As a frequent traveler, I have a soft spot for extra airport time whether it’s ordering dessert in Ramsay’s Plane Food in Heathrow Terminal 5, or waiting out a blackout in Lilongwe International Airport. I rarely get to linger in Vancouver International Airport. They’re just that efficient. That’s why YVR was recently ranked North America’s best airport at the Skytrax 2013 World Airport Awards in Geneva, Switzerland.
Not only is Vancouver the top scorer in North America, YVR airport is the only North American airport in the top 10 airports worldwide. YVR ranked eighth behind mega hubs such as Hong Kong, Zurich, Munich, Amsterdam, and Beijing.
YVR is the second busiest Canadian airport serving 17.6 million of us every year. The airport won points for customer service, being the least busy airport in the Skytrax top ten and having an extensive collection of Pacific Northwest First Nations art.
Another perk that mattered? YVR’s volunteers team known as Green Coat Ambassadors who help travelers get where they’re going.
And YVR is set to score higher in 2014 with the recent $1.4 billion expansion (more international gates with BC-themed installations like a stream with pathway and marine wildlife tanks). Plus this month we’re getting self-service kiosks for Canadians traveling to the U.S. which are expected to significantly reduce border wait time.
Who votes for the World Airport Awards? Passengers. They’re the global benchmark of airport excellence and known in the travel industry as the Passenger’s Choice Awards. They’re based on independent passenger surveys.
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