Vancouver International Airport ranked North America's best airport for 7th straight year

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Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has received yet another glowing accolade by Skytrax, which has ranked the airport as the ‘Best Airport in North America’ for the seventh consecutive year in the row.

The airport also won best awards in two other categories. The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel – located at the east end of theransborder terminal – won ‘Best Airport Hotel in North America’ while YVR staff were ranked third for ‘Best Staff Service n North America’.

“This is an incredible achievement! Being named the best airport in North America for seven years in a row is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all those in the YVR family,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority, in a statement.

“I extend a heartfelt thank you to those who voted for us and a huge congratulations to our community, passengers, partners and the more than 23,000 who work and volunteer at YVR; you all contribute to our shared success.”

The winners for this year’s Skytrax World Airport Awards, considered widely as the international benchmark for excellence in the aviation industry, were announced during a ceremony in Cologne, Germany. The rankings are based on feedback from 13.2 million passengers at 555 airports worldwide on 39 measures such as airport design and experiential elements, check-in to security, border clearance, general comfort, efficiency, signage, transportation to the city, passenger amenities, and friendliness.

The airports that topped the ultimate ‘World’s Best’ list in 2016 were Singapore Changi Airport, Incheon International Airport, Munich Airport, Tokyo-Haneda International Airport, and Hong Kong International Airport. In 2015, YVR dropped out of the top 10 in this premiere global list, having been ousted by the rising airports of Central Japan International Airport in Nagoya and Beijing Capital International Airport.

Additionally, noticeably absent from the ‘World’s Best Airports with 10 to 20 million passengers per year’ category was YVR, which normally ranks first – a position that was taken by Central Japan International Airport this year. In 2015, the airport saw 20.3 million passengers pass through its gates, marking the first time the airport pushed through the 20 million barrier in annual passenger figures. This means the airport is now within the more competitive ’20 to 30 million passengers per year’ category, which was won by Zurich Airport.

Fuelled by the introduction of a number major and frequent new routes this year, YVR will likely see more than 21 million passengers in 2016. The Airport Authority has a stated goal of reaching 25 million passengers by the end of the decade.

YVR is Canada’s second largest airport after Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. It recorded over 41 million passengers last year.

World’s Best Airports 2016

  1. Singapore Changi Airport
  2. Incheon International Airport
  3. Munich Airport
  4. Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
  5. Hong Kong International Airport
  6. Chubu Centrair Nagoya
  7. Zurich Airport
  8. London Heathrow Airport
  9. Kansai International Airport
  10. Hamad International Airport

 

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