Victoria International Airport traffic on the rise after 3-year decline
Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is in growth mode in 2012 after three consecutive years of declining passenger volumes.
Between January and June of this year the total number of travelers passing through YYJ’s gates outpaced the same period last year by 0.6%, or some 4,200 passengers, totaling 720,486 individuals.
Canada’s 9th busiest airport experienced a passenger slump between 2009 and 2011 with volumes falling by as much as 2.5% below 2008’s record 1.54-million travelers.
With six more months to go before the final verdict is in YYJ may yet end up in the red, although unlike previous years, 2012’s passenger volumes have skipped between positive and negative growth throughout the first six months of the year and the trend is likely to continue with positive growth by years-end.
However, the airport’s air cargo volume continues to decline with a 6.5% drop through June of this year over 2011. The air cargo business at YYJ has receded for several years in a row and shows no sign of abating. Aircraft movements also continue to decrease with a drop of nearly 4% so far this year as high fuel prices force many private pilots to forego pleasure flights. VV
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SparkyApr 20, 2013 at 9:06 am
The next time you are looking into the skies and wondering where an aircraft is coming from or going to, pull out your laptop or phone and click here.
Hotel MikeApr 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm
Flight Radar is an awesome site. You can waste a lot of time on it. But not all flights are reported. I've had jets overhead (yes I meant the pun) and didn't find them on the screen.
Mike K.Apr 26, 2013 at 11:32 am
YYJ has awarded a 3-year landscaping contract to a firm called IslandEarth.
Victoria Airport Authority Awards IslandEarth Landscaping Services Multi-Year Contract for Airport Landscaping (YYJ)
Apr 26, 2013
“As Victoria is world renowned for its beautiful gardens and landscapes, the airport must deliver that experience when guests arrive or depart from our airport.” said Geoff Dickson President and CEO of the Victoria Airport Authority. “IslandEarth Landscaping Services demonstrated to us that they have the right team to deliver a fantastic first impression, while being very mindful of the environment. With a contract award spanning over 3 years, we are looking for a long term partnership to ensure the best possible impression is made on guests to our city.”
The Victoria Airport Authority issued a request for proposals in March 2013, looking for the best of the best in local landscaping companies. The process was very competitive attracting over a dozen qualified companies. Through that process, IslandEarth Landscaping Services was selected for a multi-year contract to provide comprehensive landscaping services on airport property.
“We are honoured to be chosen as the landscape maintenance contractors for the Victoria Airport Authority. This prestigious premier property is a great opportunity for IslandEarth to showcase that our eco-friendly approach can provide a beautifully manicured result,” said Mike Josephson, IslandEarth Landscape Services Ltd General Manager. “The VAA has made it very clear they have high expectations and we intend not only to meet those expectations but exceed them. Our attention to detail is going to shine through from the moment that visitors step off the plane.”
“My crews are excited to get started. We are going to help the Victoria Airport Authority provide residents and visitors with a property we can all be proud of not only aesthetically but also environmentally,” said Dean Ross, Operations Manager. “Our goal on this property, like all of our other properties is to provide value and customer service. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with the airport.”
VicHockeyFanMay 10, 2013 at 5:39 am
Quote: May 09, 2013 03:35 from James Gardner
Getting on and off the Island by boat, motor vehicle, or airplane is the focus on an important strategy report to be released later this summer.
The Transportation Committee of Tourism Victoria announced the top priorities from the Passenger Gateway Strategy.
One priority is for ferry terminal redevelopment with consolidation of Clipper and Coho terminal operations. Recommendations also call for a reduction of highway one congestion with the development of the McKenzie Bypass, as well as rail and water initiatives. The strategy also recommends improvements and expansion of Victoria International Airport runway infrastructure and an integrated transportation plan for the CRD.
Committee members include BC Ferries, BC Transit, Helijet, Harbour Air and Clipper Vacations.
Ya, ya, a whole lot of talking, by a group that has no money to actually
Are those the number 1 complaints by tourists? Highway #1 congestion? And I've said it before, I look through TripAdvisor comments for the Clipper an Coho, and I don't see complaints about the terminal.
How about some more stuff for people to
How many tourists come here and know nothing about French Beach, Port Renfrew or Cowichan Bay, or even Goldstream Park or Mt. Doug Park?
jonnyMay 10, 2013 at 9:11 am
Quote: Very unlikely. The space for this would be downstairs. Though it could go in that one spot where the Relay Kiosk is currently.
Spinnakers is definitely going downstairs where the Relay kiosk was. The Relay kiosk is now upstairs in the new extension.
The changes actually don't look bad, at least from upstairs. I was in a rush to get through there the other day so couldn't hang around or take a good look around or any pictures.