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LeftCoaster
Jul 4, 2009, 2:11 AM
Thanks for the upload.

Methinks I spotted a Vera's :yes:

deasine
Jul 4, 2009, 2:40 AM
YVR changed a lot from the last time I was there... which was a long time ago anyway. Here are a few more photos of the C-Pier terminal in addition to the ones zahav has uploaded which just opened int the morning. Apologize for the quality: with cellphone.

To C-Pier:
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Taken by Deasine ∙ July 03 2009 ∙ Hosted on Facebook ∙ Creative Commons Protected

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To Int'l:
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Back to C-Pier:
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Alpine Court:
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At the end:
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Kids Area:
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trofirhen
Jul 4, 2009, 4:11 AM
Those are great pictures! They show an airport that is "going places!" There is only one thing missing; the gamut of destinations of which YVR is worthy. I think this, too will change over the next three years, despite the negativistic "doom and gloom" naysayers who seem to enjoy throwing cold water on everything. Keep on sluggin', people! We'll make it to the Big League yet ! ;)

SpongeG
Jul 4, 2009, 7:38 PM
nice pics looks good

this is a lot of seating - is it in a hallway or something? seems weird but I suppose a good spot to get away from the hustle

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs196.snc1/6609_225741760252_537325252_7495832_7310140_n.jpg

deasine
Jul 4, 2009, 8:35 PM
nice pics looks good

this is a lot of seating - is it in a hallway or something? seems weird but I suppose a good spot to get away from the hustle

I'm guessing that area is not complete yet because that's the part where the Intl and Domestic terminals are linked.

Vancouver_Highrise
Jul 5, 2009, 8:37 PM
Fewer summer vacationers visiting Vancouver

Updated: Sat Jul. 04 2009 18:58:28

ctvbc.ca

Summer is the prime season for those who rely on tourists to make a living - but tourism officials say fewer vacationers are visiting Vancouver this year, and those who do are spending less.

"A little more cautious, you know, using the coupons when they give them to us," Vancouver visitor Kimberly Wilkins said Saturday.

Tourism Vancouver numbers suggest a drop of between 10 and 15 per cent in business - leaving tour companies competing for a shrinking well of visitors.

The numbers are corroborated by the lack of people flying into Vancouver. So far this year, passenger arrivals at YVR have dropped more than 10 per cent.

"April right through till September, early October is usually very strong and this year will be one of the weaker years," Tourism Vancouver's Rick Antonson said.

But despite the doom and gloom, there are bright spots.

"Future business looks very strong," Antonson said. "Not just because of the Olympics, but because of convention business."

That's how many in the industry are choosing to look at the situation - trying to remain positive.

"The wonderful thing about the tourism industry is people are happy, they're here to have a good time," Vancouver Trolley Company employee Phil Fowler said.

"You get that vibe out and you make sure they have a good time, and it all comes back to having a beautiful experience."

But whether that positive thinking will be matched by positive numbers leading into 2010 is still anyone's guess.

With a report from CTV British Columbia's Stephen Smart

crazyjoeda
Jul 5, 2009, 9:53 PM
Is anyone surprised that tourism has suffered? With the economic problems 10% is not a big deal. Vancouver is probably faring better than other parts of the world.

Yume-sama
Jul 5, 2009, 10:12 PM
Is anyone surprised that tourism has suffered? With the economic problems 10% is not a big deal. Vancouver is probably faring better than other parts of the world.

"People travel less in times of Global Recession, News at 11" :yes:

trofirhen
Jul 5, 2009, 11:18 PM
Is anyone surprised that tourism has suffered? With the economic problems 10% is not a big deal. Vancouver is probably faring better than other parts of the world.

From what people have told me, Vancouver IS faring better than other parts of the world. England is like the Titanic, with its bow slipping under the water line, and Germany and France are grinding their gears horribly. (In fact, if you have the money this would be a GREAT year to visit Paris, as hotels are slashing their prices due to the record low numbers of American and other tourists) But . . . wait until the much vaunted 2010 Olympics are over. Watch the reality set in. Watch the city pay for this billion-dollar baby for the next generation. Sure, it's civic glory, but at what price? When the bills come due, and if the global economy isn't back up and running (and it won't be) the costs of all this will hobble the local economy. The only glimmer of hope is that by putting the city "on the map" it may be able to snag a few head offices, and thereby increase its economic presence on the world stage. Or is that wishful thinking? (And what does all that mean for YVR?) I'll let the economic experts answer that.

zivan56
Jul 5, 2009, 11:44 PM
I wouldn't be surprised tourism is suffering. Airfares are getting pretty expensive and its hard to find connecting flights without sleeping overnight. Although I keep hearing on the news that tickets are cheaper than ever for some reason. :shrug:
Hope to see all the new stuff in a couple of days and take the Canada Line when I get back.

mr.x
Jul 5, 2009, 11:52 PM
From what people have told me, Vancouver IS faring better than other parts of the world. England is like the Titanic, with its bow slipping under the water line, and Germany and France are grinding their gears horribly. (In fact, if you have the money this would be a GREAT year to visit Paris, as hotels are slashing their prices due to the record low numbers of American and other tourists) But . . . wait until the much vaunted 2010 Olympics are over. Watch the reality set in. Watch the city pay for this billion-dollar baby for the next generation. Sure, it's civic glory, but at what price? When the bills come due, and if the global economy isn't back up and running (and it won't be) the costs of all this will hobble the local economy. The only glimmer of hope is that by putting the city "on the map" it may be able to snag a few head offices, and thereby increase its economic presence on the world stage. Or is that wishful thinking? (And what does all that mean for YVR?) I'll let the economic experts answer that.





^ if you know what the Olympic expenditures are, there's no reason to worry. The costs have been overblown to non-existent proportions by the media and the public.


Olympic Venue Costs, federal and provincial: $580-million
- divided equally between feds and province

Olympic Venue Costs, municipal: ~$300-million
- Richmond Oval, ~$90-million: payed off by Richmond's development permit revenues, adjacent land sales, and casino revenue
- Vancouver venues: had always planned to replace aging community centres and recreational facilities, fast forwarded in time for 2010; about $120-million
- Whistler, about $10-million

Olympic Village
- about $850-million, will very likely break even over the next 2-3 years through increased sales...worst case scenario, a small deficit
- had been a community planned regardless of 2010

Operational Costs: $1.7-billion
- covered entirely by sponsorship, tv rights, ticket sales, merchandise
- no public money involved

Ceremonies/Torch Relay
- federal contribution: $45-million

Civic decorations/public art/festivities in Vancouver
- $30-million, City of Vancouver

Security
- about $900-million (province: ~$350-million; feds: the rest)

Secretariat
- $200-million (province/feds split)

Other: $300-million
- tourism initiatives/promotions, Own the Podium 2010, Legacies Now
- Cultural Olympiad




It's no different than spending $4-billion on the Gateway project, except the Olympics will cost less. Costs and social impacts are simply overblown. If anything, because of the Games expenditures the recession's economic impact has been softened....Roosevelt anyone?

