In Vancouver, people can be forgiven for thinking they’re still flying.
But the city has one of the highest levels of aviation safety in the country, and the Vancouver Airports Authority says it’s one of only four in Canada that have more than 400 hours of runway time.
“We’ve had a lot of good times and bad times,” says Avi Gershenfeld, the authority’s director of air safety.
We have to be very mindful of the passengers, the airlines and the airport as a whole.
“Gershenfeld says there’s a lot more people flying in Vancouver than ever before, but he says that’s a good thing.
For decades, the airport was a safe haven for people who’d been on the edge of the world.
When the airport reopened in 2000, it was a major hub for passengers coming to the city for the Olympics.
It was also home to the first ever commercial flight to the United States from Vancouver.
It was the first of many flights to the U.S. and a huge step toward the U,B.C.’s eventual acceptance as the United Nations’ headquarters.
Aviation safety in Vancouver has been a long time coming.
The airport opened in 1959, when the city was still a British colony.
In 1964, the city merged with British Columbia.
In 1967, the British Columbia Civil Aviation Authority passed the Vancouver Airport Act, making it illegal to fly unless you had a certificate and flying privileges.
Then, in the 1980s, a lot changed.
Vancouver was hit hard by the recession, the housing bubble and a number of other economic issues.
But aviation safety wasn’t going away, and it was still pretty important to the local economy.
In the early 1990s, the Vancouver airport reopened, and people flocked back.
Now, about 60 per cent of passengers fly to the airport, which is a far cry from the 70 per cent that were there when it opened in the 1960s.”
We have the highest number of passengers at the airport and we’re a big draw to the international market,” says Gershed.
But, even though Vancouver has always had a large number of flights, Gershefeld notes that, since 2000, Vancouver has seen a big decline in the number of planes landing on the runway.
Airports around the world are struggling to meet the demand for safety and reliability.
At Vancouver International Airport, about two-thirds of the flights are scheduled, and there’s also a huge demand for new, low-cost airlines.
To keep the airport safe, Garshenfeld says, you need to understand the different modes of travel people use.
First and foremost, you have commercial and domestic travel.
So it’s more than likely going to fly to one of those,” he says. “
The primary thing is that if we’re going to have an aircraft with an A320, it’s going to be an A330 or an A340.
So it’s more than likely going to fly to one of those,” he says.
Also, Gerts says, there’s an increase in domestic flights from China and South America, and then a decrease in international flights from those countries.
Gershed says he thinks people are concerned about their safety, but that’s what the airport needs to be able to do.
“They’re worried about the economy and how much they’re going get from the government for the airport,” he said.
Aircraft are more expensive than they used to be, so it’s not as cheap as it used to have to have been, Gendershenfeld said.
“The industry’s been in an upward spiral for a long period of time.
We’ve seen a lot in the last few years.”
For example, the airline industry in Canada has been struggling to make ends meet.
Gershald says Vancouver is the world’s second-largest economy, with a GDP of about $21 billion, but the airport is facing a budget shortfall.
This means that in order to maintain the airport’s safety standards, Gerghes says it’ll have to increase taxes, hire more staff, increase fares and offer a more generous benefit package.
Gershfeld says that when the airport first opened, it had about 200,000 passengers per day, and by 2013, that number had ballooned to more than 3.5 million.
And he says the number has only been growing.
He points out that Vancouver is a big city, and that the airport has grown so big that, if the airport were to close, it could have a huge impact on Vancouver’s economy.
“In the last 20 years, the total amount of people who have come to Vancouver from the United Kingdom has increased dramatically,” he explains.
So Gersch is confident the airport can continue to provide the same level of safety