Tag: Vancouver YVR

Lufthansa’s Canadian ties strengthened through collaboration with the trade

News provided by TravelWeek.ca – Link to full article

Friday, June 14, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group

TORONTO — Lufthansa has been upgrading its Canadian routes with A350s now flying from Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Lufthansa’s Hans deHaan, Senior Director, Canada, says the aircraft is a step forward with its passenger comfort and optimized cabin pressurization: “You can really notice when you step off the plane.”

DeHaan joined Lufthansa Group’s Tal Muscal, Director of Group Communications, The Americas and Frank Naeve, newly appointed (as of May 1) Vice President of Sales, The Americas for a round table discussion yesterday to discuss The Lufthansa Group’s (LHG) presence in the Canadian market and what to expect for the future.

In 2018 Lufthansa flew 142 million passengers, marking a record number for the Skytrax-rated 5-star airline. DeHaan says what makes Lufthansa unique from other airlines is its “extremely wide offering to areas around the world, the high standard of reliability, a great partnership with Air Canada, our product being up to where it should be. And we are a 5-star airline.”

Naeve said Lufthansa Group has 221 new planes on order scheduled to enter the fleet by 2027, at a price of approximately $43 billion. Lufthansa has plans to bring down the average age of its fleet, bring in 787 Dreamliners, new Boeing 777 planes and Airbus A-350s, which will replace the 747s.

LHG’s summer schedule involves 62 frequencies out of Canada into five European hubs: Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Vienna and Zurich.

Lufthansa’s 20+ year partnership with Air Canada continues and gives travellers a high level of flexibility.

Lufthansa’s connection to Canada is strengthened through collaboration with the travel trade. A sales force of 20 reps is in touch with corporate accounts and holds seminars for agents with updates on the operations within Lufthansa.

For over 20 years Lufthansa has also worked to improve its position in terms of environmental issues and social responsibility. Purchasing 40 new long-haul aircraft of the newest generation of 20 A350s and 20 B787s, Lufthansa Group aims to modernize its fleet. These plans are part of a “comprehensive program we are putting in place where we quite clearly want to make a contribution to reducing out CO2 emissions and having a positive impact,” says Naeve.

Lufthansa also wants to be a 2.9 L engine carrier, down from 4L, and in the next decade plans to eliminate the use of regular fuel consumption vehicles on the ground, transitioning to electric vehicles in airports and making its facilities greener.

And in May 2019 the Lufthansa Group officially launched ‘help alliance Americas’ as a sub-organization of its long-standing aid organization, ‘help alliance worldwide’, focused on social commitment projects and charitable outreach. Says Naeve: “We see it as our responsibility not just to do business, but to be part of society and make a contribution wherever we can.” In 2018, Lufthansa covered all the costs of administration, project assistance, fundraising and communication at help alliance gGmbH to ensure 100% of all other donations go to fund aid projects.

Meanwhile with its Lufthansa Innovation Hub in Berlin, Lufthansa is using data to improve the passenger experience. “What is important to us is that we deliver these ideas to add value for the customer effectively,” says Naeve.

DeHaan touched on Lufthansa’s onboard experience. With an upgraded selection of movie choices, those who fly Lufthansa will notice that “the food is fantastic, the service is very personalized, and it’s a very nice experience”.

Touching on the diversity of each airline within Lufthansa Group – including Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines – Naeve said: “Part of what we do as the Lufthansa Group is provide a high level of service and comfort, but each airline retains the positives that they bring from their own cultural background, which is appreciated by our passengers.”

Naeve has 30 years of experience at Lufthansa Group, working in Germany, China and Singapore. Talking about his goals for his new role, he says he hopes to work on “increasing a footprint in the Americas by growing the network and linking new cities and increasing frequencies by meeting customers, teams, partners and stakeholders. Also important is working to further improve the offer to the customers through Lufthansa’s joint venture with Air Canada.”

Jetlines Announces Granting of Slots at Vancouver International Airport

Provided by Canada Jetlines Ltd./Globe Newswire

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada Jetlines Ltd. (JET: TSX-V; JETMF: OTCQB) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce that it has been granted slots at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to operate its first Winter Schedule. This announcement follows Jetlines’ February 7, 2019 news release announcing YVR as its home airport and primary base of operations when the Company intends to launch operations in December this year.

