The recovery is real.
Last week, on Aug. 5, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) welcomed its 10 millionth passenger to pass through the terminal this year.
"This is an important moment in our recovery. Our ability to welcome over 10 million passengers so far this year is due to the hard work of our staff, airlines, government, partners and the airport community at large,” said Tamara Vrooman, president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 20,000 people who work at our airport for their dedication to serving our passengers over the past several months. Their efforts have been an essential element of our recovery.”
Vrooman, however, warned that there is “considerable work” to be done to ensure the stability of the overall aviation sector.
“But after only seeing approximately two million passengers at this same point last year, it is very encouraging that we are able to continue to build back while avoiding many of the security and major operational delays impacting passengers around the world,” she said.
The milestone adds to another sign of travel and tourism recovery: YVR says it will see its busiest single day since the pandemic began in March 2020 later this month when more than 70,130 passengers are expected to pass through the airport on Aug. 21.
Over the past few months, airlines have continued to invest in service restoration and expansion at YVR, including Air Canada launching Austin and announcing new service to Bangkok and Miami commencing this winter.