Two years ago I wrote about our award-winning airport, recognized as one of the best in the world and the best on the continent. As a frequent traveller, I outlined some of the reasons why I love Vancouver International (“YVR”) so much and my list included its size and layout, its beautiful public art collections, its accessibility, and amenities like free Wi-Fi.
Another reason to love YVR airport is actually its social media management, which I also profile in 2013. The communications team is still going strong, providing updates for travellers, but also teaching me a few things about local history.
This morning I posted about Burkeville, a community on Sea Island that was established in 1943 as a part of the Dominion Government’s Wartime Housing Plan. The federal government built 328 cottages for employees of Boeing, naming the development after Boeing’s president at the time, Stanley Burke.
Shortly after I posted this #ThrowbackThursday history piece on Twitter, @YVRAirport replied with even more knowledge about Burkeville:
“@Miss604 Fun Fact: Other names considered – Priorityville, Toyler’s Town, Fog Gultch, Essential Square, Aero and Victory. Fog Gultch!”
To which the Simpsons fan in me replied:
“@yvrairport Love it. They all sound like places that got the monorail before Springfield on the #Simpsons”
Within minutes they posted this image, dropped the mic, and – as the kids say – won the internet for the day:
So, thank you @YVRAirport for not only giving us global bragging rights as being the best departure or arrival point in our fair region, but for also having a wonderful sense of humour.