The slots will permit Jetlines to operate up to ten flights per day and over 1,000 flights during the first winter season from December 17, 2019 to March 28, 2020 as the Company plans to grow commercial operations and offer service in time for the upcoming winter holiday season. The initial two Airbus A320 aircraft that Jetlines has secured through its partnership with SmartLynx will be parked at YVR airport nightly.

Jetlines CEO, Javier Suarez, commented, “I am excited to share that all slots to operate our winter schedule have been awarded. It is significant for Jetlines as we work to commence operations out of Vancouver International Airport. The Airport operates at a very high capacity in the winter season, as travellers plan trips to see family and friends, or to go on a vacation. These slots will allow us to fly our first passengers for these special occasions at incredibly low fares – at a price point that most Canadians have not had the opportunity to fly at.”

Jetlines selected YVR as their future base for operations due to it being the second busiest airport in Canada, serving more than 25.9 million passengers in 2018. It is also the busiest airport in British Columbia and the airport with the largest catchment area. The airport has more than 2.5 million people living less than 30 minutes drive from it. As well as it being the closest airport to Vancouver’s city center, the airport is also extremely well connected to the city by transit with a rapid transit rail.

Jetlines ability to sell tickets and launch airline service remains subject to the completion of the airline licensing process, the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the completion of financing.

Air Transat announces the new features of its winter 2019-2020 flight program

Provided by Air Transat A.T. Inc/CNW

The carrier will add New Orleans, Louisiana, to its list of destinations and will serve Madrid and Malaga, Spain, year round

MONTREAL, June 6, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat today announced the new features of its flight program for winter 2019–2020, effective November 1, and is continuing to develop its service to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, Florida and Louisiana, offering over 30 Sun destinations as well as several European regions. In addition, the carrier will add new Airbus A321neoLR aircraft to its operations this winter.

“Bringing our Airbus A321neoLRs into our fleet in winter 2019–2020 will give us greater flexibility, which will help us reinforce our leadership in Quebec, strengthen our presence in Ontario and return in force in the Canadian West,” says Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat. “We will therefore be adding new destinations out of Vancouver, including Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as well as Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica,” she adds.

Even more new routes and destinations 
This winter, the airline will introduce new destinations and routes out of several regions of the country. Air Transat will now be the only airline to offer a direct flight from Montreal to New Orleans, Louisiana, with two direct flights per week beginning in November.

In the West, Air Transat will refocus a significant portion of its operations on Vancouver, becoming the only carrier to serve Fort Lauderdale, Florida (two direct flights a week). In addition, the airline will offer new flights to San José and Liberia, Costa Rica (two flights a week), and reintroduce a direct flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

In Ontario, the carrier will increase its presence, including a new direct flight to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, from London. A new direct flight to Santa Clara, Cuba, from Hamilton will also be added, as well as an additional direct flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for a total of two direct flights a week.

More flights to Florida and sustained frequency to the Dominican Republic and Mexico
Air Transat will be investing in Florida, with a focus on Fort Lauderdale. Daily direct flights will now be offered from Montreal during peak season as well as an increased frequency from Quebec City (five direct flights a week).

Air Transat will enhance its program with an additional direct flight to Puerto Plata out of Montreal (five direct flights weekly). Punta Cana will also benefit from an additional direct flight out of Hamilton (two direct flights a week), in addition to existing daily direct flights out of Montreal and Toronto.

To Mexico, Air Transat will be offering an additional direct flight to Puerto Vallarta out of Calgary, for a total of four direct flights a week, in addition to its daily direct flights to Cancun/Riviera Maya from Montreal and Toronto.

Winter in Europe
Beginning in winter 2019–2020, Air Transat will fly year-round to Madrid and Malaga, Spain, out of Montreal (two direct flights a week, respectively) as well as out of Toronto and Vancouver through connecting flights in addition to its daily direct flight from Montreal to Paris, France.

Out of Toronto, the airline will offer its two weekly direct flights to Glasgow and Manchester, United Kingdom, year-round and will extend the flight season until mid-January for Barcelona, Spain (two flights a week), and Rome, Italy (two direct flights a week), in addition to offering daily flights to London, United Kingdom.

