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YVR named best airport in the world

Vancouver International Airport has been awarded the 'best airport in the world' designation by the CAPA Centre for Aviation.

Vancouver is the first North American airport to receive the award.

A plane touches down at YVR, recently named 'best airport in the world'. (YVR)

Vancouver's airport might not be everyone's favourite place to hang out, but in 2016 it has been named the world's best airport by the CAPA Centre for Aviation.

CAPA gives the award to the airport that is considered the biggest standout strategically and the one that has advanced the progress of aviation internationally. 

YVR's famous First Nations art welcomes travellers with a taste of B.C. culture. (Ben Nelms/YVR)

Passenger traffic increased by five per cent in 2015 with 20.3 million travelers moving through YVR.

In 2016, the airport expects visits to increase up to 23 million.

YVR has reduced greenhouse gases by 32 per cent per passenger over the last 10 years. (@yvrairport/Twitter)

CAPA has recognized the airport for its "unique governance structure with a community-based, not-for-profit airport authority that reinvests all profits back into airport operations and development."

Singapore's Changi airport has won the award four times, in 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Hong Kong International airport won in 2007. Winners are chosen for their role in advancing the aviation industry. (Hong Kong International Airport)
Amsterdam's Schiphol airport won the award in 2012. (Schiphol Airport)