While aviation is regulated by the federal government, British Columbia has a direct interest and role to play. Connecting With the World: An Aviation Strategy for British Columbia outlines a vision to grow an aviation sector that is viable and competitive in the global marketplace, enabling passengers and goods to connect with destinations around the world through B.C. airports. This strategy identifies actions that B.C. will pursue to maximize the economic potential of the sector and the economies it supports.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is strategically located on great circle routes at the commercial crossroads of the Asia-Pacific region and North America. Vancouver is an ideal gateway connecting the Asia- Pacific region, North America, Europe and Latin America. YVR is supported by a network of regional airports throughout British Columbia that provide fast and efficient connections for business, international education and tourism.
A $1.9 billion rapid transit line opened in 2009, providing a first class connection from YVR to downtown Vancouver.
As a growing gateway, Vancouver Airport Authority is investing $1.8 billion in improvements designed to decrease connection times, enhance baggage systems and upgrade the terminals and airfield. YVR’s value proposition for both passengers and air cargo is strong:
A number of initiatives have been taken to make the Pacific Gateway Air Corridor globally competitive:
In 2010, China granted Approved Destination Status (ADS) to Canada allowing Canadian tour products to be sold in China. The number of trips to Canada by mainland Chinese travellers increased by more than 24 per cent in 2012.
Source: Statistics Canada Service Bulletin 66-001-P