The Canada Line, new convention centre, and Sea-to-Sky highway are not considered as Olympic costs nor should they be.

On the other hand, London 2012 could quite possibly turn into a financial disaster for the Brits.

SpongeG
Jul 6, 2009, 6:10 AM
I wouldn't be surprised tourism is suffering. Airfares are getting pretty expensive and its hard to find connecting flights without sleeping overnight. Although I keep hearing on the news that tickets are cheaper than ever for some reason. :shrug:
Hope to see all the new stuff in a couple of days and take the Canada Line when I get back.

i keep hearing of cheap fares too yet they don't seem that cheap compared to past summers - maybe $100 cheaper but not the bargains they are trying to say there are

deasine
Jul 6, 2009, 7:56 AM
i keep hearing of cheap fares too yet they don't seem that cheap compared to past summers - maybe $100 cheaper but not the bargains they are trying to say there are

Yeah they are are cheap, but your return fare is expensive. Great... Adding on to the taxes and other random surcharges, your flight isn't THAT cheap as it seems...

zivan56
Jul 6, 2009, 8:30 AM
i keep hearing of cheap fares too yet they don't seem that cheap compared to past summers - maybe $100 cheaper but not the bargains they are trying to say there are

Yeah, I've noticed some flights are cheaper to major destinations. However, the connecting flights are cut back to one per day and the price has increased. Not to mention unless you can sleep somewhere in the airport, you basically have to add on the hotel room (or those sleeping cubes at the very least).
Also, I've noticed some very strange things...like one way tickets being the same price as return (or even more in some cases!). Now that's just crazy...

Yume-sama
Jul 6, 2009, 5:15 PM
i keep hearing of cheap fares too yet they don't seem that cheap compared to past summers - maybe $100 cheaper but not the bargains they are trying to say there are

Considering people in Calgary will drive 45 minutes to the Native land to save 3 cents per litre on gas, feeling like they have screwed the man with their 90 cents savings (while spending $6 to get there and back), it hardly surprises me to see the media pandering and calling $50 - $100 substantially cheaper. Think of all of the margaritas you can buy in Mexico for that! I suppose the one thing that isn't factored in, compared to last year, however, is that most major airlines have eliminated fuel surcharges. For example last year it was nearly $250 each way from Tokyo - Vancouver, and this year none at all.

That said, we *are* at a place now where I consider most fares to be fair. How cheap do you think they can lug you and all your crap across the Country / World for in a $300 million machine? :haha:

Hotel rooms are also substantially less now, too. Where I stay in Tokyo has gone down about 50% over the last year and a half.

SpongeG
Jul 6, 2009, 6:32 PM
fair price is fair but the news - global noon - did a story last week showing $9 air fares

won't be going anywhere for a long time :(

Yume-sama
Jul 6, 2009, 7:01 PM
fair price is fair but the news - global noon - did a story last week showing $9 air fares

won't be going anywhere for a long time :(

Heh. I remember when WestJet first launched they would have $1 fares.

Unfortunately after taxes it was $100 :haha:

Nonetheless, my brother took many flights with them for that! :yes:

WestJet actually does have some GREAT vacation deals on now. My friends parents booked a return trip to Las Vegas, 4 nights for $1500 (in the Wynn no less), flights were next to nothing.

Obviously the hotel / casino PROBABLY subsidizes WestJet, but hey, nows a good time to go gamble all your money away.

Vancouver_Highrise
Jul 6, 2009, 8:03 PM
My flight from Vancouver there and back was only 480$ with taxes included.
I've been checking to see if there has been any better deals and the prices have gone up ever since I purchased my tickets. I usually go with air canada because every westjet flight I have been on the staff were rude. There is no difference at all cost wise between Air Can and westjet!

deasine
Jul 7, 2009, 3:20 AM
Unfortunately after taxes it was $100 :haha:

Don't forget about the return flight: $400 before taxes.

trofirhen
Jul 8, 2009, 4:49 AM
Emirates Airlines frustrated by Ottawa rebuffs :koko:



Refusal to let Emirates boost Canadian service at odds with Harper's, trade stance, exec says

Feb 28, 2009 04:30 AM
Comments on this story (27)
Bruce Campion-Smith
OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF

OTTAWA – Andrew Parker says he's got a surefire plan to create several hundred jobs in Toronto, pump tens of millions of dollars into the region's ailing economy and boost flagging tourism numbers.

Best of all, he doesn't need any government handouts to make it happen, just the approval of the federal transport department.

But despite months of asking, that hasn't happened.

Parker is a senior vice-president at Emirates Airlines, a fast-growing airline that for more than a year has been rebuffed by Ottawa in its attempts to increase flights from Dubai to Pearson, as well as start service to Calgary and Vancouver.

The airline, which now flies three times a week to Canada, all of it to Toronto – the most allowed under the current air agreement – has so far been denied permission by Transport Canada to begin daily service.

The refusal comes even as Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been publicly lecturing other nations about the dangers of trade protectionism, warning sternly that closing national borders to foreign investments will only worsen the economic downturn.

"There is a slight disconnect between very strong policy, which is progressive ... versus the technical reality. It is frustrating," Parker said this week in an interview from Dubai, where Emirates is based.

"It is far better for economies to be liberal, to be open, to be welcoming of new investment," said Parker, who looks after public, government and environment affairs for the airline. "We are surprised and a little frustrated that at the department level we haven't been able to convince them."

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which runs Pearson airport, says that allowing Emirates and its competitor, Etihad Airways, to increase flights to the United Arab Emirates would produce an economic windfall – more than 500 jobs, $20 million in salaries and $13.5 million in tax revenues.

"We're never going to be a giant replacement for manufacturing, but these are important, high-end, good-quality jobs that, particularly in the current climate, I think are needed," Parker said.

The airline has garnered some high-profile supporters to its cause, including the City of Toronto and Queen's Park.

"By promoting tourism, enhancing trade and generating new investment in the Toronto region by UAE firms, the expansion will provide jobs for Canadians both inside and outside of Toronto," Toronto Mayor David Miller wrote then-transport minister Lawrence Cannon.

This week, Transport Minister John Baird said he has met with the UAE ambassador in Ottawa and that he wanted to hear from officials at Emirates, even though they've already made repeated representations to the department.

Transport Canada has told airline executives that six flights a week split between Emirates and Etihad are enough to serve the route.

Parker argues that growing ties between Canada and the UAE more than justify an increase in service. He says 15,000 Canadians now live in the Gulf nation, several hundred Canadian companies have offices in Dubai and trade is on the upswing.

And he notes that the current flights, served by a 364-seat Boeing 777-300ER, usually fly 90 per cent full, among the highest load factor in Emirates' worldwide network.

Ottawa's denials have already hurt the Greater Toronto Area, Parker says.

