YVR on pace to break new passenger record for 2016

yvr logoVancouver International Airport’s (YVR) passenger traffic is up in all sectors for the first half of 2016.

From January to June, YVR welcomed 10.5 million passengers, an increase of 8.1% versus the same period in 2015, and is on track to break another passenger record by the end of the year.

International traffic (excluding the U.S.) is up 13.7%, while Transborder traffic to the U.S. has risen 2.8%. Domestic traffic is up 7.6% for the first six months of 2016.

YVR’s traffic to Latin America has increased 20% year-over-year, driven by Air Canada’s service to Mexico City, as well as Aeromexico’s new non-stop service to Mexico City, which started in December 2015.

YVR’s European business is up 12.9%, driven by new WestJet’s first wide-body international service to Gatwick, Air Transat’s new seasonal service to Rome, Air Canada Rouge’s service to Dublin, Air Canada’s seasonal Double Daily service to Heathrow and British Airways’ new Airbus A380 service on its YVR to London route.

YVR’s Asia Pacific traffic was up 12.9%, with new services including Air Canada Rouge non-stop to Osaka and China Eastern direct to Kunming helping drive the growth.