YVR path to recovery continues as airport reaches 10 million passenger mark

  • On Aug 5, YVR welcomed its 10 millionth passenger through the terminal in 2022
  • Sunday, August 21 is set to be the airport’s busiest day since March 2020

MUSQUEAM TERRITORY, RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 8, 2022 /CNW/ – As the global aviation community re-builds from the impact of the pandemic, YVR reached an important milestone on August 5 as the airport hit the 10 million passenger mark year-to-date. And later this month YVR will also see its busiest single day of operations since the pandemic began, when over 70,130 passengers are expected to travel through the airport on Sunday, August 21.

“This is an important moment in our recovery. Our ability to welcome over 10 million passengers so far this year is due to the hard work of our staff, airlines, government, partners and the airport community at large. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 20,000 people who work at our airport for their dedication to serving our passengers over the past several months. Their efforts have been an essential element of our recovery,” said Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “However, there is still considerable work to be done to ensure the stability of the overall aviation sector. But after only seeing approximately 2 million passengers at this same point last year, it is very encouraging that we are able to continue to build back while avoiding many of the security and major operational delays impacting passengers around the world.”

Over the past few months airlines have made important decisions to continue to invest in service restoration and expansion at YVR, including Air Canada launching Austin and announcing new service to Bangkok and Miami commencing this winter.

Going forward the operational impact of the pandemic on aviation is akin to the virus itself – it is still very unpredictable. YVR will continue to work closely with all industry stakeholders as passenger numbers continue to increase, and we remind travellers to please remain current on government travel policy requirements.

More information to help travellers prepare for their next trip through YVR, including travel measures and top tips, is available at yvr.ca/travelplanning.

Key Airport Statistics

For the week of Aug 8-14, YVR is expected to welcome an average of 67,000 passengers per day for a total of 473,036, connecting these travellers to 95 destinations across Canada and the world.

Within the week, Sunday, August 14 and Thursday, August 11 will be the busiest travel days with 69,273 and 68, 819 passengers expected, respectively. To put this in perspective, YVR welcomed an average of 31,538 passengers daily this time last year (2021) and 82,297 pre-pandemic (2019).

Daily passenger numbers through the week, including by segment, are outlined in “The week ahead at YVR” section below. 

Latest highlights at YVR include:

  • Skip the wait and pre-order food and beverage online with the recently launched YVR Order Now program
  • Driving to the airport? Passengers can reserve their spot online and save on the price by booking on yvr.ca/parking.
  • Airline updates :
    • Cathay Pacific increases service to Hong Kong from 2x to 4x/week
    • Japan Airlines increasing service to Narita from 4x to 5x/week
    • China Airlines increasing service to Taipei from 2x to 3x/week

The week ahead at YVR
Travel forecasts for the week of Aug 8-14, 2022*

473,036 Total Passengers

  • 237,139 Arrivals
    • 123,180 Domestic
    • 61,765 U.S.
    • 52,194 International
  • 235,897 Departures
    • 126,365 Domestic
    • 59,685 U.S.
    • 49,847 International

Daily

  • Monday : 67,527
  • Tuesday : 66,965
  • Wednesday : 68,040
  • Thursday : 68,819
  • Friday : 66,538
  • Saturday : 65,874
  • Sunday : 69,273

6-7 a.m. / 10-12 p.m. / 3-4p.m.
Peak times for check-in and security screening.

95 destinations served
Across Canada and worldwide

Current travel reminders include:

  • Please arrive at the airport early—two hours ahead of scheduled domestic flights and three hours ahead for U.S. and international flights. Masks remain mandatory in the terminal and onboard your flight.
  • All travellers arriving to Canada from abroad are required to complete ArriveCAN. At YVR, travellers can save time with Customs and Immigration by using the Advance Declaration option in ArriveCAN to electronically submit their declaration information before arriving in Vancouver, reducing processing time spent in the Customs Hall.
  • The Government of Canada has resumed mandatory random testing for travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated and are arriving in Canada from an international destination, including the U.S. Travellers who have been selected for testing will receive an email with information to arrange their test as physical testing is no longer conducted at the airport.