As a result of the uncertainty, the airline has cancelled plans for a new business lounge at Pearson, a project worth more than $2 million that would have created "dozens" of jobs.

Also on hold is Emirates' ambitious plan to market Toronto and Ontario to the world since the airline doesn't have the frequency of flights to handle any extra traffic.

giallo
Jul 9, 2009, 1:35 AM
Thanks for the upload.

Methinks I spotted a Vera's :yes:

I see it too. Very nice addition.

MistyMountainHop
Jul 9, 2009, 9:11 PM
In fact, if you have the money this would be a GREAT year to visit Paris, as hotels are slashing their prices due to the record low numbers of American and other tourists

I'm actually in France right now, but I haven't really noticed any special deals. Paris was as expensive (and busy!) as you'd normally expect.

GeeCee
Jul 10, 2009, 12:10 AM
Flying out to Seattle on a turboprop on AC on Sunday.. are they using the new pier or who?

Millennium2002
Jul 10, 2009, 1:42 AM
Probably not. That requires US preclearance... so probably the international terminal, US section.

- Allan Kuan

zahav
Jul 10, 2009, 2:15 AM
Some photos the new Link II building. The following photos are taken by one of my coworkers, who was an installer for this project
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The following photos are from Flickr, user yvrconnecs http://www.flickr.com/photos/35264437@N06/
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http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f241/zahav84/3704650210_f27cfe8813.jpg

zahav
Jul 10, 2009, 2:25 AM
Here's the official YVR press announcement for the grand opening of C-Pier:

http://www.yvr.ca/authority/newsreleases/news_details.asp?id=537
July 9, 2009 - 10:00 AM

YVR CELEBRATES COMPLETION OF EXPANDED DOMESTIC TERMINAL


Facility Features Five New Gates, Expanded Retail Program and Original Artwork

Richmond, B.C. (July 9, 2009): Vancouver Airport Authority today celebrated the official opening of the expanded gate area (C-Pier) in Vancouver International Airport's Domestic terminal. Featuring five additional gates, expanded dining and shopping options and new pieces of original First Nations artwork, C-Pier will connect YVR with destinations across Canada.

The $113-million, 15,000 square-metre expansion is one of several construction projects in the Airport Authority's $1.4-billion capital program that will be completed on time and under budget in 2009. Used primarily by Air Canada, C-Pier's five new and three reconfigured gates can accommodate larger aircraft of the future. More than six million passengers are expected to travel through C-Pier in 2009, making it an important hub for domestic traffic, and a gateway to the 2010 Winter Games for Canadians across the country.

"As our largest expansion to YVR's Domestic terminal in 30 years, the completion of C-Pier marks a significant milestone in our capital program," said Larry Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "These facilities will help us deliver an exceptional experience to our domestic travellers, while building upon our tradition of delivering a modern airport reflective of British Columbia's culture and character."

C-Pier's art and architecture celebrate the outdoor sporting and recreational lifestyle along the Sea to Sky Highway and the resort town of Whistler. Two new art installations by First Nations artist Steve Smith are displayed in the expansion: Freedom to Move features six large carved red cedar panels; and Sea to Sky is a collection of 12 ceremonial drums hung in the atrium at the western end of the expansion.

Passengers departing from C-Pier will enjoy a Whistler Village-inspired dining and shopping area with eight new stores and six food and beverage establishments. Those who wish to relax and enjoy the new facility can do so in one of the area's 800 comfortable seats, while travellers rushing to their gates are assisted by 185 metres of moving walkways. The Airport Authority's commitment to sustainability continues with C-Pier, which features LED inset taxiway lighting outside the terminal building, and motion-activated moving walkways and a solar-power heated hot water system inside.

"Among other benefits, the C-Pier extension will allow us to consolidate and operate all of our domestic flights from under one roof," said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada. "Having the operation in C-Pier will make it more convenient for passengers connecting between our Jazz regional flights and our mainline flights. I also commend Vancouver Airport Authority for its practical and fiscally responsible approach to redevelopment and expansion. This has helped keep airport fees reasonable, which is very important in a cost-conscious business such as ours."

Vancouver Airport Authority's subsidiary company YVR Project Management, under the direction of President Ray Zibrik, managed the project. C-Pier was funded through a combination of airport revenue sources, including retail sales, airplane landing fees and the Airport Improvement Fee.

Also available:

B-roll footage; view the video here; email media_relations@yvr.ca for a copy.

High-resolution photographs; view photos here; email media_relations@yvr.ca for high-resolution files.


About Vancouver Airport Authority
The Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR expects to welcome 17.9 million passengers in 2008, and is the Official Airport of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Airport Authority is undertaking a $1.4-billion capital program that will ensure the airport meets the growing demand for air travel and continues to be developed as a premier global gateway and economic generator for British Columbia.


-YVR-

For more information:
YVR Media Relations
Vancouver Airport Authority
604.880.9815
media_relations@yvr.ca
www.yvr.ca

zahav
Jul 10, 2009, 2:26 AM
And finally, a youtube video of the opening, a must-see for people interested in the airport development

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9XL8w4Yt3g

zahav
Jul 10, 2009, 2:29 AM
Sorry, forgot.... here's some more off Flickr, of the C-Pier (also courtesy of yvrconnects http://www.flickr.com/photos/35264437@N06/page2

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SpongeG
Jul 10, 2009, 3:48 AM
looks good - they showed it on global news today - might repeat at 11 pm....

and wow they have brookstone! love that store and its gadgets

excel
Jul 10, 2009, 5:05 AM
nice i get to see this in august. going to new york via toronto.

punkster1982
Jul 10, 2009, 5:07 AM
Looks like people's dream of non-stop service to Paris has come true, along with some other destinations ....

Air Canada jet to sport Olympic-sized ads

Stephanie Levitz

VANCOUVER — The Canadian Press Last updated on Thursday, Jul. 09, 2009 03:35PM EDT

It's one of the biggest shows on Earth, so why not have one of the biggest ads to promote the Vancouver 2010 Games.

Olympic sponsor Air Canada (AC.B-T) officially unveiled its Winter Games-themed airplane Wednesday, a Boeing 777-300ER painted in bright Games colours and images.

The design had already been revealed by enthusiastic plane aficionados last week after they spotted the new aircraft at a Boeing field in Seattle and posted pictures on the Internet.

But that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of Air Canada's chief executive officer, Calin Rovinescu.

“Boasting a tail six stories high and engines the circumference of Boeing 737 aircraft, this behemoth promises to redefine outdoor advertising,” he told a news conference in an Air Canada hangar. “And we intend to use it to let the world know about the Games coming to Vancouver.”

The decal on the plane is made of 280 pieces and was first assembled on the ground with the largest pieces measuring about 91 centimetres square.

It was placed on the body of the plane using laser lights to trace the outlines of sports illustrations and bands of blue and green, all official Olympic graphics. They took 60 hours to print.