Domestic and connecting flights for more options
Air Transat’s domestic flights program, which connects several of Canada’s major cities, will offer a wider choice of transatlantic destinations through connecting flights and will also give Canadians a chance to discover their own vast country. The carrier will continue its daily flights between Montreal and Toronto, in addition to its seven direct flights a week between Vancouver and Toronto and its three weekly direct flights between Montreal and Vancouver.

YVR Celebrates Major Construction Milestone of International Terminal Expansion

Provided by Vancouver Airport Authority/CNW

Set to open in 2020, expansion further enhances YVR’s position as a world-class connecting hub

RICHMOND, BC, June 4, 2019 /CNW/ – Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated a major milestone with a steel topping ceremony for the expansion of the airport’s International Terminal Building, known as Pier D. The event marked the completion of the structural phase of the building, which remains on schedule to open in 2020. This project is part of YVR’s multi-billion dollar expansion program, which includes 75 projects over 20 years.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated a major milestone today with a steel topping ceremony for the expansion of the airport’s International Terminal Building, known as Pier D. (from left to right) Jason Glue, representing the Board of Directors for the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA); Tertius Serfontein, Senior Director, Airports – Western Canada, Air Canada; Honourable George Chow, B.C. Minister of State for Trade; Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority; and Alec Dan, Musqueam Indian Band. (CNW Group/Vancouver Airport Authority)
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated a major milestone today with a steel topping ceremony for the expansion of the airport’s International Terminal Building, known as Pier D. (from left to right) Jason Glue, representing the Board of Directors for the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA); Tertius Serfontein, Senior Director, Airports – Western Canada, Air Canada; Honourable George Chow, B.C. Minister of State for Trade; Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority; and Alec Dan, Musqueam Indian Band. (CNW Group/Vancouver Airport Authority)

Vancouver Airport Authority President and CEO Craig Richmond was joined by the Honourable George Chow, B.C. Minister of State for Trade; Tertius Serfontein, Senior Director, Airports – Western Canada, Air Canada; and Jason Glue, representing the Board of Directors, British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) to celebrate the steel topping.

Once complete, the expanded terminal will include an additional eight wide body gates, including four bridged gates and four remote stand operation (RSO) gates. The added gates will enable the airport to support large aircraft including the A380 which has a wingspan of 260 feet. This expansion will help YVR meet growing passenger demand, having welcomed a record 25.9 million passengers in 2018, better connecting British Columbians and local businesses to the world, while improving the airport experience.

The expansion will continue with YVR’s well-known sense of place. Passengers will experience the beauty of B.C. with a glassed-in nature feature made up of three western hemlock (tsuga heterophylla) trees. Amenities such as digital art, restaurants and bars will also reflect all that B.C. has to offer.

YVR’s operations—together with tourism and cargo—contribute more than $16 billion in total economic output, $8.4 billion in GDP and $1.4 billion in government revenue across B.C. Each new flight through YVR creates hundreds of jobs and contributes millions of dollars in economic benefit to the province.

YVR’s multi-year expansion plans are made possible due to YVR’s unique operating structure. YVR receives no government funding and all profits generated are reinvested back into the airport for the benefit of its customers, partners and communities.

To learn more about YVR’s key projects that will enhance the airport experience, visit yvr.ca/construction.

Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority 
“YVR’s mandate is to serve our region, connecting people and products to destinations all around the world. We are able to deliver on this thanks to our unique operating model and by being a connecting hub, which encourages passengers from other parts of the world to travel through our airport. Connecting passengers create enough demand to support air services that would not otherwise be possible. This directly results in significant benefits—not only more destinations, airlines and choices for passengers but jobs and business activity for the local, provincial and national economy.”

Honourable George Chow, Minister of State for Trade
“Visitors to our province want modern and accessible transportation and Vancouver International Airport offers them a world-class experience from the moment they step off the plane. YVR also plays an important role connecting visitors to the amazing tourism experiences in all corners of our province. I know this terminal expansion will continue YVR’s award-winning reputation, support more international visitors and help build B.C.’s economy. Congratulations to everyone involved on reaching this important milestone.”

