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Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

This recent addition to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) became the first hotel in Canada to extend its lobby into the concourse of an airport. The luxury property features 392 soundproof guest rooms, a restaurant, a lounge, 14 executive meeting rooms and a Health Club and Day Spa. By offering new levels of personalized service, luxury and sophistication, The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel is changing the way the world thinks about airport accommodation. The hotel targets domestic business travelers, but is also looking to the US and international markets for potential growth.

The Pacific Northwest, California and Asia are markets that represent strong growth opportunities for the hotel. For more information call central reservations at 1-800-441-1414 or visit the web site at www.cphotels.co. Media Contact:
Sarah Geddes, Communications and Promotions Manager,
Tel: (604) 662-1923 Fax: (604) 685-9476 E-mail:
sgeddes@vap.cphotels.ca ...
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Vancouver's International Airport

So many changes have occurred at YVR in the 6 years since Air Highways Magazine got its start there, the results could occupy this entire web site. Back in 1994, which now seems like ancient history, we met with Transport Canada's Mark Duncan and Martin Copeland of YVR Management, to see if the Air Highways Magazine concept would really fly. They loved the idea, and It took off like a rocketship. Since then, several of the YVR team have been speakers at our various Air & Marine Tourism Conferences.

Vancouver South Terminal gets a facelift
The old Vancouver Airport Terminal, better known as the South Terminal is getting a new lease on life. Over the next two winters a metamorphosis will take place on the inside of the building. Although the outside dimensions of the building will not change, the interior will become non-recognizable compared to its present day layout. The spirit of BCs pioneering aviators will serve as one of the main design elements.The $3 million Protec started in early 1998. At the present time only a portion of the building is used as a passenger terminal. The unused area will be the start of the first stage of the renovations, included with this are seismic upgrading of some exterior walls, most work done the first winter will not be seen or pose any inconvenience to the traveling public. All work will stop during the summer season. The terminal design has three criteria. First, the scheduled and tourist destinations serviced from the south terminal will be reflected within the design to create a sense of place, and highlight Supernatural British Columbia. Second, the building will also reflect the aviation history of YVR's south side. Third, the family of terminals at YVR through some similar design features. This part of the renovation will see the changing of the present waiting and check-in areas. All the check-in booths on the south side will be moved and the restaurant will be moved to the newly built upper level complete with air-side viewing.

The area in which the restaurant now stands will become lobby and waiting area. The portion of the building that is not presently used will contain the arrivals turnstile, rental car booths and a separate exit to the street. The only changes to the outside will be a facade added to the front of the building. This will be of a stone facings and tree like support pillars. Separate arrivals and departure doors, and some seismic upgrading supports. How will all of this be paid for? Well the dreaded A.I.F. will be imposed on the, until now exempt South Terminal. Because all flights are within the province the A.I.F. fee will only be $5, this will be added directly to your ticket at time of purchase. The fee will be removed once the renovations are paid for. The decor will be based on the communities that are served with scenes and artifacts from around the province, with an emphasis on the West Coast.

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Helijet Airways: Vancouver South Airport Complex
serves Super Cities Triangle

YVR has also launched a passenger friendly Web Site www.yvr.ca to which can be added as a source of news, a most informative monthly publication, YVR "SkyTalk."

The Langley Township Regional Airport and the Vancouver International Airport are but two of many successful airport operations. You only have to examine the airport in your area, then understand and appreciate what it means to your community and that any differences and problems can be resolved to the betterment of everybody. Finally a closing comment. Freight does not indeed, travel only by land and sea. Have a look at the airfreight tonnage figures then ask, what would become of business at large and us if we didn't have the advantage of travel and cargo via the air highways of the world? Just imagine if you will, even for a moment, the void, the consequences, and the additional expense, let alone the further congestion on our highways and waterways. Support your local airport and aviation at large.

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