Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has earned yet another global accolade for its performance and interior design as one of the world’s top 10 airports for layovers.
In the past, the typical airport layover experience has been anything but fun, consisting of long hours of waiting around in cramped seats and eating stale food. However, according to Executive Travel Magazine, “a handful of well-managed airports around the world are taking their services and amenities up a serious notch.”
YVR joins San Francisco International Airport as North America’s only top-rated airports for layovers. Passengers traveling into Vancouver frequently comment how the airport provides a sense of place few other airports match.
Earlier this year, Fodor’s Travel Intelligence also named YVR as one of the world’s top airports for layovers. In 2012, Skytrax named YVR as the Best Airport in North America for the third consecutive year and among the top 10 airports in the world.
Here’s how Vancouver International Airport was described in the Executive Travel Magazine ranking:
Bright and airy, the Canadian hub counters the stress of getting from point A to B by thoughtfully channeling the serene surrounding region. Works by native artists such as Bill Reid’s sculpted Jade Canoe and Joe David’s traditional 11-foot-high Clayoquot Welcome Figures bedeck the halls, while tiles in the Graham Clarke Atrium symbolize the rivers of British Columbia.
The Vancouver Aquarium (Domestic Terminal, Level 3) has major exhibits, too: There’s a 30,000-gallon tank teeming with more than 5,000 sea creatures such as sea stars and giant kelp, and another devoted to jellyfish. A special Gateway Valet provides oil changes, car washes and other services to travelers. There’s also the Automated Passport Control—a program the airport is helping Chicago O’Hare implement this month—rounds out the business-friendly amenities.
Tip: Park yourself at the Jetside Bar of the Fairmont hotel, located above the U.S. Departures Terminal, to sip Okanagan Valley wine or a honey-infused lager specially made for the property by the Whistler Brewing Company.
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