Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, On July 25, 2016, Vancouver welcomed Xiamen Airlines inaugural flight to North America. The airline has chosen Vancouver International Airport (YVR) as its first North American destination and will open a representative office in the city.
The airline will be operating a year-round direct flight three times per week, flying from Vancouver to Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, in Fujian Province, China.. Xiamen Airlines will also have a representative office in Vancouver to support the flight route and develop the local market. British Columbia's Trade and Investment representatives in Guangzhou assisted the company by providing market intelligence, matchmaking services and logistical support.
With the addition of Xiamen Airlines, YVR becomes the first airport in North America and Europe to be served by five airlines from Mainland China, further strengthening BC's position as an Asia Pacific hub.
British Columbia lies at the commercial crossroads of the Asia-Pacific region and North America. This strategic location, coupled with increased air access to markets in Asia and strong marine port capacity, has made British Columbia an ideal location for globally-minded organizations and companies.
YVR is quickly becoming North America's gateway of choice to the Asia-Pacific region, offering the most carriers, destinations and flights to mainland China and Hong Kong of any North American airport. YVR welcomed 20.3 million passengers in 2015, facilitated more than 278,000 aircraft take-offs and landings, and handled 271,500 tonnes of cargo.
British Columbia’s transportation network also includes marine ports such asthe Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest and most diversified port, which trades $75 billion in goods annually. The port has 27 major marine terminals to service international shipping companies.
Further north, the Port of Prince Rupert is the closest North American bulk and container facility to Asia. It’s also Canada’s most advanced coal terminal, North America’s fastest-growing container terminal and has efficient intermodal connections to markets across the continent. British Columbia is the only gateway on the west coast of the Americas served by three continental Class 1 railways, connecting ports on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts to key markets throughout North America.