Vancouver International Airport has won many accolades in recent times, including the Skytrax Best Airport in North America award for the past nine years and the honour of reaching number 14 on the list of the World’s Top 100 Airports of 2018. Fueled by the growth of Air Canada’s network in Australia, it has also seen the number of Australian passengers passing through its doors double over the past five years. But what makes Vancouver International Airport so unique?
Besides being the gateway to British Columbia and Canada, Vancouver International Airport also incorporates its own US immigration and customs clearance facility, providing international travellers with a fast, convenient and super-friendly way to enter the US. This is because unlike LAX, passengers don’t need to collect their bags when transiting. So if travelling to New York for example, passengers simply pass through the airport's relatively uncrowded customs facility, board their connecting flight and then collect their luggage once they’ve landed. Easy!
Vancouver International Airport has also worked hard to ensure an enjoyable airport experience for its international visitors with its unique art and architecture, including the largest collection of Northwest Coast Native art in the world. And for those that love a little airport retail therapy, a three-minute train ride will have you at the award-winning McArthurGlen Designer Outlet with its 170 outlets, and savings of up to 70% on popular luxury retail brands!
In June this year the airport also began work on an expansion plan that will see over CAD$9.1 billion invested in infrastructure development over the next 20 years. The program includes new parking options, significant terminal expansions, almost 8000 more square metres of retail space in its designer outlet, and the creation of one of Canada's largest GeoExchange systems which will allow for improved heating and cooling capabilities across the entire facility.