Vancouver International Airport begins using terminal expansion
With reduced passenger volumes, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has been operating conservatively since spring 2020 by limiting the use of its sprawling terminal to lower operating costs.
But with a steady rebound in passenger volumes thanks to increased traveler confidence and the easing of travel restrictions, YVR has gradually reopened sections of the terminal previously closed since early summer to cope with the increase in number.
The gradual reopening of the terminal wings has now reached the expansion of the recently completed Pier D International Terminal.
Since Pier D reached completion in January 2021, it has been unused, but that has changed since last week. A spokesperson for the Vancouver Airports Authority told Daily Hive Urbanized that passenger demand justified the opening of Pier D mainly for cargo volumes and some passenger operations.
Supporting a recovery trend that began in early September 2021, the spokesperson added that YVR still averages 28,000-30,000 passengers per day, which is a significant rebound from the start of this year and the pandemic low of just 69,000 passengers for the entire month of April. 2020. YVR expects passenger volumes to increase in late November and throughout December as the holiday travel season begins.
Over the next few months, more of the Pier D space will be utilized as needed, and it is expected to be fully utilized before the start of summer 2022, when global aviation is expected to experience a very severe strong rebound.
Construction of Quay D at a cost of $ 300 million began in 2018 for opening at the end of June 2020. However, at the end of March 2020, construction was temporarily halted due to the sudden onset of the pandemic and its impact on the financial situation of YVR. The decision was taken in August 2020 to restart the final construction work on the almost completed terminal extension.
The Pier D expansion includes eight additional new doors, including four traditional jet bridge doors and four remote bus doors.
In addition to the increased capacity, Pier D will offer international passengers a wide range of retail, dining (over 20 new food and beverage concepts), amenities and services.
The interior design evolves the airport motif of a west coast themed experience, with an eye-catching glazed island forest with access to the exterior – establishing a new bar for the airport design. There is an opening in the roof that allows the forest to be saturated with rain or even snow.
The new atrium space, where the island’s forest is located, also features a unique digital public art ribbon, one of the immersive features of the airport’s ever-evolving design.
Pier D is YVR’s largest expansion since the terminal facilities modernization and overhaul project in 1996.