Vancouver Airport Authority celebrated the official opening
on 28-Jun-07 of the completed International Terminal expansion. The USD188.1
million, 36,000 square-metre expansion is the cornerstone of the Airport Authority's
USD940.6 million construction programme, and was designed to better accommodate
the airport's growing passenger traffic and the larger aircraft of the future.
The four new gates of the International Terminal expansion opened for operation
in Mar-07, while work continued on the water features and retail areas.
Features of the wing include an 114,000-litre central aquarium housing approximately 850 indigenous sea animals and a 3,800-litre jellyfish tank with 100 moon jellies, operated by the Vancouver Aquarium. Four large-scale art pieces are located in the expansion: Orca Chief and the Kelp Forest by Lyle Wilson and John Nutter; Fog Woman and Raven by Dempsey Bob; Beach Tangle by Gordon Smith; and Net Work by Eric Robertson.
The airport’s new duty free provider, Spanish company Aldeasa, will operate 13 duty free shops covering 4,000 sqm. The new wing will also have a range of F&B options, 2,200 seats, 400 metres of moving walkways and 27 plasma signs that switch between multiple languages.
"We are pleased to celebrate the completion of this significant project, our largest expansion in more than ten years," said Larry Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "These facilities build on our tradition of delivering a modern airport that reflects the unique character of our region, and set YVR apart as the premier global North American gateway to Asia."
The expansion was overseen by Airport Authority subsidiary company YVR Project Management, under the direction of President Ray Zibrik, and was funded through a combination of airport revenue sources, including retail sales, airplane landing fees and the Airport Improvement Fee.