RICHMOND, B.C. — United Parcel Service (UPS) Canada says it will construct a new regional air hub at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
The 125,000-foot facility, to be built on land adjacent to the north runway and slated to open in early 2004, will accommodate UPS’s growth in the region and enhance YVR’s status as a premier gateway airport.
“UPS is strengthening its infrastructure and network around the world, as part of its overall global strategy to offer customers better, faster service,” says UPS Canada president Alan Gershenhorn. The new Vancouver air hub is part of a long-term strategy, ensuring UPS meets the increasing demands of one of Canada’s fastest growing markets.
“Package distribution is also a labor intensive business, more volume equals more jobs,” says Gershenhorn. “This hub could be an engine for growth.”
Built to house more than 400 employees and 100 delivery vehicles, the new facility will bring most of UPS’s Vancouver-area employees together under one roof. The YVR hub will have four acres of air ramp, and will serve B.C. and the region with three jets and various feeder aircraft.
The new YVR hub will be UPS Canada’s second largest facility, after Toronto. UPS will be the first business to develop in the Northlands commercial zone at YVR — approximately 200 acres of land to the north of the north runway — designated for airside commercial and air cargo when the north runway was approved in the early nineties.
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