Victoria Airport Authority

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    The ultra-low fare airline adds increased service, including Victoria see more

    The ultra-low fare airline adds increased service and three new destinations to its network, including Victoria

    CALGARY, AB – Dec. 13, 2019 – Today, Swoop, Canada’s ultra-low-fare airline and subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd., released its 2020 summer schedule, announcing increased service and three new destinations. Starting in April 2020, Swoop’s newest routes will take travellers to two new domestic destinations including Victoria, Kamloops, and one U.S. destination, San Diego.

    With summer being a busy travel season for Canadians, Swoop is also increasing its weekly frequency service between many markets including Hamilton to Winnipeg, Edmonton to Abbotsford, and Abbotsford to Winnipeg.

    ”In only 18 months, Swoop has experienced significant growth, and we are excited to continue this momentum with the release of our 2020 summer schedule,” said Steven Greenway, President, Swoop. “By introducing Swoop to more markets, we are achieving our mission of providing Canadians with accessible summer travel opportunities throughout North America.”

    Highlights of Swoop’s 2020 summer schedule includes service between:

    • Edmonton-Kamloops up to four times weekly
    • Winnipeg-London up to four times weekly
    • Winnipeg-Victoria up to five times weekly
    • Edmonton-San Diego up to three times weekly
    • Edmonton-Abbotsford from 16 times weekly, to 24 times weekly
    • Hamilton-Winnipeg, from six times weekly, to 10 times weekly
    • Abbotsford to Winnipeg, from four times weekly, to daily

    Since its June 2018 launch, Swoop’s summer network has grown to serve 14 domestic, 10 transborder and four international markets, rapidly expanding the airline’s network across North America. Fulfilling a need in the Canadian marketplace, Swoop continues to make a positive impact on the aviation industry, becoming Canada’s leading domestic, transborder and international ultra-low-cost carrier, with the new schedule set to increase Swoop’s frequency to 328 ultra-low fare weekly flights.

    “We are very pleased to welcome Swoop to Victoria International Airport with new service to Winnipeg,” said Geoff Dickson, President and CEO, Victoria Airport Authority.  “We are one of the lowest cost airports in Canada and that makes us a natural fit with the low-cost business model of Swoop. We look forward to a growing partnership and welcome the new destination and travel options for our local community and visitors to our region.”   

    “We’re glad to see Swoop’s growth plan includes increased service for Edmonton International Airport,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport. “We look forward to more flights both for the Edmonton Metro Region and for other communities to come here and experience our great area.”

    “Winnipeg Richardson International Airport travellers will have more options this summer thanks to two new direct routes from Swoop,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority. “We are pleased to grow our partnership with Swoop as they continue to expand our community’s connectivity, giving travellers new places to discover and bringing more people to Winnipeg to explore everything our city has to offer.”

    “Expanding flight services and destinations continues to be a priority for us at San Diego International Airport,” said Kim Becker, President and CEO, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. “We are proud and excited to welcome Swoop with service to Edmonton as our newest travel destination, bringing even more offerings to our passengers in San Diego and Canada.”

    “We are very pleased to welcome Swoop to Kamloops Airport this coming summer season,” said Ed Ratuski, Managing Director, Kamloops Airport. “The return of service between Kamloops and Edmonton will be welcomed by our community and offer great opportunities for adventures on both ends of the route.”

    Swoop’s unbundled model ensures fares remain ultra-low, with a base fare that starts with just the seat, giving travellers the power to add the things they want, and nothing they don’t.

    Flights are now available for booking through until October 24, 2020. To learn more about Swoop’s destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on FacebookTwitterInstagram.

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    About Swoop  

    Established in 2018, Swoop is Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, independently operated as part of the WestJet Group of companies, offering point-to-point scheduled service to 20 destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Swoop offers completely unbundled products and services, creating the unique opportunity for travellers to control their costs and customize their experience by purchasing only the extras they desire. 