The airline is one of several major Games sponsors struggling in the current economy and is now waiting on its unions to finish voting on a new contract that includes wage freezes and a moratorium on past service pension payments.

At the same time, the airline is looking for $600-million in new financing.

But Mr. Rovinescu said the company hasn't needed to sacrifice anything to make good on its Olympic sponsorship.

“We're making modifications to the service delivery and the operations delivery, which will serve us well after the Olympics, so we're trying to limit our expenditure to things that will improve the operation on an ongoing business,” he told reporters.

“The same is true on the commercial side – the routes that we're choosing are routes we believe can support good traffic, so we've tried to not identify a massive spend around the Olympic commitment per se, but do things that are part and parcel of the operations.”

Most of Air Canada's contribution to the Olympics is in in-kind services, including transportation of athletes.

On Wednesday, the airline announced a new program that will see athletes and other Canadian Olympic officials get access to the same first-class perks as paying first-class customers.

Air Canada also announced it is introducing non-stop service from Vancouver to Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Zurich, in part to meet increased travel demands from those areas during the Olympics.

The delivery of the Olympic plane marks the conclusion of the airline's fleet renewal program that included the purchase of 18 new aircraft.

The new plane will go into service on July 16 and service European and Asian destinations.

Some of the changes being put in place for the Games by the airline and by the Vancouver airport are coming in the wake of past December's brutal winter storms, which virtually shut down operations.

Neither can afford that kind of stoppage in 2010.

“We're working very closely with Air Canada, border service agencies and others to make sure we put on a tremendous world-class experience here for everybody,” said Larry Berg, chief executive officer of the Vancouver Airport Authority.

Yume-sama
Jul 10, 2009, 5:09 AM
Wow. But probably temporary?

ravman
Jul 10, 2009, 6:04 AM
Home > More
Plane crash near Knight Street Bridge
Airport Authority confirms crash
News1130 Staff RICHMOND (NEWS1130) | Thursday, July 9th, 2009 10:25 pm


RICHMOND (NEWS1130) - A plane has crashed in what is believed to be an industrial area near the Knight Street Bridge. Alana Lawrence with Airport Authority says the plane is a Navajo, which is a small private aircraft. Unconfirmed reports suggest it went down around 10:15 p.m. near Bridgeport Road.

There's no word on how many were on board, but Lawrence believes it was fully staffed and the Navajo can hold up to eight people.

SpongeG
Jul 10, 2009, 6:20 AM
breaking news on CTV

a plane crashed near the IKEA into a bus!!!!

Yume-sama
Jul 10, 2009, 6:25 AM
It's all over Global too.

Supposedly the eyewitnesses say it nosedived. Which probably means it didn't.

Oh my goodness, they just used an FSX screenshot to show the airplane.

Gordon
Jul 10, 2009, 3:18 PM
Let's hope that some of these flights become regular services, although I don't think the market needs 2 daily nonstops to Frankfurt.

It would be nice if something could be done tax wise to make flying out of Canada cheaper. It costs twice as much to fly from Vancouver to Frankfurt as it does from Seattle.

lightrail
Jul 10, 2009, 4:36 PM
I also commend Vancouver Airport Authority for its practical and fiscally responsible approach to redevelopment and expansion. This has helped keep airport fees reasonable, which is very important in a cost-conscious business such as ours."

Let me translate this into English:

"We would like to thank YVR for making sure the travelling public pay for the terminal upgrade via the airport improvement fee, and not charge the cost back to the sole benefiting airline through landing fees and facility use fees, because we're a poor broke airline that hates its customers and that the government really should give more money to keep operating"

Yume-sama
Jul 10, 2009, 5:53 PM
Let me translate this into English:

"We would like to thank YVR for making sure the travelling public pay for the terminal upgrade via the airport improvement fee, and not charge the cost back to the sole benefiting airline through landing fees and facility use fees, because we're a poor broke airline that hates its customers and that the government really should give more money to keep operating"

:haha: Well, I'm sure the retail will help recoup the money.

Millennium2002
Jul 11, 2009, 1:13 AM
There may be a special sighting at the airport today... I'm not sure if the Japanese SDF Boeing 747 carrying the Japanese Imperial couple is overnighting in Vancouver but I did see it earlier preparing to land at 2:00 PM while my teacher drove me eastbound on Highway 91.

- Allan Kuan

Yume-sama
Jul 11, 2009, 1:20 AM
They came to Canada with not *one* but, TWO 747's.

It would be cool to see both of them.

Here they are in Toronto:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/news46/3708484128/

Kyoto Protocol whaaa... :P?

Millennium2002
Jul 11, 2009, 1:52 AM
Oh wow... I saw only one of them land at Vancouver... maybe the second one came before it or something...

- Allan Kuan

zahav
Jul 11, 2009, 3:46 AM
"Among other benefits, the C-Pier extension will allow us to consolidate and operate all of our domestic flights from under one roof," said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada. "Having the operation in C-Pier will make it more convenient for passengers connecting between our Jazz regional flights and our mainline flights. I also commend Vancouver Airport Authority for its practical and fiscally responsible approach to redevelopment and expansion. This has helped keep airport fees reasonable, which is very important in a cost-conscious business such as ours."

I actually think his comment is totally justified. It's not like we are gauging passengers (most major airports charge an improvement fee, especialyl in Canada. We are better than a lot because it is only $5 within BC and the Yukon, and $15 for everywhere else.) This isn't out of line. Our landing fees and terminal fees are very low compared to other airports, especially major airports around the world. The way we are able to keep fees low is by having a variety of retail, food, parking, etc... Believe me, those businesses are OK with it, the fees aren't that bad, and they have a great business opportunity and location in a busy airport.

This isn't about Air Canada being out of line; the fact is, the airport is nothing without airlines using it. All major airlines around the world like flying to aesthetically pleasing airports, with good facilities, retail, infrastructure improvements, etc... The fact that YVR can do this, while charging quite lowest landing fees, encourages other airlines to come here.

In contrast, Toronto (YYZ authroity) is so mismagaed, and to fund the new T1, they charge the highest landing fees in the world! In order to have a beautiful terminal, Toronto charges airlines a huge amount amount. I'm glad YVR is so well run, we have an amazing looking and functioning airport, that a lot of airlines want to use.... Now if only Transport Canada would encourage more Open Skies, we would be even better!

PS> see this link for the article about YYZ fees
http://news.airwise.com/story/view/1149686092.html

deasine
Jul 11, 2009, 5:38 AM
I don't know why people like Toronto's airport and I certainly won't say it's beautiful... it's so minimalistic, but on the sterile side and basic it looks like any other airport. Their amenities and choices of food restaurants aren't good either.