*Data is estimated and compiled by Vancouver Airport Authority. Passenger and operational data is updated regularly and posted to our Facts & Stats page on YVR.ca.

About YVR

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a diverse global hub that connects people, cargo, data, and ideas and serves as a platform for our community to come together thrive. We are motivated by supporting regional economic development and making a positive difference in the lives of British Columbians. We do this with a focus on serving our passengers, partners, workers, and community through digital modernization, climate leadership, reconciliation, and financial sustainability.

WestJet enhances intra-B.C. connectivity with new service between Penticton and Vancouver

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 8, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today is welcoming the airline’s newest regional route with the announcement of service between Penticton, B.C., and Vancouver beginning in February of 2023. The route will strengthen critical intra-provincial connectivity for British Columbians and local businesses and is scheduled to operate six-times weekly on WestJet Link.

“The addition of new intra-provincial routes is critical as we invest in our presence in the West and look to strengthen our offerings to ensure British Columbians have more access to convenient and affordable air travel,” said Jared Mikoch-Gerke, WestJet Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs. “This new route marks the initial steps in our renewed committment to B.C., and will open up connections and opportunities for local businesses and residents as they recover from the difficult past few years.”

“This new service will not only connect British Columbians and all Canadians who will use this route, but will also create good local jobs and help grow our economy,” said The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport. “Our government operates the Penticton Airport to provide safe and reliable service for the Okanagan communities and today’s announcement will do just that.”

The new service will stimulate business and leisure travel between the cities with flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and makes WestJet the only airline serving both Calgary and Vancouver direct from Penticton.  Through the airline’s capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airline, all flights will be operated by WestJet Link, using a fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft. 

“The expansion of WestJet service is another example of the growth that Penticton is experiencing,” said Mayor John Vassilaki. “As more and more people recognize the advantages of living and working here, the addition of more direct flights to Vancouver will benefit everyone – from tourists to businesspeople. I’m pleased WestJet sees the potential for growth and look forward to the partnership between the airline and the airport being a strong factor in our economic development.”

The expansion of service is the 11th destination within the WestJet Link network and will connect more guests in smaller communities to WestJet’s global network.

RouteStart DateFrequencyOperated byDepartureArrival
Vancouver – Penticton*Beginning February 17, 20236x Weekly (excluding Saturday)WestJet Link12:45 p.m.1:35 p.m.
Penticton – Vancouver*Beginning February 17, 20236x Weekly (excluding Saturday)WestJet Link2:05 p.m.2:55 p.m.

*new route

Additional Quotes

“We are excited to see WestJet Link’s service continue to grow throughout the province and provide service to the southern Okanagan Valley. As the proud operators of WestJet Link, the expansion of this service is essential in providing additional connections for local businesses and British Columbians.”

–      Quentin Smith, Pacific Coastal Airlines President.

“This is great news for the entire Southern Okanagan region.  Not only does this open up easier access to people traveling from the lower mainland to enjoy the bounty of the Southern Okanagan, but it also adds greater flexibility for those who travel to Vancouver for business and pleasure.”

–      Jonathan McGraw, President of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.

“We are thrilled that WestJet is providing new opportunities for British Columbians to explore our beautiful province with the addition of this new exciting route,” said Walt Judas, CEO of TIABC. “The addition of YVR to YYF is a further enhancement to both leisure and business travel across our province and brings an exciting avenue for tourists from WestJet’s global network to connect to the beautiful Okanagan region from Vancouver.”

–      Walt Judas, CEO, TIABC

“We are very pleased for Penticton and area residents with this new service announcement from WestJet and partner, Pacific Coastal Airlines. Their new service announcement regarding Penticton to Vancouver, six-times weekly starting February 2023 continues to strengthen the relationship between WestJet and Penticton Airport along with the residents of the South Okanagan/Similkameen and its business community. We welcome the expanded service and look forward to the convenience this service brings.”

–     MLA Dan Ashton, Penticton 

“Connecting more people with more regions of BC through convenient and affordable air travel options is critical. This new service between Vancouver International Airport and Penticton will connect more British Columbians and visitors with the tremendous offerings of BC’s Southern Interior region. We applaud WestJet for strengthening their commitment to British Columbia—expanding air travel options in the province, in partnership with WestJet Link service operator Pacific Coastal Airlines” 

–    Mike McNaney, Vice President and Chief External Relations Officer, Vancouver International Airport

About WestJet  

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic. 

