Earlier this year, the Skytrax World Airport Awards recognized Vancouver International Airport as the best airport in North America.
What a nice continental accolade, we thought.
Now, YVR has topped a ranking of the finest airports in the world.
The announcement was made by the CAPA Centre for Aviation’s Aviation Awards in Amsterdam yesterday. No other North American airport has ever won the title.
The award is given to an airport that is “biggest standout strategically, established itself as a leader and done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry.”
What makes YVR so great, you ask? A “unique governance structure with a community-based, not-for-profit airport authority that reinvests all profits back into airport operations and development,” according to CAPA. Sound.
The airport’s increased number of routes, technological innovation, and 32 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per passenger over the last decade were also lauded. Its renowned First Nations art and award-winning architecture are super cool too.
Serving only 1,072 passengers when it was opened in 1931, it will service an expected 22 million in this year.