Tertius Serfontein, Senior Director, Airports – Western Canada, Air Canada
“We have strategically developed and expanded Air Canada’s international network over the last several years transforming YVR into our commercial trans-Pacific hub that efficiently connects people from our Asia, Australia, Indiaand Europe flights to and from our vast North American network radiating from YVR. Over the last five years, we have added 46 per cent in additional capacity and today, we launch up to 1,293 flights globally each week, representing more than $5 billion worth of aircraft assets dedicated to the YVR market every day.”

Jason Glue, Representing the Board of Directors, British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA)
“On behalf of the BC Construction Association and the 25,000 employers in B.C.’s Construction industry, my congratulations to Vancouver Airport Authority, PCL Construction and the skilled tradespeople who are building the Pier D expansion project for achieving this significant milestone. I want to thank the Airport Authority for helping make B.C.’s construction sector stronger by building world class projects that provide valuable training opportunities for our skilled tradespeople, and for letting us play a role in making the already magical arrival experience at YVR even more memorable.”

Jeff Murphy, BC Region District Manager, PCL Construction 
“We have been construction partners with YVR for almost 25 years and are honoured to continue this partnership on the Pier D expansion project. This expansion is the largest terminal expansion since 1996, and we couldn’t be prouder that our team gets to build it. Working collaboratively with YVR, the consultants and trade contractors, the PCL team worked safely and diligently to complete the steel structure on time and are excited to celebrate the completion of it today.”

Air Canada extends leased Omni Air 767 to early-Sep 2019

News provided by RoutesOnline.com

By Jim Liu Posted 30 May 2019 09:00

Air Canada on Wednesday (29MAY19) filed additional service changes for Hawaii, as leased Omni Air 767-200ER service extended to early-September 2019.

Vancouver – Honolulu 02JUN19 – 02SEP19 Omni 767 replaces 737 MAX 8, service reduces from 7 to 4 weekly
AC2411 YVR 1715 – 2020 HNL 762 x246
AC2410 HNL 2155 – 0635+1 YVR 762 x246

Vancouver – Kahului 04JUN19 – 31AUG19 Omni 767 replaces 737 MAX 8, service reduces from 7 to 3 weekly
AC2413 YVR 1715 – 2030 OGG 762 246
AC2412 OGG 2205 – 0640+1 YVR 762 246

Gamsahabnida! Air Canada Marks 25 Years of Service to Seoul, South Korea

Provided by Air Canada/CNW

  • Inaugurated three times weekly flights in 1994 onboard Boeing 747 Combi aircraft
  • Flights today are daily onboard Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliners from both YVR and Toronto Pearson

MONTREAL, May 17, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada is excited to mark 25 years of non-stop service between Canada and Seoul, South Korea. To celebrate this milestone, Air Canada has a special promotion featuring fares from Vancouver to Seoul return, from as low as $1,325 CDN all in, and from Toronto to Seoul return, from as low as $1,525 CDN all in. These celebratory fares are available until May 20, 2019 and are available for purchase now on aircanada.com and via travel agents.

Air Canada launched service to Seoul in 1994 with the Boeing 747-Combi (top), a route that continues today with Boeing 777s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners (bottom). (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada launched service to Seoul in 1994 with the Boeing 747-Combi (top), a route that continues today with Boeing 777s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners (bottom). (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Prior to the departure of today’s flight AC63 from YVR to Seoul, a celebration was held at YVR where customers also enjoyed traditional cultural performances and activities prior to boarding.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 25 years of proud service between Canada and South Korea. Since 1994, millions of customers have travelled on our airline between our two countries to conduct business, visit friends and family, study, learn more about each country’s wonderful heritage, and to visit UNESCO and cultural attractions. Both countries have introduced a diverse range of delicious, culinary traditions to each other with Korean BBQ and other specialties now enjoyed by more and more Canadians. We are very pleased to be an important link between our two countries, and to help sustain the positive relationship our nations enjoy,” said John MacLeod, Vice President, Global Sales and Alliances, at Air Canada.