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium. 

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

Air India Increases Delhi to Vancouver Flights to Daily from August 31

First step in planned scale up of international flight operations

VANCOUVER, BC, Aug. 8, 2022 /CNW/ — Air India today announced the increase in frequencies between Delhi and Vancouver, Canada, from 3x weekly to daily service with effect from August 31.

This enhancement in frequency caters to growing traffic between India and Canada, and has been enabled by the return to service of the widebody Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft with three class configuration of first, business and economy.   

Manufacturer Boeing has been working closely with Air India following its acquisition by Tata Group to restore aircraft that had been grounded for prolonged periods due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other reasons. The progressive restoration of these aircraft has already allowed Air India to increase schedule resilience and will allow further frequency and network increases over the coming months.

“This increase in our frequency between Delhi and Vancouver is very welcome for many reasons. It is another sign of recovery from the pandemic and caters to strong customer demand. More importantly, it marks the first step in restoring Air India’s fleet and international network,” said Mr. Campbell Wilson, MD and CEO, Air India.

“We are pleased to mark this significant milestone, and the team at Air India is hard at work to enable more expansion in the near future,” he added.

Air India’s widebody fleet currently stands at 43 aircraft, of which 33 are operational. This is a significant improvement from 28 aircraft that the airline was operating till recently. The remaining aircraft will be progressively returned to service by early 2023.

DELHI – VANCOUVER SCHEDULE FROM 31 AUGUST 2022

RouteFlight No.Days of operation DailyDepartureArrival
Delhi-VancouverAI 185Daily05:15hrs07:15hrs
Vancouver-DelhiAI 186Daily10:15hrs   13:15hrs+1

WestJet brings back the heat this Winter

Airline to return 17 sun and leisure routes suspended during pandemic to destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico and U.S.

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 8, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today celebrated the return of 17 sun routes to its network this winter. The returning routes which were suspended for more than two years, bring enhanced connectivity and vacation options for Canadians and communities across the airline’s network.

“The restart of these routes is another positive step in the restoration our network as we solidify WestJet as the reliable, friendly and affordable airline we are known to be,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer. “We recognize the past three winters have been disruptive to our guests travel plans and we look forward to reconnecting Canadians to some of the warmer destinations they have missed the most.”

The airline today also announced new six-times weekly regional service between Penticton, B.C., and Vancouver beginning on February 17, 2023 on WestJet Link along with the restart of domestic connectivity between Edmonton and Nanaimo, B.C.

Highlights from WestJet’s winter schedule release:

Sun and Leisure, Transborder and Transatlantic:

  • Restart of 17 sun and leisure routes suspended since 2019
  • 45 per cent increase to sun and leisure flights from winter 2021
  • 60 per cent increase in transborder flights from winter 2021
  • 25 per cent increase in transatlantic flights from winter 2021

WestJet’s investments in sun, transborder and leisure flying are growing across the country with:

  • A 50% increase in flights from Central/Eastern Canada from winter 2021
  • A 55% increase in flights from Western Canada from winter 2021

Network-wide:

  • 65 per cent increase in flights to/from Winnipeg (YWG) from winter 2021
  • 50 per cent increase in flights to/from Edmonton (YEG) from winter 2021
  • 35 per cent increase in flights to/from Vancouver (YVR) from winter 2021
  • 30 per cent increase in flights to/from Calgary (YYC) from winter 2021
  • 10 per cent increase in flights to/from Toronto (YYZ) from winter 2021

Domestic:

  • New domestic connection between Vancouver and Penticton, B.C., on WestJet Link
  • Restart of Edmonton-Nanaimo route suspended since 2019
  • 25 per cent overall increase in flights network-wide domestically from winter 2021

Transborder Restarts:

