YVR breaks ground on expansion projects

Alyse Kotyk / Richmond News

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As one of North America’s fastest growing airports, Vancouver International Airport has its eye set on 75 major expansion projects over the next 20 years. On Thursday, it broke ground on several of them.

Included in YVR’s list of capital projects, which are expected to cost $9.1 billion, are terminal expansions, parking changes and sustainability features. By the end of the year, the airport expects to create around 2,500 full time construction jobs on Sea Island, plus many others off-site.

Forest feature in Terminal D Photo YVR Airport

“We are experiencing record growth at YVR as we deliver on our mission to connect British Columbia proudly to the world and these ambitious expansion projects will further position YVR as a world-class connecting hub,” said Vancouver Airport Authority CEO Craig Richmond in a press release.

“As we build the airport of the future, our focus is to move people and goods efficiently, while continuing to delight people with a wide range of offerings, amenities and outstanding customer service.”

New Parkade Photo YVR Airport
Currently, YVR supports 24,000 jobs on Sea Island and more than 100,000 jobs across the province. In 2017, the airport welcomed a record-breaking 24.2 million passengers and expects to accommodate 32 million by 2022.

“YVR connects people and businesses in B.C. with the world,” said Premier John Horgan in a press release.

“From tech to tourism, wood products and natural resources, the expansion of this important hub will help B.C. strengthen ties with global partners, attract investment, and generate good jobs for people in B.C.”

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