Premier Clark welcomes more flights to China to boost BC economy

Premier Christy Clark has welcomed increased passenger air service between Vancouver and Shanghai, China as China Eastern Airlines doubles its flights from once a day to twice daily.

Premier Clark was joined by Vancouver Airport Authority president and CEO Craig Richmond, China Eastern General Manager Margaret Meng, Minister of International Trade, Asia-Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism and MLA for Richmond Centre Teresa Wat and Member of Parliament for Richmond Alice Wong.

“China Eastern’s expansion of air services is another sign of increasing travel and trade between B.C. and China,” said Premier Clark. “Expanding air services are another way we can leverage B.C.’s competitive advantages to increase trade, create jobs, and support communities.”

This increased service further strengthens Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and will afford Canadians living in British Columbia and nationally more choices for international travel to China. The additional flights, along with Canada’s Approved Destination Status from China, will contribute to the national economy and create more opportunities for the Chinese to visit Canada.

“The doubling of flights is another sign of the importance of travel, tourism, trade and cultural connections between B.C. and Asia,” said Wat. “The expanded air service means more jobs for B.C. families, not only at YVR and Richmond, but also throughout the province as new business opportunities are created.”