In addition to strengthening business and trade ties as well as tourism opportunities between China and Canada, this route has a positive impact on the local economy. The service will create more than 162 jobs at YVR and throughout British Columbia and will add an additional $9.5 million in Gross Domestic Product, $1.8 million in taxes and $3.2 million in wages.
On 20 December, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated the inaugural flight of China Eastern’s non-stop service to Nanjing, China. This new year-round service will operate three times weekly to Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG).
“We want to thank our long-standing partner, China Eastern, for choosing YVR to introduce this new connection between Vancouver and Nanjing, a renowned Chinese historical epicenter and a key economic hub,” said Craig Richmond, YVR’s President & CEO. “This is another exciting first for YVR—offering passengers the only non-stop access to Nanjing in all of Canada.”
China Eastern Airlines has been operating at YVR for the past 12 years after launching daily service to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) in 2004. In 2015, they added new direct service to Kunming—one of China’s key connecting hubs as a tag onwards from Shanghai. The new service will fly non-stop to Nanjing and then carry on to Kunming. This new offering will further connect YVR’s passengers with China Eastern’s network, which includes 128 connections in China.
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