    Swoop operates a modern fleet of nine Boeing 737-800 aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity. Swoop’s mobile app allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.   For more details on Swoop, visit FlySwoop.com

     

    For Swoop media relations, please contact:

    Shauna MacDonald

    403-585-4570; 403-538-5645

    smacdonald@brooklinepr.com

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    YYJ welcomes the two millionth passenger in 2018. see more

    Source: Victoria Airport Authority 

    Victoria Airport Authority Shares 2018 Accomplishments and Future Plans with the Community at Annual Public General Meeting

    May 10, 2019

    Yesterday evening, Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) updated the local community on another exceptional year at its Annual Public General Meeting held at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

    VAA highlighted some of the key accomplishments of 2018 including:

    • Marking the significant milestone of welcoming the two millionth passenger – serving 2.049 passengers representing 5.9% growth and another record-setting year for passenger volumes;

    • Strong financial results. Revenues improved by 6.3% resulting in an improvement to the operating surplus by 4.2%. YYJ Victoria International is one of two airports in the country debt-free;

    • Investing $15 million in capital investments in 2018 including the ongoing construction of the Lower Passenger Departure Lounge, the addition of 520 parking stalls and resurfacing Willingdon Road;

    • Receiving the Silver Wings Award from BC Aviation Council recognizing environmental protection and remediation of TenTen Creek and maintaining our Level 2 carbon accreditation by Airports Council International (ACI);

    • Maintaining strong ACI Airport Service Quality results among participating Canadian airports;

    • New air service for 2018 included Air Canada Montreal service, Air North Whitehorse service, and the introduction of the ultra-low cost carrier Flair Airlines with new service to Edmonton.

    2019 will bring the completion of the expanded portion of the lower passenger departure lounge and start of renovations to the existing space, expansion of the main aircraft apron for commercial operations, Apron IV, the extension of Taxiway Echo East and planning for curb-side improvements for better utilization and passenger experience. “Continuing to keep costs low for our air carriers while providing a first-class airport for our region will always be our focus,” said Geoff Dickson, President and CEO.

    “Ensuring our costs remain among the lowest in the country while continuing to pursue new air service, improve the customer experience and maintaining safety is where our efforts remain.”

    Guests in attendance received a detailed progress report of the $19.4 million terminal expansion underway. This 27-month project is the third phase of a multi-phase terminal and apron expansion program that will see a doubling of the lower passenger departures area. The new area will see dedicated boarding gates, covered walkways, new and expanded washrooms, additional food & beverage and retail facilities.

    A copy of the 2018 VAA Annual Report is available at  http://www.victoriaairport.com/librarywww.victoriaairport.com/library

    About Victoria International Airport

    Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 11th busiest airport in Canada with over 2.04 million passengers per year. Victoria is well served with more than 100 daily flights throughout North America. YYJ was rated among one of the top ten most-loved airports in the world by CNN Travel and was twice named ‘Best Regional Airport in North America’ by Airports Council International (ACI).

    Victoria Airport Authority is a not-for-profit authority that has managed the safe and secure operations of the Victoria International Airport on behalf of the surrounding communities since April 1, 1997.

    Media Contact

    Geoff Dickson
    President and CEO
    Executive Offices: (250) 953-7501

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    Victoria Airport Authority Shares 2017 Accomplishments and Future Plans with the Community at Annual Public General Meeting

     

    Yesterday evening, Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) updated the local community on another exceptional year at its Annual Public General Meeting held at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

    VAA highlighted some of the key accomplishments of 2017 and future plans including:

    • 1.934 million passengers – another record-setting year for passenger volumes;
    • The elimination of its long-term debt and strong financial results;
    • The results of an economic impact study that showed the operations of Victoria International Airport generated 4,200 full-time equivalent jobs, $270 million in wages and $880 million in total economic output;
    • A noise baseline study that highlighted noise levels were equal to or lower than all locations previously measured in 1999 despite growth at the airport;
    • Airport Council International Airport Service Quality results indicated that Victoria International Airport had the highest service quality scores of 15 Canadian airports participating;
    • New air service for 2018 include Air Canada Montreal service, Air North Whitehorse service, and the introduction of the ultra-low cost carrier Flair Airlines with new service to Edmonton.

