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Vancouver airport improvement fee rises to $20

The airport improvement fee at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will increase from $15 to $20 in May to help pay for a 10-year, $1.8-billion improvement strategy to position the airport as Canada's gateway to Asia.

The increase, which takes effect on May 1, will apply to passengers travelling outside of B.C., while those traveling to destitnations in B.C. and Yukon will continue to pay $5. 

The Vancouver Airport Authority, the not-for-profit group that runs the airport, said the fee will still be among the lowest in Canada, with most other major airports collecting $25 per passenger, according to a CBC report.

The authority said more airports are fighting for business, and that has put pressure on the YVR Airport to improve its service. 

"You have to compete for that business and so being cost competitive overall is critical,” Airport Authority CEO Larry Berg told press on Wednesday.

The new projects include new high-speed baggage systems, over 700 metres of secure corridors and moving walkways to reduce connection times for passengers and runway safety enhancements.

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