Vancouver International Airport says Bienvenue to Air France
On March 29, 2015, Air France’s inaugural flight from Charles DeGaulle airport in Paris landed at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), bringing with it 309 passengers and over 200 new jobs to Canada’s westernmost province, along with easier travel and connections to and around Europe.
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“We are very excited to welcome Air France to YVR,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority. “This new service creates opportunities for business, tourism and trade and strengthens our already strong air access ties with Europe.”
The new direct Boeing 777-200 aircraft service between Paris and Vancouver will operate between three and five times per week, generating as much as $13.7 million in annual revenue for the province and creating up to 250 new jobs at YVR and British Columbia’s hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions, according to airport authority estimates.
As Canada's second busiest airport, and a key link in Canada’s Pacific Gateway, YVR served more than 19 million passengers in 2014, and is quickly becoming a main travel hub in North America. Fifty-three airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to more than 110 non-stop destinations worldwide. Air France, along with its alliance partner KLM, offer an extensive European flight network, which the new Vancouver flights will tap into.
British Columbia’s trade and investment network worked with YVR to help the airport organization build a business case for direct flights. This included providing information on business linkages between B.C. and France, and showing how the level of bilateral activity between the province and France would benefit from and support a direct flight between Charles de Gaulle and YVR.