     

    “Keeping costs low for our air carriers while providing a first-class airport for our region will always be our focus,” said Geoff Dickson, President and CEO.  “Victoria International Airport is one of the lowest cost airports in the country with some of the highest customer satisfaction scores, which is a nice combination.

    Guests in attendance received a detailed review of the $19.4 million terminal expansion underway.  This 27-month project is the third phase of a multi-phase terminal and apron expansion program and will see a doubling of the lower passenger departures area.  The new area will see dedicated boarding gates, covered walkways, new and expanded washrooms, additional food & beverage and retail facilities.

    A copy of the 2017 VAA Annual Report is available at www.victoriaairport.com/library

     

    About Victoria International Airport

    Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.93 million passengers per year.  Victoria is well served with more than 100 daily flights throughout North America.  YYJ was rated among one of the top ten most-loved airports in the world by CNN Travel and was twice named ‘Best Regional Airport in North America’ by Airports Council International (ACI).

    Victoria Airport Authority is a not-for-profit authority that has managed the safe and secure operations of the Victoria International Airport on behalf of the surrounding communities since April 1, 1997.

     

    Media Contact

    Geoff Dickson
    President and CEO
    Executive Offices:  (250) 953-7501

     

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    4,200 person years of employment, $270 million of wages in British Columbia, $420 million in GDP... see more

    Victoria International Airport Facilitates Economic Growth

    Airport operations generate $880 million in economic impact annually

    VICTORIA, BC (January 17, 2018) - Victoria Airport Authority engaged InterVISTAS Consulting to conduct an economic impact study.  The study was conducted to measure the economic contribution associated with the ongoing activities of Victoria International Airport.  The study concluded that in 2017, the operations of Victoria International Airport generated 4,200 person years of employment, $270 million of wages in British Columbia, $420 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and $880 million in economic output; the gross dollar value of industrial output produced and reflects the spending by firms, organizations and individuals.

    Impact

    Employment

    Wages

    GDP

    Output

     

    Jobs

    FTEs

    ($ Millions)

    ($ Millions)

    ($ Millions)

    Direct

    2,800

    2,500

    $170

    $230

    $540

    Indirect

    1,100

    1,000

    $60

    $100

    $200

    Induced

    800

    700

    $40

    $90

    $140

    Total

    4,700

    4,200

    $270

    $420

    $880

    The last economic impact study was conducted in 2005 which at that time indicated $441 million in economic output and 2,920 FTEs.

    “It is no surprise the overall increase in economic impact, given the growth in passenger numbers at the airport which have almost doubled since then, and the increase in the number of businesses that have chosen to operate on the airport property.  Intuitively people understand the importance of an airport to the local community, but not necessarily the actual economic impact.  We wanted to quantify the annual dollar amount, and when you see numbers approaching one billion dollars in annual impact, it drives home the importance of a vibrant and growing airport”, said Geoff Dickson, President and CEO of the Victoria Airport Authority.

    For more information on the Economic Impact Study, please visit the Victoria International Airport website:  www.victoriaairport.com

    About Victoria International Airport

    Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.93 million passengers per year.  Victoria is well served with more than 100 daily flights throughout North America.  YYJ was rated among one of the top ten most-loved airports in the world by CNN Travel and was twice named ‘Best Regional Airport in North America’ by Airports Council International.

    Media Contact ­ Victoria Airport Authority

    Geoff Dickson
    President and CEO
    Executive Offices: (250) 953‐7501

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    Results will be used to raise public awareness of the airport, the airlines and other businesses see more

    Victoria International Airport Economic Impact Study

    A critical factor in earning support for future initiatives that benefit all airport-related businesses is our ability to demonstrate the significant economic impact of Victoria International Airport (YYJ) upon our community and province.

    The Victoria Airport Authority has commissioned an economic impact study. The results of the study will be used to raise public awareness of the airport, the airlines and other related businesses’ contribution to local employment and economic activity. We receive many requests for economic impact information, and it is important that the public continues to appreciate the benefits of the Victoria International Airport to the economy of British Columbia. InterVISTAS has conducted similar economic impact research for airports across Canada.

