AIR CANADA: Sending passengers to the best airport in North America

We’re not about to declare we’re going Tom Hanks in The Terminal, but if there is any airport we’re pleased to spend time in, it’s Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Named […]

We’re not about to declare we’re going Tom Hanks in The Terminal, but if there is any airport we’re pleased to spend time in, it’s Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Named by Skytrax as ‘The Best Airport in North America’ for the past nine years, YVR has outranked 15,000 airports to snag this title! It’s also one of the fastest-growing airports in North America and Australians are also crazy about it, with 100% passenger growth over the past five years.

Here is why we love YVR!



KARRYON_vancouverairport_clayoquotstatuesIf we weren’t telling you now, would you believe an airport could have a ‘worlds largest’ art collection? Yup! Thanks to the curator and commitment of YVR, you can get both your first and last dose of culture here. Vancouver International Airport is home to the largest collection of Northwest Coast native art on the planet. Our favourite is the welcoming stance of the 3-metre tall Clayoquot figures.



KARRYON_Whizz_into_vancouverForget those awkward shuttle services that take forever, at YVR you can hop straight on the Canada Line. Faster than you can get a bartenders attention on a Saturday night, the rapid transit rail will get you in the heart of Vancouver’s vibrant centre in 30 minutes.



KARRYON_mcarthurglen_outlet_shoppingOutlets? More like inlets as the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Shopping Centre is only three minutes by train from YVR. Those pesky texts you get from an airline notifying of a delay? That’s no longer a loss in our books. We’ll take that extra time and the 70% off luxury brands, thanks! More yay; in 2019, another 35 stores open to help you fill those two suitcases (if you’re flying Air Canada).



If you’re travelling in Air Canada’s Signature Class (or have similar airline partner status), visit the new Maple Leaf Lounge. Expect tantalised taste buds thanks to renowned chef David Hawksworth getting his mitts on the menus. While the lounge concierge team take care of your travel plans, you can head straight to the onsite mixologists. It’s never too early for a mimosa with Moët and Chandon, right?



KARRYON_fairmont_vancouver_airportAirport hotels can be lacklustre affairs not YVR, nah-uh. Here you can surround yourself in the 4-star luxury of the Fairmont brand. For the 5th year running, Skytrax crowned the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel North America’s number one. It’s also ranked the world’s 9th best airport hotel.

Forget clock-watching until your onward flight, here you can indulge at the health spa, pool, tapas bar or enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea. It’s only two minutes from carousel to check-in and the property has the ultimate in airport hotel luxury – soundproofing! Day use rooms are available.




One of the very best things about Vancouver airport is the accessibility it offers travellers to explore more destinations throughout Canada. Whether you choose explore the vibrant food scene in Toronto or fly to Winnipeg to discover the remote wilds of Manitoba, Air Canada makes it easier than ever to uncover the country’s hidden gems.

Australian passengers can explore more of the Great White North from Vancouver airport with smooth connections to over 60 destinations Air Canada serves across Canada.

It’s never been simpler to get to Canada, with Air Canada constantly listening and responding to feedback, giving your customers the best start to their Canadian adventures.


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