“On behalf of YVR, I would like to congratulate Air Canada on a successful 25 years of serving Vancouver and Seoul,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Air Canada’s Vancouver to Seoul service is key to our vision of creating a world-class hub. It connects Canada to an incredible country, with a deep history and unique culture, and one of the world’s most thriving and innovative economies. We are excited for the future, as we work with Air Canada to build their trans-Pacific hub at YVR, and the ongoing success of the Seoul service.”

Twenty-five years ago in May 1994, Air Canada inaugurated three times weekly flights to Seoul, the first Asia-Pacificdestination to be served by Canada’s flag carrier.  At that time, the routing was Toronto-Vancouver-Seoul and flights were operated with Boeing 747-400 Combi aircraft.  Air Canada’s flights originally operated to and from Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport (GMP), later moving to Incheon International Airport (ICN) when it opened in 2001, and where Air Canada’s flights continue to operate from today.

Today, Air Canada operates daily flights year-round between Vancouver and Seoul with Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and up to daily flights year-round between Toronto and Seoul with both Boeing 777s and 787 Dreamliners.

Air Canada’s flights to and from Seoul are scheduled to connect easily and conveniently to and from a multitude of destinations at both its YVR trans-pacific hub and at its Toronto Pearson global hub.  Customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyal program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers also enjoy priority check-in, priority boarding, Maple Leaf Lounges, and other benefits.

Jetlines Announces a Definitive Lease Agreement with SmartLynx for Two Airbus A320 Aircraft in Line for December Launch

Provided by Canada Jetlines Ltd/Globe Newswire

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada Jetlines Ltd. (JET: TSX-V; JETMF: OTCQB) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into definitive lease agreement with its partner, SmartLynx Airlines SIA, for two Airbus A320 that will be available for delivery in Q4 2019 in line with the expected commencement of Jetlines’ operations. Jetlines has set a launch of commercial service targeted for December 17, 2019 using Vancouver (YVR) as Jetlines’ home airport.

Jetlines’ operations department intends to conduct a familiarization inspection of the aircraft in the next few months to ensure the aircraft are in compliance with the Transport Canada A320 Type Certificate, and identify any additional equipment required.

The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by November 5, 2019 and as part of the AOC (Air Operator Certificate) process, they will be inspected by Transport Canada prior to launching operations.

CEO, Javier Suarez commented, “I am thrilled with the favourable lease rates offered by our partner Smartlynx. I’m also very pleased to share that the aircraft will be delivered in flight-ready condition with no reconfiguration needed; keeping our turnaround time and costs down. The aircraft will be Jetlines branded with the previously defined ultra-low cost 180 seats with an all economy configuration. We are working hard to have these two aircraft flying right before the busy holiday season in December 2019.”

Executive Chairman, Mark Morabito commented, “I want to again express my appreciation to our partners at SmartLynx for working with Jetlines to conclude these definitive lease agreements on favorable terms. Jetlines continues to work on concluding the final component of its financing plan so that it can begin airline operations in time for the holiday season.”

The two Airbus A320’s have virtually identical conformity in design, features, and equipment, allowing Jetlines to expedite the necessary training and maintenance processes. The two aircraft will be configured with 180 ultra-light ACRO seats, helping the airline save fuel while increasing its payload.

Vancouver Airport Authority recognized as leader in Canadian innovation

Provided by Vancouver Airport Authority/CNW

Vancouver Airport Authority among winners of 2019 Vision to Reality Awards for developing the world’s first automated border clearance kiosk

RICHMOND, BC, May 14, 2019 /CNW/ – Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) has been recognized as a winner of PwC Canada’s 2019 Vision to Reality (V2R) awards for its self-service border control solution, BorderXpress, in the Builder category. BorderXpress technology was developed by Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS), an independent business unit within Vancouver International Airport. The award ceremony took place in Toronto on May 9, 2019.

“We are honoured to be considered a leader in innovation for our BorderXpress solution. YVR has gone from identifying a universal problem at our own airport with border processing to building a locally-based product that it is now the global market leader,” says Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “With increased demand for air travel and changing border regulations, the industry must embrace innovation to increase efficiencies and improve passenger satisfaction, while maintaining the highest security standards.”