    In order to undertake this study, we kindly ask that you participate in a survey. In order to keep this initiative on time and on budget, we request that you complete this survey as soon as possible, so that InterVISTAS can compile the results without delay or additional cost.

    Please click on the following link to your secure online survey access:

    http://InterVISTAS.YYJ-Economic-Impact-Study-Stakeholder-Survey.sgizmo.com/s3/

    Should you have any questions about the study or the survey, please contact Doris Mak or Celina Estrella at 1-877-717-6246.

    We appreciate that some of the information requested in the survey may be of a sensitive nature to your firm. Please be assured that InterVISTAS will maintain the confidentiality of your survey response, and that the completed surveys will not be viewed by any other party other than researchers at InterVISTAS. InterVISTAS will maintain the confidentiality of your survey response and will not provide individual firm results to Victoria International Airport. Only the aggregate survey totals will be provided in the final report. The published document will not reveal employment figures or other data for any individual firm.

    Thank you for your cooperation in this important study. We all look forward to the results as they will benefit all members of the Victoria International Airport business community.

    James Bogusz
    Vice-President Operations and Development
    Victoria Airport Authority

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    Victoria Airport Authority completes TenTen Creek Project at YYJ

    The VAA has been working with local partners on this project such as Peninsula Streams, Shore keepers, Transport Canada and the Tseycum First Nation.  The project team includes, Kerr Wood Leidal as lead engineer, SLR Environmental and Watershed Ecological for environmental management and Rodd Excavating as the general contractor.  

    The TenTen Sediment Reduction Project is a massive undertaking that has been in the planning phase for over two years. 

    The scope of the project includes:

    • Reprofiling and armouring two large over-steepened banks that are part of the federal dumpsite to reduce future erosion.
    • Construction of two large sediment traps to reduce sediment load into the receiving waters at Patricia Bay.
    • Improve creek plantings and rip-rap to encourage aquatic habitat.
    • Remove visible garbage from the sections of the dumpsite.
    • Modify the current water flow in sections of the creek to reduce future bank erosion.

    VAA and its partners have been active stewards of the local watersheds for many years.  This project continues to show strong environmental leadership by restoring areas of concern that pre-date the airport authority taking control of the property in 1997.

    To read the detailed report, click here.

    To watch the video recap, click here.

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    Massive growth prompting officials to consider embarking on expansion and upgrades sooner... see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Carla Wilson

    Victoria airport, spurred by passenger surge, could speed expansion plan

    A “massive” growth in passenger numbers at Victoria International Airport is prompting officials to consider embarking on expansion and upgrades sooner than originally planned.

    Last year brought a high of 1,856,421 passengers through the airport. That’s up by 8.5 per cent from the previous record of 1,710,825 in 2015.

    “We’ve seen consistently strong growth among our domestic air carriers,” Geoff Dickson, president and chief executive officer of the Victoria Airport Authority, said Monday.

    New Delta Air Lines service to Seattle boosted trans-border passenger numbers, he said. Higher capacity in charters heading to sunny climates during winter increased international traffic. “The challenge now is to continue to facilitate and enable continued growth through prudent and timely infrastructure investments,” Dickson said.

    The airport had expected to hit the two million mark in 2020, but it appears that could happen sooner, said James Bogusz, airport authority vice-president of operations and development.

    “We are quite well ahead of what we would have anticipated going into 2017. So if anything, we are looking to advance our capital program, even beyond what our master plan had shown. That’s very exciting.”

    The growth has prompted reviews of surface parking for passengers, capacity for jet bridges and capacity at the terminal building, he said. A jet bridge is a passenger boarding system connecting a terminal to a plane.

    “We are really looking at taking plans that we thought may be five or six years out and bringing those in a little bit, depending on if this growth continues,” Bogusz said.

