Vancouver International Airport (YVR) had another year of record-breaking growth in 2018, welcoming more than 25.9 million passengers, a 7.3% increase over 2017. YVR reached its 25 million passenger milestone two years ahead of its forecast.
More than 12.1 million domestic passengers traveled through the airport in 2018, up 6.1%. Inter-national passengers (including transborder) reached 13 million last year, up 9.5%.
The airport’s passenger growth is fueled by expanded services from its airline partners, including significant continued growth from Air Canada who has chosen YVR as its premier trans-Pacific hub.
In 2018, the airline introduced new flights to 10 destinations, including Paris and Zurich, and increased service on five existing routes. They also made their popular non-stop service to Delhi year-round.
YVR is on track to serve more than 29 million passengers in 2020, with projections indicating the airport will serve 32 million by 2022.
To facilitate recent and projected growth, YVR is investing $9.1 billion in its expansion program, which includes 75 major capital improvement projects scheduled over the next 20 years.
“This is an exciting time of incredible growth at YVR. We look forward to unveiling some of the projects under our current multi-billion-dollar construction program to address this growth and build the airport of the future,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority.
YVR uses a unique, not-for-profit operating model, which ensures all profits are reinvested back into the airport for the benefit of its customers, partners and communities.