V2R is PwC Canada’s annual program aimed at recognizing and celebrating the most forward-thinking organizations in Canada. The awards are judged by an independent panel of judges and include four categories: The Visionary, the Builder, the Reinventor and the Accelerator. In addition to Vancouver Airport Authority, British Columbia’s Ministry of Health, GHGSat Inc. and Sun Life Financial were also named winners in the other respective categories.  

As the winner of the Builder category, Vancouver Airport Authority had to meet several requirements, including having revenue between CA$51 million and $CA1 billion, as well as being Canadian controlled or headquartered in Canada. The organization also had to demonstrate that it was actively innovating to improve product quality and find service efficiencies to help break through to the next level.

“Congratulations to Vancouver Airport Authority for winning the Builder Award at the 2019 PwC Vision to Reality (V2R) Awards,” says Chris Dulny, Chief Innovation Officer, PwC Canada. “Never has there been a more important time to bring together a community of innovators to encourage, support and value Canada’s most forward-thinking organizations.”

BorderXpress is a self-service border control solution that uses an efficient two-step process to expedite the border clearance process, reducing passenger wait times by more than 60 per cent. This results in cost and space savings and allows border officers to focus on maintaining the safety of the border. BorderXpress provides better exception handling, is fully accessible to persons with disabilities and can be configured with up to 35 different languages. It can process any passenger, including families travelling as a group.

“Technology plays a critical role in modernizing border management so that we can meet the needs of tomorrow’s traveller,” says Steve Hankinson, Vice President, Innovation and Planning, Vancouver Airport Authority. “At ITS, we have the experience needed to deliver a solution that is guaranteed to succeed – our technology is built by an airport, for airports. The recognition in receiving the Vision to Reality award further drives this home.”

ITS delivers industry-leading automated border control solutions that are proven to enhance the overall traveller experience and airport performance. Since 2009, ITS has sold over 1,600 kiosks at 44 airport, seaport and onboard sites around the world, helping more than 250 million passengers clear the border safely and securely. 

For more information about the V2R Awards, please visit pwc.com/ca/v2r.

Air Canada Summer 2019 Western Canada service adjustment

News provided by RoutesOnline.com

By Jim Liu | Posted 30 April 2019

Air Canada during summer season is adjusting service in Western Canada, as the airline continues moving most service to Dash8-Q400 aircraft, instead of -300 (or -300/Q400 mix, based on comparison with summer 2018 season). Planned changes, effective 01MAY19, as follows.

Calgary – Kelowna Dash8-Q400 service increases from 3 to 4 daily (All flights operated by Q400)
Calgary – Saskatoon Dash8-Q400 service increases from 3 to 4 daily (All flights operated by Q400)
Calgary – Winnipeg 2 daily A320 and 1 daily CRJ900, replacing 4 daily CRJ900/Dash8-Q400
Vancouver – Comox 4 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 5 daily Dash8-300
Vancouver – Kamloops 4 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 5 daily Dash8-300/Q400
Vancouver – Nanaimo 7 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 8 daily Dash8-300/Q400
Vancouver – Penticton 3 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 4 daily Dash8-300
Vancouver – Prince Rupert 2 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 3 daily (weekdays) Dash8-300. Aircraft change from 01JUN19
Vancouver – Sandspit 2 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of Dash8-300/Q400. Aircraft change to all-Q400 from 01JUN19
Vancouver – Smithers 2 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 3 daily Dash8-300

Multi-Agency Training Exercise at YVR

Provided by Vancouver Airport AuthorityCNW

RICHMOND, BC, April 30, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is hosting an airport-wide training exercise simulating an aircraft accident. YVR’s airfield and terminal will be used to practice emergency response plans with business partners, airlines and emergency responders. Nearly 500 participants from 25 different agencies will be involved in the exercise. Airport operations will not be impacted by this exercise.

The training exercise will run from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Passengers are advised to expect actors in the terminal taking part in the exercise. All participants will be clearly identifiable by vests, YVR baseball caps and/or name tags. Signs will also be posted around the airport with information. As a part of the exercise, there may also be smoke and emergency vehicles visible around Sea Island.

Full scale training exercises are a key part of YVR’s Emergency Management Plan and are performed on a regular basis to ensure emergency preparedness.