    A $5.75-million job to repave the 5,000-foot-long secondary runway will likely run from early summer to early fall this year. The well-used runway does not normally handle full-sized jets, but rather Dash 8s, Q400s, and other smaller planes, Bogusz said.

    It will be fitted with new LED lighting that will reduce maintenance needs and use of electricity.

    “I can’t underscore enough that overlaying a runway on an active airfield is a very complicated project,” he said.

    “It’s not as if you can just close your airport for three weeks and say: ‘Go ahead and pave.’ So a lot of the work is done at night, during off hours, and portions of the work could be done during the daytime when operations could allow for that,” Bogusz said.

    The main 7,000-foot-long runway was repaved in 2014.

    As with the main runway, the secondary runway will be covered by a grid of grooves to direct rainwater away and avoid pooling of water. “When a plane lands, it just cannot hydroplane and that is a really, really important safety improvement,” Bogusz said.

    Design work is underway for a $10-million to $12-million proposal to expand the terminal building to the north. It would create more seating and more concession space.

    The plan is to go before the airport authority board in the summer. If approved, the work would be completed over 18 to 24 months, Bogusz said.

    The airport authority is constantly seeking new airlines to serve Victoria. It’s not clear if the low-cost airline NewLeaf will return. It served Victoria between July and early December last year. Asked about its plans, a spokesperson indicated there might be some word in about a week.

    Still to come on airport lands is the $35-million Gateway shopping centre at the corner of Beacon Avenue and Patricia Bay Highway. The airport authority is waiting for a development permit application from developer Omicron, Bogusz said.

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    The Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) announced a number of changes to its Board of Directors. see more

    Victoria Airport Authority Announces New Directors, Board Executive

    VICTORIA, BC (January 11, 2018) - The Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) announced a number of changes to its Board of Directors.

    The Board Executive for 2018 are:

    Eric J. Donald                      Board Chair
    Gordon Safarik                  Board Vice-Chair and Chair, Airport Consultative Committee
    Marilyn Loveless              Board Secretary and Chair, Governance Committee
    Cathie Ounsted                 Chair, Audit and Finance Committee
    Rod Dewar                          Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    VAA welcomed two new Board members effective January 1, 2018:

    Brenda Nunns Shoemaker joins the VAA representing the District of North Saanich.  Ms. Nunns Shoemaker has been a resident of North Saanich for 22 years after moving from Ottawa where she was Vice-President of the Ottawa General Hospital and President of the Ottawa General Hospital Foundation.  Prior to that, she was Vice-President at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.  She has held positions on many local and national boards and councils, often as Chair, in the fields of health, education and athletics.  Past board positions include the Capital Health Region, Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (formerly the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children), North Saanich Parks Commission and Vancouver Island Health Authority. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation as its Governance Chair. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for her community service.

    “Having long admired the Victoria Airport Authority, I hope to contribute to its continued progress in any way I can,” says Nunns Shoemaker.

    Charles Lovallo joins the VAA representing the Town of Sidney. Mr. Lovallo was the founder and CEO of Angel Flight of BC, a non-profit organization of volunteer pilots who provide free air transportation to ambulatory cancer patients requiring travel to treatment centres.  He is President of CRI Business Solutions, a private consulting firm specializing in all aspects of business management, and Manager of the Themis School of Security Training.  Mr. Lovallo is past President and Chair of Innovative Solutions Now Inc., a biofuels research and development company.  He has held senior positions within Revenue Canada - Customs and Border Services in the areas of Information Technology, Revenue, HR Management and Taxation. 

    Mr. Lovallo is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his work in business continuity and emergency management, and he has assisted in the development of a National Risk Assessment Program.

    “I look forward to being part of the VAA.  I have a great love of aviation and a strong desire to give back to the community,” says Lovallo.

    About Victoria International Airport

    Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.86 million passengers per year.  Victoria is well served with more than 120 daily flights throughout North America.  YYJ was rated among one of the top ten most-loved airports in the world by CNN Travel and was twice named ‘Best Regional Airport in North America’ by Airports Council International.

    Media Contact:

    Eric Donald, Chair

    Executive Offices: (250) 953‐7501