YVR is quite an amazing airport. The only problem I have with it right now is our designs used. Ceiling tiles? Really? That was what ticked me off for the C-Pier expansion. I rather just have exposed metal ceiling with a feel actual panels hanging around, similar to what is outside of the Maple Leaf Air Canada Lounge near the domestic security area.

zahav
Jul 12, 2009, 12:28 AM
YVR is quite an amazing airport. The only problem I have with it right now is our designs used. Ceiling tiles? Really? That was what ticked me off for the C-Pier expansion. I rather just have exposed metal ceiling with a feel actual panels hanging around, similar to what is outside of the Maple Leaf Air Canada Lounge near the domestic security area.

i agree, the C-Pier isn't as bad as the Link II; I really think they need to do something with it, its so big and open, but almost too open... I thought they were going to have skylights in it, or at least the same curved exposed ceilings as the Maple Leaf lounge area... but no, they put in ceiling tiles... I suspect it is because there is something on Level 4 in the Link, but if not, ceiling tiles were a bad choice.

deasine
Jul 12, 2009, 4:11 AM
Link II is a little too open. Walking out of the security check point, you just see this huge open space up above... but it's like negative space. I know they have these "pieces of art" (glass tubes) hanging up but I think skylights would've been nicer. Some interesting skylight placement like the ones in Aberdeen Centre would've been perfect, with like native art hanging from each skylight. Too bad.

Yume-sama
Jul 13, 2009, 10:38 PM
Pretty cool, the two 747's that brought the Japanese Emperor to Vancouver.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2451/3711260465_a39c1e8d91_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15328617@N02/3711260465/

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2485/3712017526_bb5194333e_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15328617@N02/3712017526/

And the Air Canada 767 he chartered to take him to Victoria
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2527/3713847089_be0b85fe62_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15328617@N02/3713847089/

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2580/3708225895_7d56284216_b.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15328617@N02/3708225895/

He will be departing for Tokyo on Tuesday.

mr.x
Jul 14, 2009, 12:08 AM
lmao, there were TWO planes? Did the Emperor and Empress fly on different planes on the way here? Did they bring their entire castle of servants as well?


And they're both 747's!

Yume-sama
Jul 14, 2009, 2:18 AM
lmao, there were TWO planes? Did the Emperor and Empress fly on different planes on the way here? Did they bring their entire castle of servants as well?


And they're both 747's!

:yes: Kyoto protocol is srs business. :haha:

One was *probably* for the Emperor and Empress, the other for media, some 47 outlets from across Japan accompanied them (probably 200 - 300 people?)

I don't know the exact protocol in Japan, but it is possible they each had to travel on separate planes in case of an accident, as is common for some places.

It would be horrific if something had happened to a plane with BOTH of them on it (though I get the impression they traveled together :P).

I wonder where they stayed while here? Perhaps the Fairmont with all of the other Japanese tourists~ :P

NetMapel
Jul 14, 2009, 2:28 AM
One is probably a decoy plane :P

SFUVancouver
Jul 14, 2009, 5:35 AM
They stayed at the Pan Pacific.

I saw the Empress waving from their car yesterday.

MalcolmTucker
Jul 14, 2009, 5:57 AM
^ when the Japanese Prime Minister was in Calgary for the G8 a couple years back, they brought two 747s, just like how the americans do, in case one breaks down.

I wonder if they have four - or what the Japanese PM flew in to Italy last week for the G8 since two were in Canada.

Yume-sama
Jul 14, 2009, 6:02 AM
Apparently the Japan Air Self Defense Force maintains only 2 747's, since 1991, that may only be used by only the Emperor or Prime Minister.

And unlike America, it can *only* be used on official visits. Not personal vacations :P
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Air_Force_One

zahav
Jul 16, 2009, 2:08 AM
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/July2009/14/c5890.html

Media Advisory - Grand Opening of YVR's Public Observation Area
VANCOUVER, July 14 /CNW/ -

What: Vancouver Airport Authority invites media to attend the unveiling
of its new Public Observation Area, featuring interactive
exhibits, telescopes, a model of Sea Island and unobstructed views
of YVR's airfield.

When: Thursday, July 16, 2009
10:00 a.m.

Where: Vancouver International Airport
Public Observation Area, Domestic Terminal, Level 4
Enter from Level 3, Departures, by the food court

Please park on levels 2 or 3 of the parkade; parking passes will be
available.




For further information: Media Relations, Vancouver Airport Authority,
(604) 880-9815,

zahav
Jul 16, 2009, 2:12 AM
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090715/bc_visa_requirements_090715/20090715/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

I think the new visa requirements are so badly thought out; they are risking a valuable relationship with an important country... There are so many Mexicans in Vancouver now, and they are very important to the economy, and life of downtown... This ruling comes off so badly, and makes Canada look archaic in its border policies... What if Mexico made Canada require visas?? Think of how many people go to resorts there, it would be so bad... but I hope they do, just to show Canada how stupid it is

New federal visa requirements wreak havoc at YVR
Updated: Wed Jul. 15 2009 09:37:47

ctvbc.ca

There was chaos at Vancouver's YVR airport Tuesday, one day after Canada's immigration minister announced new travel restrictions for visitors from Mexico and the Czech Republic. In an effort to stop Mexican and Czech nationals from claiming refugee status, visitors from both countries are being asked to produce travel visas before entering Canada. As a result, a 300-passenger international flight from Mexico City was detained for up to three hours Tuesday afternoon when it was found some of its travelers didn't have the proper visas prepared - even though they weren't told they needed the documents until midnight Monday. The Canadian Border Services Agency says it granted the travelers a temporary resident permit, and waived what would have been a $200 fee for each of them. But held-up airport passengers are not the only ones facing trouble as a result of the sudden restrictions.

A family reunion in ruins
The Alexander family in Coquitlam now fears their long-awaited family reunion might not happen. Seven of Ophilia Alexander's relatives in Monterrey, Mexico had planned to come to Vancouver this Friday. Under the new restrictions, it may be impossible.
"It's just unfair, it's very said. They've already packed," Alexander said Tuesday.
"The logistics of getting those visas is impossible by Thursday. They've made it an impossible situation," husband Murray Alexander said.

Stockwell Day says the motivation behind the move is to stem the tide of Mexican tourists who become refugee claimants, and stay for years.
"When you have 9000 people claiming refugee status, that jams the system," Day said. "Over 90 per cent are not valid, and the people who need this don't get that opportunity and something needs to be done."

The Alexanders say they don't like Canada's refugee system being abused - but that they're still being punished for the sins of others.

