Vancouver Airport Authority, the operator for Vancouver International Airport in Canada, has officially opened its new A-B Connector expanding the Domestic Terminal.
The new CA$213m (US$180m) connector features increased gate capacity, an expedited baggage system, seismic upgrades and a wide range of new dining and shopping options. The project has been completed as part of the airport’s 10-year gateway strategy announced in 2012.
Craig Richmond, president and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority, said, “We’re proud to deliver this project on plan and on budget. Vancouver Airport is facing increased competition from other airports and both travelers and airlines have choices. In order to remain competitive and continue to be an economic generator and jobs creator for British Columbia, we must continue to invest in projects that make it easier and faster for passengers and their baggage to move through the airport.”
The A-B Connector provides improved passenger navigation, increased gate capacity and holdroom space, new security and safety enhancements and seismic upgrades to ensure a more comfortable and efficient passenger experience. In addition, an expedited baggage system connects bags between international and domestic flights more quickly. Passengers will also have access to 10 new shops and restaurants, as well as a Plaza Premium pay-per-use lounge.
In terms of style, the extension reflects the imagery of British Columbia’s vineyards and orchards, fishing lodges and the Fraser River and Canyon. The space is anchored by a contemporary art piece called The Rivers Monument from Marianne Nicolson.
The A-B Connector was built using funds collected from the Airport Improvement Fee, retail sales and airplane landing fees.