YVR achieves AA credit rating for 12th consecutive year

OCT 2017 YVR Airport ApronCredit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has affirmed an AA long-term issuer credit and senior unsecured debt rating for Vancouver Airport Authority. As one of North America’s most efficient airports and one of the most financially stable in the world, YVR has upheld the S&P AA rating for 12 consecutive years.

“YVR’s success in achieving the AA credit rating year after year serves as a true testament to the success and viability of our unique Canadian airport model that operates as a private, not-for-profit organization,” said Glenn McCoy, senior vice president, strategy and chief financial officer, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Our financial success mirrors the efforts of our incredible team whose passion and innovation continue to make YVR a world-class leading airport.”

YVR’s success is credited to an innovative management team that focuses on providing unique business solutions and competitive fees for business partners.

YVR has a strong focus on developing non-aeronautical revenue which accounted for more than 50 per cent of the Airport Authority’s revenue in 2016. Non-aeronautical sources include sales of YVR’s award-winning BorderExpress kiosks, the world’s leading border processing solution and revenue from the McArthurGlen Vancouver Airport Designer Outlet Centre and Duty Free sales.

YVR’s success is also attributed to the unique governance model that has all profit generated reinvested into airport operations, maintenance and future projects.

Combined with strong non-aeronautical revenue sources, YVR has continued to maintain the lowest Airport Improvement Fees (AIF) in Canada for all major airports and reduced airline rates and charges by 15 per cent to the lowest rates of all major airports in Canada and competing US airports.

YVR remains committed to responsible debt management as it embarks on Flight Plan 2037—the airport’s future Capital Plan, Terminal Plan and Financial Plan. These plans include expanded terminals, new taxiways, a geoexchange (geothermal heat pump) system and upgraded roads and bridges to Sea Island, which will help YVR support the estimated 35-million passengers expected to travel through YVR annually by 2037.

“Creating a world-class sustainable airport requires strong financial health, which is one of the Airport Authority’s fundamental responsibilities as a community-based organization that is committed to providing economic benefits to our province,” said McCoy. “Our sound financial planning is reflected in our consistently high credit rating, which is among the best in the world.”

Full details on YVR’s 2016 Financials are available in YVR’s 2016 Annual & Sustainability Report at yvr.ca.