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Victoria Airport Is One Of Worlds Top 10 Most Loved

posted on Nov 19

Victoria International Airport has placed eighth in a CNNGo poll ranking the 10 most loved airports in the world.

Votes were cast on Facebook for favourites. Victoria is tucked between seventh place Zurich Airport in Switzerland and Montevideo Carrasco in Uruguay. First place went to Hong Kong International airport.

No other Canadian airports made the top 10.

Victoria's airport is illustrated on CNNGo (http://www.cnngo.com) with a photo of greenery inside the light-filled building. The cute caption reads "Canada, we get it, you're good at nature."

In 2009, the CNNGo website was launched, spotlighting a group of major international cities. It has more than 113,548 "likes" on Facebook. It is part of CNN International.

CNNGo practically gushed about Victoria, saying, "Canada's favorite little regional airport has earned its stripes on a reputation for ease, efficiency and friendliness, along with some value added quirks that no other airport in the world would ever bother to think about.

"Like, for example, hosting a special 'chocolatier' exhibit or unveiling a 2.5-kilometer bike path around the perimeter."

Every year, the Victoria airport handles more than one million passengers, the site said. It actually had 1.5 million in 2010.

"That's a lot for a terminal with nine little gates, three luggage carousels and a cozy glassy atrium. But it doesn't feel like it. 'I was out within 10 minutes of the plane touching down,' says one recent passenger."

CNNGo said the airport is "about 20 minutes from mercilessly pleasant downtown Victoria and a picturesque ferry ride from mainland British Columbia. "Bottom line: this is the way everyone envisions entering Canada, and almost never does."

The most-loved airport list follows CNNGo's release of its 10 most-hated airports list, again subjective.

But who knows? Maybe the airport's popularity will help shake money from senior government for its desired 444metre runway extension to allow for larger planes and direct flights to Europe.

The extension is pegged at $32 million. Airport officials say it would bring 40,000 new international visitors a year to the region and generate up to $20 million in direct spending for the local economy.