RouteRestart DatePeak FrequencyOperated By
Kelowna – PhoenixNovember 16, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Saskatoon – Las VegasNovember 10, 20222x WeeklyWestJet
Saskatoon – Orlando*December 16, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Regina – Las VegasNovember 10, 20222x WeeklyWestJet
Regina – OrlandoDecember 16, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Vancouver – OrlandoNovember 12, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Winnipeg – PhoenixOctober 31, 20222x WeeklyWestJet
St. John’s – Tampa BayMarch 19, 20231x WeeklyWestJet
*Operated on very limited basis in 2021

Carribean, Mexico, Central American Restarts:

RouteRestart DatePeak FrequencyOperated By
Calgary – Belize CityNovember 18, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Calgary – NassauNovember 26, 20221x weeklyWestJet
Calgary – VaraderoNovember 5, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Comox – Puerto VallartaNovember 5, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Ottawa – Montego BayNovember 12, 20222x WeeklyWestJet
Regina – Cancun*November 13, 20222x WeeklyWestJet
Toronto – Cayo CocoNovember 5, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Toronto – SamanaDecember 17, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
Winnipeg – Montego BayDecember 17, 20221x WeeklyWestJet
*Operated on very limited basis in 2021

Domestic Routes:

RouteStart DateFrequencyOperated by
Vancouver – Penticton*February 17, 20236x WeeklyWestJet Link
Edmonton – NanaimoOctober 30, 20223x WeeklyWestJet Encore
*new route

About WestJet  

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic. 

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium. 

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

Flair Airlines adds affordable non-stop sun service between Toronto and Cancun, moves Los Angeles service to LAX

  • Twice weekly service from Toronto to Cancun begins November 3, beginning at $109 CAD
  • Service from Edmonton and Vancouver changes to Los Angeles (LAX) from Hollywood-Burbank (BUR) on October 31
  • Added frequencies between Vancouver and Puerto Vallarta (4x weekly) and between Vancouver and Los Cabos (3x weekly)

Edmonton, Alberta, August 3, 2022 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, is adding another exciting route to its Mexico network with service to Cancun from Toronto. Twice weekly service will connect Torontonians to Cancun, nonstop. There will also be additional frequencies added on several Mexico routes. Flair is also moving its Los Angeles operations from Hollywood Burbank Airport to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), effective October 31.

“We’re delighted to add an additional route to our network in Mexico. We know that Canadians will be looking to beat the winter blues by escaping to the sandy beaches of Cancun, and we’ve added additional service to the airport to allow people to chase the sun affordably,” said Stephen Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Flair Airlines. “As we continue our growth in the Mexican market, we look forward to increasing frequencies on our routes and adding new destinations. We can’t wait to be a part of your next sunny vacation.”

Toronto to Cancun is now one of eight Mexican routes, joining service to Cancun from Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa. Travellers can also fly to Los Cabos from Abbotsford, Edmonton, and Vancouver (with increased frequency from 2x weekly to 3x weekly), as well as the newly added Puerto Vallarta routes from Edmonton and Vancouver this fall which will be increased from 1x weekly to 4x weekly.

Other changes for the winter include Flair’s move from Hollywood-Burbank to LAX. The airport is close to LA attractions such as Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills. Service to Los Angeles begins on October 31 from Edmonton (3x weekly) and November 1 from Vancouver (4x weekly). “We are thrilled to have secured gate availability at LAX’s spectacular new Tom Bradley International Terminal,” said Jones.

“We are confident that our LAX service will resonate well with our customers and are looking forward to growing our capacity in the market starting this winter.” One-way fares to Cancun from Toronto, including taxes and fees, begin at $109 CAD.

One-way fares to Los Angeles, including taxes and fees, begin at $99 CAD from both Edmonton and Vancouver. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. All flights are now available for booking at https://www.flyflair.com.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s leading low-fare airline and its greenest airline, on a mission to provide affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 35 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit www.flyflair.com.

The week ahead at YVR and July performance

Over 2 million passengers travel through YVR in July

Almost 470,000 passengers expected this week

MUSQUEAM TERRITORY, BC and RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 2, 2022 /CNW/ – To support passengers in their journey through the airport, YVR is providing weekly passengers forecasts, busiest days and times for travel, number of destinations served, and important reminders and tips as well as monthly performance data.