With a report from CTV British Columbia's Jon Woodward

deasine
Jul 16, 2009, 2:46 AM
More C-Pier:

From Gate 36-37:
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Some sort of ramp? Someone else might know what this is for:
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Link II:
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See what I mean by open and sterile?

mr.x
Jul 16, 2009, 2:49 AM
Not much of a royal treatment for domestic travelers....i really hate the tiled roofing at YVR.

deasine
Jul 16, 2009, 2:55 AM
The real beauty of the airport is the intl terminal but it too has ceiling tiles... except presented in a more acceptable way.

mr.x
Jul 16, 2009, 3:05 AM
The domestic terminal seems like an afterthought....Canadian visitors/tourists should be just as important as the international ones.

deasine
Jul 16, 2009, 3:13 AM
I find it funny, though, that the Domestic terminal past security looks like that... but the rest of the Domestic terminal looks better than the rest of the airport, at least in my opinion. Rest assured the observation area looks quite cool.

zahav
Jul 17, 2009, 6:11 AM
There's some photos of the observation deck opening here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/35264437@N06/

hollywoodnorth
Jul 17, 2009, 6:18 AM
There's some photos of the observation deck opening here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/35264437@N06/

very cool! so how do you get to that part of the airport

I don't go out there very often. Seeing people off or picking them up and dicking around in traffic and with parking and with Richmond Drivers is not for me.

The Canada Line on the other hand :) :cheers:

Yume-sama
Jul 17, 2009, 6:22 AM
Not bad. At least they remembered to make it so you can kind of see the runway.

trofirhen
Jul 17, 2009, 1:39 PM
Not bad. At least they remembered to make it so you can kind of see the runway.

Hmmmmm. Do I detect a note of sarcasm ?? The next question is . . . when and what are they going to do with old B -Pier?
(something, I hope, before the termites eat through it)

YVR is shaping up to be a splendid airport . . . . . but it's not perfect yet.

Gordon
Jul 17, 2009, 2:18 PM
There was talk last year of B pier being renovated, but with the economy and the lack of use that it will get once C-pier is fully operational there is probably no rush.

deasine
Jul 17, 2009, 5:21 PM
very cool! so how do you get to that part of the airport

I don't go out there very often. Seeing people off or picking them up and dicking around in traffic and with parking and with Richmond Drivers is not for me.

The Canada Line on the other hand :) :cheers:

From the domestic terminal, head to the departures level towards the food area. There is an escalator/elevator that leads up to the area. I'll take a few photos today if I have a chance.

Overground
Jul 17, 2009, 8:37 PM
lmao, there were TWO planes? Did the Emperor and Empress fly on different planes on the way here? Did they bring their entire castle of servants as well?


And they're both 747's!

They would probably be flying separately, but I'm not totally certain. There is a similar protocol with our Royal Family as well. The Queen doesn't fly with Prince Charles and he doesn't fly with Prince William. I think Prince Harry flies either way as he isn't next in line to the Throne. IIRC, when those 3 came to Vancouver/Whistler last, they came in two different planes.

Yume-sama
Jul 17, 2009, 8:41 PM
They would probably be flying separately, but I'm not totally certain. There is a similar protocol with our Royal Family as well. The Queen doesn't fly with Prince Charles and he doesn't fly with Prince William. I think Prince Harry flies either way as he isn't next in line to the Throne. IIRC, when those 3 came to Vancouver/Whistler last, they came in two different planes.

The thing with Japan is, a woman can *not* take over the throne.

So, if the Emperor was to die, she is no longer Empress.

The new Emperor would be Naruhito, who is currently Crown Prince, and the new Empress would be Masako, Crown Princess of Japan, and wife of Naruhito.

Overground
Jul 17, 2009, 10:49 PM
Ya I wasn't too certain on that and after living in Japan for several years I would of thought I'd remember that.

So it looks as if, as someone already pointed out, the second is in case one of the 400s break down and some officials and media stay separate.

zahav
Jul 18, 2009, 1:27 AM
There was talk last year of B pier being renovated, but with the economy and the lack of use that it will get once C-pier is fully operational there is probably no rush.

i'm inclinded to agree... However, Westjet in using it more and more now, as their increase in flights mean at peak times, there isn't enough room at the 5 gate A-pier... They will renovate it eventually i'm sure, and then Westjet will take the whole b-pier... this is just a thought, i have no confirmation of it

deasine
Jul 18, 2009, 4:21 AM
The South side of the Domestic Terminal is just odd. B-Pier is just gross but the entire security clearance area between A-B feels so cramped. Thank god I don't work on that side of the airport.

YVR-Oberservation Deck
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This part of the airport is so bright... you need sunglasses HAHA. Pretty nice but it feels a little cold. I wish those white panel on the walls were beige instead.

SpongeG
Jul 18, 2009, 4:37 AM
so is the observation area open to all people? or just people with boarding passes?

deasine
Jul 18, 2009, 4:41 AM
Open to all. You can access the area through the Domestic Terminal food court area on Level 3.

mr.x
Jul 18, 2009, 6:26 AM
it looks incredible, i'll definitely visit it sometime this summer.

Millennium2002
Jul 18, 2009, 6:47 AM
oh wow... what a unique design =O

- Allan Kuan

zahav
Jul 21, 2009, 1:39 AM
Here are some more good albums of the observation deck, etc...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24064901@N00/sets/72157621617730358/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35264437@N06/

SpongeG
Jul 21, 2009, 4:58 AM
Open to all. You can access the area through the Domestic Terminal food court area on Level 3.

ah cool will have to check it out soon

thx

jlousa
Jul 22, 2009, 5:11 AM
sounds good to me even though this probably won't affect me too much

Canada and South Korea finalize open skies agreementCanada has concluded a Blue Sky air transport agreement with South Korea.

It allows any number of air carriers from either country to operate scheduled passenger and cargo air services to and from any point in either country. Air carriers will also be allowed to pick up traffic in each other’s territory and continue to a third country as part of a service to or from their home base. The agreement also allows standalone cargo services between each other’s territory and third countries and includes a tariff regime that will allow carriers to readily react to market conditions. “This latest agreement will benefit travellers and shippers by providing more choices in terms of destinations, flights and routes, and the potential for lower fares,” said federal Transport Minister John Baird. The agreement allows new services to
start immediately.

MistyMountainHop
Jul 22, 2009, 8:40 PM
Another one:

Canada-New Zealand sign air transport agreement
(CP) – 1 day ago
SINGAPORE — Canada and New Zealand have signed an agreement to ease air travel between the two countries.
International Trade Minister Stockwell Day signed the Blue Sky pact today at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Singapore.
The agreement allows airlines from either country to operate passenger and cargo flights as often as they wish to and from each either territory.
Air carriers in both countries will also be able to pick up traffic in each other's territory and continue to a third country.
Day said in a statement that the agreement will "help facilitate stronger business ties and enhance tourism between Canada and New Zealand."
Blue Sky also provides for enhanced all-cargo rights, allowing stand-alone cargo services between each other's territory and third countries. This new agreement replaces one that has been in force since 1985.


Copyright © 2009 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.
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metroXpress
Jul 22, 2009, 8:42 PM
Here are some more good albums of the observation deck, etc...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24064901@N00/sets/72157621617730358/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35264437@N06/

Thanks for the links. :tup:

deasine
Jul 25, 2009, 8:13 AM
More of the new terminal... this time during the sunset. It's quite a nice glow at night instead of the super bright industrial look during the day. I have to say the photos don't do justice, espcially since this is a cellphone camera not that Facebook preserves the quality either... you really have to be there.

