YVR to welcome All Nippon Airways' first flight to Canada

RICHMOND, BC, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Vancouver Airport Authority today announced 
the upcoming arrival of All Nippon Airways (ANA) to Vancouver International 
Airport (YVR). The new daily non-stop service to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) 
begins March 30, 2014 and marks ANA's first flight to Canada. 
"This new service will offer B.C. businesses more options to reach customers 
in central Tokyo, but also throughout Japan and Asia thanks to ANA's strong 
domestic and international networks," said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, 
Vancouver Airport Authority. "ANA's decision to fly to YVR further strengthens 
our position as North America's gateway of choice to the Asia-Pacific region." 
The new daily service to HND is made possible by recent liberalization to 
Canada's air-service agreement with Japan. It will increase YVR's overall 
capacity to Tokyo by 30 per cent, complementing existing daily service to 
Narita International Airport (NRT), which is located approximately 60 km from 
Tokyo's downtown core. Originally the main international airport for Tokyo 
until NRT opened in 1978, HND is located just 15 km from Tokyo's core. It is 
the second busiest airport in Asia and the fourth busiest in the world. 
"We are very pleased to announce the launch of long-haul international 
services from Tokyo to Vancouver," said Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO, ANA. 
"Vancouver will be the first destination in Canada for ANA, and we are 
confident that passenger demand will be high, not only in Japan but in other 
Asian cities." 
Japan and British Columbia have a long and significant history of cultural and 
economic links. As the world's third-largest economy, Japan offers B.C. 
businesses many opportunities to increase exports by taking advantage of its 
high demand for energy resources, raw materials, seafood and international 
education. In 2012, $101 million worth of B.C. exports left YVR for Japan, 
making it the third largest market, by value, served from the airport. 
ANA's new flight is expected to generate 356 jobs both at YVR and in B.C.'s 
hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions, adding to the 1,494 local 
jobs already created by existing flights to Japan. In total, YVR's three daily 
flights to Japan will generate an estimated $64.8 million in wages, $36.1 
million in taxes and $99.3 million in added Gross Domestic Product for the 
province. With more than 23,600 people working on Sea Island, YVR is one of 
British Columbia's key economic and employment generators. 
ANA's new service to YVR will use Boeing 767-300 aircraft, with capacity for 
214 passengers. Flights will arrive at YVR at 2:55 PM and depart at 4:55 PM. 
About Vancouver Airport Authority 
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization 
that manages Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest 
airport, YVR served 17.6 million passengers in 2012, facilitated 261,000 
takeoffs and landings and handled 227,000 tonnes of cargo. Sixty-eight 
airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to more than 120 
destinations worldwide. Vancouver Airport Authority is a dedicated community 
partner and in 2013, donated more than $700,000 to community organizations. We 
are committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a 
premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.

SOURCE  Vancouver Airport Authority 
YVR Media Relations 604.880.9815;media_relations@yvr.ca www.yvr.ca 
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