For the week of August 1 – 7, YVR is expected to welcome an average of approximately 67,000 passengers per day for a total of 469,781, connecting these travellers to 95 destinations across Canada and the world.

Within this week, Thursday August 4 and Sunday August 7 are the busiest travel days with 68,516 and 69,800 passengers expected, respectively. To put this in perspective, YVR welcomed an average of 29,139 passengers daily this time last year (2021) and 81,270 pre-pandemic (2019).

Looking back on the full month of July, 2,060,126 passengers travelled through YVR; 1,018,469 of which were departing and 1,041,657 arriving. During that timeframe, a total of approximately 965,000 bags were processed.

Based on data provided by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), approximately 81.5 per cent of passengers were screened within 15 minutes during July.

YVR’s full data set for the week ahead and month of July is outlined in The week ahead at YVR section below.

Latest highlights at YVR include:

  • Skip the wait and pre-order food and beverage online with the recently launched YVR Order Now program.
  • Driving to the airport? Passengers can reserve their spot online and save on the price by booking on yvr.ca/parking.
  • At YVR this week, passengers can experience:
    • Popsicles for passengers: Thurs, Aug 04, 11:00-12:30pm YVR will be providing complementary Johnny Pops to passengers waiting in line ups.
    • Food truck pilot: Thurs, Aug 04, 04:00-12:00am midnight, Salty’s Lobster Shack and Planted Love food trucks will be serving up offerings on the Departures Level 3 curbside.
    • Welcome sign making station: Starting Wed, Aug 03, people waiting in the meet & greet area in international arrivals hall will be able to hand-make welcome signs while they wait for friends and relatives to arrive. YVR will be setting up a Welcome Sign Making Station which will be available between 10:00 and 16.30 on weekdays.
    • Snacks and activities for kids in the Customs Hall: Starting Thurs, Aug 04, Passengers waiting for bags in the international arrivals will be provided complementary water and snacks. Snack cart operations will coincide with peaks and delays.

Current travel reminders include:

  • Please arrive at the airport early—two hours ahead of scheduled domestic flights and three hours ahead for U.S. and international flights. Masks remain mandatory in the terminal and onboard your flight.
  • All travellers arriving to Canada from abroad are required to complete ArriveCAN. At YVR, travellers can save time with Customs and Immigration by using the Advance Declaration option in ArriveCAN to electronically submit their declaration information before arriving in Vancouver, reducing processing time spent in the Customs Hall.
  • The Government of Canada has resumed mandatory random testing for travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated and are arriving in Canada from an international destination, including the U.S. Travellers who have been selected for testing will receive an email with information to arrange their test as physical testing is no longer conducted at the airport.

More information to help travellers prepare for their next trip through YVR, including travel measures and top tips, is available at yvr.ca/travelplanning

The week ahead at YVR Travel forecasts for the week of August 1 – 7, 2022*

469,781 – Total Passengers

236,986 – Arrivals232,795 – Departures
122,213 – Domestic
62,019 – U.S.
52,754 – Internationa
123,235 – Domestic
59,682 – U.S.
49,878 – International

Daily

  • Sunday: 69,800
  • Monday: 63,490
  • Tuesday: 67,627
  • Wednesday: 67,915
  • Thursday: 68,516
  • Friday: 66,277

6-7a.m. / 10-1 p.m. / 3-5p.m. Peak times for check-in and security screening

95 destinations served Across Canada and worldwide

*Data is estimated and compiled by Vancouver Airport Authority.

Performance at YVR for the period of July 1 – 31, 2022*

2,060,126 Total passengers

81.5% of travellers screened within 15 minutes through CATSA security screening checkpoints.

675,000 Approximate total pieces of outbound baggage

290,000 Approximate total pieces of inbound baggage

*Data is based on actual operations and compiled by Vancouver Airport Authority. Passenger and operational data is updated regularly and posted to our Facts & Stats page on YVR.ca.

About YVR

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a diverse global hub that connects people, cargo, data, and ideas and serves as a platform for our community to come together thrive. We are motivated by supporting regional economic development and making a positive difference in the lives of British Columbians. We do this with a focus on serving our passengers, partners, workers, and community through digital modernization, climate leadership, reconciliation, and financial sustainability.