Work begins on $6.8bn expansion of Vancouver Airport

Ground has been broken on a 20-year US$6.8bn extension to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Canada.

According to the airport, construction involves work on 75 major projects, which will "improve the speed with which people and goods move through YVR, and provide passengers with a wide range of compelling offerings and amenities".

Towards the end of 2018, extension works will create 2,500 full-time construction jobs on British Columbia’s Sea Island and hundreds more off-site.

Craig Richmond, Vancouver Airport Authority president, said: "We are experiencing record growth at YVR as we deliver on our mission to connect British Columbia proudly to the world and these ambitious expansion projects will further position YVR as a world-class connecting hub.

"As we build the airport of the future, our focus is to move people and goods efficiently, while continuing to delight people with a wide range of offerings, amenities and outstanding customer service."

YVR is the second busiest airport in Canada and does not receive any government funds.

Some 24 million passengers used YVR in 2017, a figure that is expected to increase to 32 million by 2022.

Image: Aerial view of YVR (Wikimedia Commons/Alejandro Erickson)

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