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Favorite Shot:
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Other pictures of the LINK building at night, again apologize for the quality:

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See Canada Line Entrance:

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In addition, signs in the LINK terminal past security on the Domestic side already have the SkyTrain icon under the Ground Transportation signs. As of right now, signage for the Canada Line hasn't been up for the rest of the airport but should be installed after the Canada Line is open for service. LCD multilingual signs are installed at the escalators on the ground level before going to the second level for the Canada Line, so I'm guessing that sign would be used to display the Canada Line information in multiple languages, again when the Canada Line is open for service.

deasine
Jul 27, 2009, 8:46 AM
C-Pier Video by YVR
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Hate to say this, but that "brand new Asian concept" Rice Tales sells disgusting food. Don't even bother trying if you are eating at Alpine. Veras Burger Shack can take 15 minutes long... surprisingly.

s211
Jul 27, 2009, 4:05 PM
Veras Burger Shack can take 15 minutes long... surprisingly.

That's par for the course. I can't wait to hear how many people pay for a burger, and then eventually having to bail to get somewhere because it takes Vera's sooooooo long to get a burger done. 15-20 minutes is not unusual at the Denman location.

Yume-sama
Jul 27, 2009, 6:15 PM
C-Pier Video by YVR
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Hate to say this, but that "brand new Asian concept" Rice Tales sells disgusting food. Don't even bother trying if you are eating at Alpine. Veras Burger Shack can take 15 minutes long... surprisingly.

By normal standards or by airport standards? The latter would be *shocking*

I don't go to any airport expecting to find food that passes as... food :sly:

trofirhen
Jul 28, 2009, 9:05 AM
Canada and S Korea reach new airline accord; Canada and New Zealand lift airline restrictions; C Pier is complete; The Canada-EU Open Skies agreement will bring more destinations to Europe . . . . now . . . . if we could just get those federal JERKS to allow Emirates in here . . . . :hell:



"My name is TORONTO, kneel and behold":whip:

"Yes, boss-man, anything you say":worship:

"...and we're the Ottawa decision-makers, and can be as smug as we want":D

"..and I'm YVR, waiting for a major break...":(

MalcolmTucker
Jul 28, 2009, 12:20 PM
The UAE doesn't want to give reciprocal 5th freedom rights, until they do there will be no deal.

SpongeG
Jul 28, 2009, 4:55 PM
That's par for the course. I can't wait to hear how many people pay for a burger, and then eventually having to bail to get somewhere because it takes Vera's sooooooo long to get a burger done. 15-20 minutes is not unusual at the Denman location.

they cook them to order so they are fresh - the time i went on west broadway was pretty quiet and it only took 10 minutes or just under that - not too bad of a wait

deasine
Jul 30, 2009, 10:43 PM
No image yet, but YVR has released a new sign up after the Arthur Liang bridge with their logo and "Vancouver International Airport." I guess Richmond's still disappointed about it not being "Your Vancouver - Richmond Airport." :haha:

vanlaw
Jul 30, 2009, 11:18 PM
The UAE doesn't want to give reciprocal 5th freedom rights, until they do there will be no deal.

Is that the one where AC, or another carrier, would be able to offer flights from say Toronto-Dubai, then onward connecting flight from Dubai to India?

It would be really nice if they could just get this all straightened out. I was flying Dubai-Toronto a while back on Emirates, and flight attendant was saying that they could easily absorb a daily flight from Toronto (up from the current 3x/wk) and 3x/wk from each of Calgary and Vancouver.

mr.x
Jul 30, 2009, 11:36 PM
No image yet, but YVR has released a new sign up after the Arthur Liang bridge with their logo and "Vancouver International Airport." I guess Richmond's still disappointed about it not being "Your Vancouver - Richmond Airport." :haha:

Richmond's ego doused. :tup:

Johnny Aussie
Jul 31, 2009, 10:21 AM
Is that the one where AC, or another carrier, would be able to offer flights from say Toronto-Dubai, then onward connecting flight from Dubai to India?

It would be really nice if they could just get this all straightened out. I was flying Dubai-Toronto a while back on Emirates, and flight attendant was saying that they could easily absorb a daily flight from Toronto (up from the current 3x/wk) and 3x/wk from each of Calgary and Vancouver.

Yes, and we all know how reliable flight attendant knowledge is regarding flight routes and demand.

Delirium
Jul 31, 2009, 12:50 PM
here's a good video discussing YVR's architecture. shows the new international terminal, link building, aquarium etc..

"log-jam lighting". makes sense now that i know that design rationale.

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deasine
Jul 31, 2009, 7:24 PM
"log-jam lighting". makes sense now that i know that design rationale.

I didn't get it at first either =P

Yume-sama
Jul 31, 2009, 7:59 PM
Geez, I walked through there and didn't notice *any* of that.

They should hand out leaflets. :P

SpongeG
Aug 10, 2009, 6:10 PM
i've been there twice in the last week - I really like the observation area - I can imagine riding out there for a lunch on a slow day

B.C. flight cancelled over volcano

An eight-kilometre-high cloud of ash, spewing from a remote Russian volcano, forced three flights from Vancouver to Asia to be cancelled Monday.

"There were a total of three round-trip flights that were affected," said Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah. "They were the Vancouver-to-Tokyo, Vancouver-to-Shanghai and Vancouver-to-Seoul flights."

She said the airline has been "re-accommodating" passengers on flights to Hong Kong, which are unaffected.

Mah said Air Canada will re-evaluate flights later tonight or Wednesday.

"It depends on the volcano activity and the winds," she said.

"We have also given customers the option of cancelling and travelling at a future date with no penalty."

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/flight+cancelled+over+volcano/1700009/story.html

deasine
Aug 14, 2009, 11:08 AM
YVR Preps for the Canada Line

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showpost.php?p=4405612&postcount=5260

Also, signs are being shuffled around at the Carousels in Domestic Terminal, maybe for the Canada Line. Carousel 6 looks like it will be the next to be upgraded.

Locked In
Aug 15, 2009, 7:25 PM
Discount airline Virgin America eyes Vancouver
Such a move could prompt other cheap-fare carriers to follow
By Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun - August 14, 2009

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Photograph by: Vancouver Sun graphics, .

VANCOUVER — At first blush, low-cost air carriers sound great. Who could argue with a flight to England for less than $300? Or for that matter, $49 to San Francisco (from Seattle)?

But such flights have been described as “no-frills” flying buses with customer service that’s, well, limited.

While none of the major U.S.-based discount air carriers currently flies through Vancouver, that may be about to change with one of the largest now eyeing Canada’s West Coast.

Virgin America Inc., a low-fare California-based discount carrier partly owned by U.K. billionaire Richard Branson, has announced it’s studying whether to fly to Toronto and Vancouver, as well as several new U.S. destinations.

As well, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has been trying to lure Southwest Airlines, a Denver-based discount air carrier — so far, without success.

