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Vancouver International named North America's best airport by Skytrax

The Jade Canoe by Bill Reid, the sculpture that welcomes departing travellers to YVR
The Jade Canoe by Bill Reid, the sculpture that welcomes departing travellers to YVR's international terminal in Vancouver.
— image credit: Wikimedia Commons (author Tony Hisgett)

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has been named the best airport in North America.

The port took the honour for the fifth year in a row, awarded by Skytrax in Barcelona at the World Airport Awards on Wednesday. Also known as the Passengers' Choice Awards, Skytrax's list is based on travellers' surveys.

YVR finished ninth overall in the world, with Singapore's Changi Airport and Seoul's Incheon International coming in first and second, respectively.

"To earn a fifth consecutive ranking as the top airport in North America as voted by passengers all over the world is truly a remarkable feat," said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.

"This award is about more than just YVR's iconic art and architecture; it encompasses our superior customer care and efficient processes, our shopping and dining options and more. Ultimately, this award is a powerful testament to the commitment of the YVR community – 24,000 strong – to go beyond, every day."

Vancouver's airport was also named the best in the world in the 10-20 million passenger range. It failed to place in the top 10 terminals, worldwide.

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport won the award for North America's best hotel, as well (VanCity Buzz).

Here's the full list of Skytrax's airport awards:

1. Singapore Changi Airport (Singapore, Singapore)

2. Incheon International Airport (Seoul, South Korea)

3. Munich Airport (Munich, Germany)

4. Hong Kong International Airport (Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

5. Amsterdam Schipol Airport (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

6. Tokyo International Airport Haneda (Tokyo, Japan)

7. Beijing Capital International Airport (Beijing, China)

8. Zurich Airport (Zurich, Switzerland)

9. Vancouver International Airport (Vancouver, B.C.)

10. London Heathrow (London, United Kingdom)

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