The Victoria International Airport

The Victoria International Airport

Victoria airport No. 8 on world favourites list

Travel site likes surroundings, efficiency of Victoria International

Vancouver Island has already been rated among the top islands in the world.

Now it’s the Victoria International Airport’s turn to enjoy a moment in the spotlight.

The regional facility was named by website CNNGo.com as one of the 10 most-loved airports in the world. Coming in at No. 8, it joined such transportation hubs as top votegetter Hong Kong International, Seoul Incheon (No. 3) in South Korea and Tampa International (No. 6) on the list.

“It really goes to show you that bigger isn’t necessarily better,” said airport CEO Geoff Dickson.

“We were pleasantly surprised. It’s a real testament to everyone involved in the airport — carriers commissionaires, security — everyone involved.”

According to CNNGo.com, “Canada’s favourite 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-kilometre bike path around the perimeter.”

Dickson found out about the placement on his Blackberry last Friday, and by the end of the weekend, the news had spread around the terminal building.

“The staff are absolutely thrilled,” he said. “You could just see the pride in people coming into the office Monday.”

A related Facebook poll asked readers to list their favourite airport.

As of Wednesday, Victoria had received 11 votes, a modest total, but two better than Vancouver International Airport.

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