Vancouver International Airport Ranked Best Airport in North America

Photo credit: YVR

Photo credit: YVR

As a frequent traveler, I have a soft spot for extra airport time whether it’s ordering dessert in Ramsay’s Plane Food in Heathrow Terminal 5, or waiting out a blackout in Lilongwe International Airport. I rarely get to linger in Vancouver International Airport. They’re just that efficient. That’s why YVR was recently ranked North America’s best airport at the Skytrax 2013 World Airport Awards in Geneva, Switzerland.

Not only is Vancouver the top scorer in North America, YVR airport is the only North American airport in the top 10 airports worldwide. YVR ranked eighth behind mega hubs such as Hong Kong, Zurich, Munich, Amsterdam, and Beijing. Continue reading:
Vancouver International Airport Ranked Best Airport in North America

YVR Cuts Wait Times for Fliers to USA

Photo credit: iambents | Flickr

Photo credit: iambents | Flickr

Frequent fliers know the drill.  You’re already late for a flight out of YVR to the U.S. when you find yourself stuck in a massive lineup waiting to clear U.S. customs and immigration.  As the minutes tick away, the line crawls forward.

Those days may soon thankfully be a thing of the past.  Self-service kiosks for Canadians traveling to the U.S. are scheduled to be introduced at the Vancouver International Airport by the end of May.  The service is already available for Americans flying to the U.S. out of the airport.

The automated kiosks are similar to those already in place for Canadians returning to Canada, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.  Those were introduced in 2009, during airport overhauls prior to Vancouver’s Olympic Games, and have succeeded in significantly reducing delays.  Passengers simply scan their passport, then feed their customs declaration into the machine, which spits out a copy for display to a waiting border agent.

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YVR Cuts Wait Times for Fliers to USA

How Fast Can You Eat a Japadog? Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

Japadog’s famous Terimayo. Photo: Remy Scalza

How fast can you down a Terimayo? How about 20 Terimayos?

Japadog, Vancouver’s most famous street food vendor, is hosting a Japadog eating contest to see who can eat the most Japadogs in 10 minutes at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on August 17, 2012.

(Yes, there is a Japadog at YVR.)

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How Fast Can You Eat a Japadog? Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

A Terimayo Before Your Flight? Japadog lands at YVR

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There’s been lots of food cart news lately in Vancouver: 12 new vendors; carts in public parks; a food truck block party at the Waldorf.  Amid all the excitement, however, this tasty bit of news slid through the cracks.

Japadog now has a food cart right outside of the International Arrivals Terminal at Vancouver’s YVR airport.   Airport dining may never be the same.

I noticed the brightly colored cart – with its endorsements from the likes of Ice Cube and Steven Seagal – while leaving the airport earlier this week.  The savoury smell of all-beef dogs topped with miso, wasabi, seaweed and daikon made me wish I’d skipped the in-flight meal.

I was disappointed to discover, however, that no one seemed to be patronizing the new YVR Japadog.  Travelers hustled by lugging carry-ons and suitcases, but nobody bothered to pause for some Asian-infused, wiener-based refreshment.  Considering that the downtown Japadogs are usually queued up day and night, this came as a surprise.  Continue reading:
A Terimayo Before Your Flight? Japadog lands at YVR

YVR Celebrates Summer with 3rd Annual “Take-Off Fridays”

A summer staycation has never had so many options. Visit Vancouver International Airport (YVR) any Friday from July 6th to August 31st for Take-Off Fridays and
enjoy delicious treats, rockin’ beats and fun for the whole family.

Whether you’re looking for an entertaining new family activity, or simply want to soak up the summer spirit with friends, YVR has something for everyone. Plan to visit any Friday this summer from 9:00am to 3:00pm for a full day of free samples, great music, and exciting prizes. Check out live DJs and tons of free entertainment in the Domestic and International Terminals, where kids will have a blast meeting YVR mascots, dancing to music, getting their faces painted, and more. The addition of activities in the USA departures area – a new feature of this year’s Take-Off Fridays – means there’s even more to see and do.

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YVR Celebrates Summer with 3rd Annual “Take-Off Fridays”