If Virgin proceeds with the plan, analysts say it could not only be flying into Vancouver within three to six months of an announcement, but the move could prompt other discount carriers to follow suit.

Others say it would put strong downward pressure on all air fares, making cheaper flights the norm for British Columbians.

For its part, YVR would welcome two-year-old Virgin America.

“We’ve talked with them and we would look at it as an opportunity on the West Coast,” the airport’s director of aviation marketing John Korenic said in an interview. “And it would very likely have an impact on [all flight fares].”

Korenic said Virgin — which now offers one-way flights for just $49 US from Seattle to San Francisco and $69 to Las Vegas — would probably focus on moving travellers between its West Coast destinations, likely California initially.

“They are in an expansionary mode. And these carriers take three to six months to get established.”

Korenic also said that WestJet — Canada’s version of a discount airline — is the only low-cost flyer currently crossing the border. He said YVR is still talking with Southwest, but that airline continues to operate strictly within the U.S.

“Any time you cross the border, there’s some incremental cost. All carriers are having a difficult time with the economic situation.”

But would the U.S. discount flight brand be welcome on the West Coast, where flyers expect a bit of a premium on service, if not a free in-flight meal?

Don’t count on it, at least not in the immediate future, says one airline analyst.

“It’s challenging for low-cost operators to come [to Canada] and be successful,” Calgary-based aviation analyst Rick Erickson, of R.P. Erickson and Associates, said in an interview. “[Virgin] might look at introducing service at the start of the winter season, because you’d have people looking for sunspot destinations. But I’d be surprised if they’re coming.

“And if they are, I’d be surprised if it would be before May 2010.”

Erickson said one big reason the major U.S. discount airlines don’t operate in Canada is because airline costs — including fuel taxes, landing fees and airport rents — are higher here. “That $99 ticket suddenly becomes $149.”

As well, Vancouver is a very “mature” market, meaning that travellers have strong preferences as to who they like to fly with.

Another factor is that Air Canada’s economy fares and WestJet fares are becoming more competitive.

“There used to be a [big] difference, but it’s a lot closer now,” Erickson said. “As well, [Canadians] want some level of service. I think they’d find a real challenge in Canada.”

However, Tae Oum, a professor at the University of B.C’s Sauder School of Business and president of the Air Transport Research Society (a worldwide organization of air transport researchers), says that Virgin is a very aggressive carrier that has shown interest in Vancouver before.

“It would be great if they came in,” Oum said in an interview. “And if they decide, it would be quick — three to six months from the time they decide to come. There would be more competition and lower prices. And it would be an economic benefit to tourism and the business sectors.”

Oum said Virgin could be followed by others. “If they succeed and make money, then other low-cost carriers would consider.”

Marc-David Seidel, another aviation analyst at UBC, said Virgin’s expansion is part of the evolution of the airline industry, with the large carriers losing out to newer start-ups designed for a more competitive landscape.

He said the Vancouver service would likely link up with Virgin’s flights at its San Francisco hub.

“With the upcoming Olympics, Vancouver also is a logical extension for their network,” Seidel said.

However, a Virgin America spokesman told The Vancouver Sun that nothing has been decided, although Vancouver would be considered “under the right circumstances” by Virgin and other airlines.

“We’re a still growing airline that is seeing opportunity in many cities . Our original growth forecast projected growth to up to 30 cities within the first three to five years,” said Patricia Condon, public relations and events manager. “Vancouver is certainly on that list, but we don’t have any immediate plans.”

She also suggested that Virgin flights in Canada would have a relative degree of comfort: “Our flights offer touchscreen seatback entertainment, power outlets at every seat and WiFi fleetwide — so we also think our upscale, low-fare service would be a good fit with Vancouver travelers.”

Scott Clute, managing partner of Vancouver-based Global Travel, said Virgin’s entry into the Vancouver market would mean lower prices all around.

“I’m looking forward to the day they start service. When [Virgin] introduced service to San Francisco, it created tremendous pressures for [other] airlines to match their pricing. The price of travel dropped 30 per cent virtually overnight. It will be a win-win for the consumer.”

However, Clute said that if Virgin comes to Canada it would probably start service in Toronto. “[Toronto is] more likely than Vancouver because [Virgin] operates from Seattle as well.”

Meanwhile, an example of the possible future of discount air travel could be seen in Dublin-based Ryanair, which is turning a profit despite charging the equivalent of $60 Cdn for a one-way trip within Europe.

However, you won’t get airport check-in (there’s a $7 fee for online check-in) and, from some accounts, little if any customer service and no refunds under any circumstances. Others have complained that the planes are dirty.

Despite that, this year Ryanair’s passenger traffic rose to 16.6 million, up 11 per cent from 15 million in 2008.

Erickson hasn’t flown on Ryanair, but did fly EasyJet, another European low-cost carrier, a few summers ago. It also has a first-come, first-served seating arrangement, and that turned him off.

“It was a cattle-car experience,” he recalled. “The Canadian consumer wouldn’t go for it.”

With a file from Canwest News Service

bmorton@vancouversun.com

PRICE COMPARISON

Following are one-way fares listed on airline websites for Sept. 1. Air Canada prices are in Canadian dollars from Vancouver, while Virgin America prices are in U.S. dollars from Seattle. Prices don’t include taxes or other charges.

Air Canada

Vancouver to San Francisco: $169

Vancouver to Los Angeles: $175

Vancouver to Las Vegas: $155

Vancouver to New York: $294

Virgin America

Seattle to San Francisco: $49

Seattle to Los Angeles: $69

Seattle to Las Vegas: $69

Seattle to New York: $289
© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

Source: Vancouver Sun (http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Discount+airline+Virgin+America+eyes+Vancouver/1894940/story.html)

Yume-sama
Aug 15, 2009, 7:34 PM
It would be nice for Virgin to come to Vancouver.

Yay for Wi-fi! And their executive seating looks very comfortable.

The price comparison at the bottom doesn't make much sense, it ALWAYS costs a ton more to fly across the border than to fly within USA.

sacrifice333
Aug 15, 2009, 10:04 PM
^True. The tax component is a significant difference, but at least Air Canada and the like could be competitive on the base fares.

I've got no problem paying a little extra to fly in and out of YVR. Frankly, I'd like to not have to even consider SEA. But the differences, especially to US destinations can be ginormous!

I think at this point, 70-80% of my flights originate from the US because of the price differences.

Yume-sama
Aug 15, 2009, 10:18 PM
I guess it depends how much you think your time is worth.

Is $120 worth 2.5 hours of a drive and dealing with American customs / security more than once? No :P

And they probably know that up here...

Now some International flights can be drastically cheaper from San Francisco, LA, etc., but the costs and time of getting there equals it out :(

deasine
Aug 16, 2009, 12:23 AM
US Customs at YVR can be horrendous. If you happen to want to go down to Seattle to visit before you continue on your flight to wherever in USA, I would suggest doing that.