Vancouver airport reports Olympic numbers

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

RICHMOND, B.C. - The day after the Winter Olympics closed was a record-setter for Vancouver International Airport. But it fell shy of expectations.

Airport president Larry Berg said Thursday at the annual public meeting that 36,500 passengers left March 1 with 57,000 bags. YVR estimated it would see 39,000 passengers with 77,000 bags.

“Thanks to the outstanding efforts of many, lineups were short-lasting,” Berg said. “It was an exceptionally smooth event.”

YVR said it had 2.6 million passengers with 2.7 million bags on 29,000 flights during the Olympics and Paralympics.

YVR reported 16.2 million passengers in 2009, 1.7 million fewer than 2008. Landings and takeoffs declined 20,000 because of the recession, but YVR had a $38.8 million operating surplus.

YVR named former Laidlaw International and British Columbia Centre for Disease Control executive Mary Jordan its new chair. Graham Clarke, chair since 1997, stepped down but will remain on the board.

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