NEWS RELEASE · 7th June 2010
Office of the Premier
China Eastern Airlines is expanding service to Vancouver to include permanent daily non-stop flights between Shanghai and Vancouver International Airport, announced Premier Gordon Campbell today.
Premier Campbell was joined by China Eastern Airlines general manager Margaret Meng, China Eastern sales manager Ben Lee and Vancouver Airport Authority president and CEO Larry Berg.
"The world was introduced to Vancouver during the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and today's announcement builds on that unparalleled momentum," said Premier Campbell. "I want to thank China Eastern Airlines for growing their business through YVR, and I hope they continue to choose British Columbia for future growth."
"To meet current and future demands, China Eastern is increasing flights between Vancouver and Shanghai to daily non-stop service this summer and permanently on November 1st," said Meng. "Our Airbus 340-300 aircraft will service this route, providing safe, efficient and convenient service to our customers."
According to YVR's 2005 Economic Impact Study, one new daily international long-haul flight into YVR generates over 100 person-years of employment, over $5 million in wages, and over $8 million to Canada's GDP annually.
The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games highlighted B.C. and Canada to the world, including over 850 million Chinese television viewers.
"During the Olympic Games, our government met with more than a half-dozen global air carriers, including China Eastern Airlines, to encourage growth through Canada's Pacific Gateway," said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond. "This increase to year round daily flights will support job growth, tourism and new commerce in Vancouver and B.C."
"China recently granted Canada Approved Destination Status, which opens the door for more Chinese tour groups to travel to B.C. and Canada," said Berg. "We are delighted that China Eastern has added additional capacity that will help us to attract this expanded tourist market."
China Eastern Airlines account for nearly 50 per cent of Shanghai's aviation market, operating flights to 151 cities, including connections to major cities across the globe such as Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London and Frankfurt. China Eastern has plans to extend its network by joining the SkyTeam global network of more than 13,133 daily flights covering 856 destinations in 169 countries.
China Eastern Airlines is a global partner and the exclusive air carrier for World Expo 2010 in Shanghai from May through October. During Expo, air travel volume is expected to increase by 40 per cent and 70 million visitors are expected, with two million overseas and six million domestic visitors travelling by air.