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Airport introduces antimicrobial copper in high-touch areas

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:42 PDT, Wed May 11, 2022

Vancouver International Airport has become the first in Canada to install antimicrobial copper in high-touch, high-traffic locations.

The initiative, a partnership with Teck’s Copper & Health program, aims to enhance the cleanliness and sanitization of airport terminals. Copper has unique antimicrobial properties and is proven effective in eliminating up to 99.9 per cent of harmful bacteria within two hours. 

“Teck is a great local company that has a global reach. Them being able to pioneer and demonstrate the value of copper right here at home is, I think, a great partnership,” said the airport’s president and chief executive officer Tamara Vrooman.

Antimicrobial copper is being installed on baggage carts, water fountains, and washroom doors throughout the terminal. The copper acts as an added layer of protection to reduce the spread of bacteria as tens of thousands of passengers move throughout the airport each day.

“We are proud to be a part of this important project, and look forward to expanding the presence of copper in public spaces to support health and safety,” said Teck president and chief executive officer Don Lindsay.

For more information about the role of antimicrobial copper, the Copper & Health program, and other examples of copper in action, visit

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