Calgary International Airport Continues To Break Passenger Records

Posted by Alan Zunec on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 3:32pm.

The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is setting records. In 2012 13.6 million people travelled through the facility. That is a six percent increase over numbers in 2012. What’s more, during the last nine years, eight saw a yearly increase. The exception was 2009 at the height of the recession. Calgary International Airport is already the fourth busiest airport in Canada, generating some $6 billion per year in revenue.

Jody Moseley, speaking for the Calgary Airport Authority, also noted that cargo handling also saw an increase of five percent in 2012, with 117,000 tonnes being processed. Since an improvement in economy usually means an increase in shipments, Calgary’s economy is in great shape.

Passengers using Calgary International Airport now have more flights to choose from, with more expected to be added over the next couple of years. WestJet now flies into Manzanillo and Chicago, offering service to two locations much in demand. KLM increased its flight frequency to and from Amsterdam. Air Canada upped the number of flights it offers from Calgary to Tokyo. During the summer the route is served five days a week, in the winter three. So far that Tokyo service, initiated in 2009, is the only Asian destination Calgary serves. The airport, and Alberta, is interested in expanding their presence in that part of the world.

All of these records are being broken despite the major construction projects currently underway. A new international terminal and runway are going in at a cost of $2 billion. The runway is expected to be up and running by 2014 and the terminal open by 2015.

Bruce Graham, president and CEO of Calgary Economic Development noted that the ever increasing passenger count proves the expansion is necessary. International destinations are becoming increasingly important to the business community in the city, so the terminal is again welcome in that respect. If Calgary is setting itself up to be a major headquarters that attracts international clientele and businesses, then a state of the art airport is critical.

With an eye to the future the Calgary Airport Authority put out feelers to different restaurants and retailers to see if any were interested in setting up in the new terminal. The requests went out in 2012 and submissions are already under review. The authority will release more info later in 2013.

The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is setting records. In 2012 13.6 million people travelled through the facility. That is a six percent increase over numbers in 2012. What’s more, during the last nine years, eight saw a yearly increase. The exception was 2009 at the height of the recession. Calgary International Airport is already the fourth busiest airport in Canada, generating some $6 billion per year in revenue. 


Jody Moseley, speaking for the Calgary Airport Authority, also noted that cargo handling also saw an increase of five percent in 2012, with 117,000 tonnes being processed. Since an improvement in economy usually means an increase in shipments, Calgary’s economy is in great shape. 


Passengers using Calgary International Airport now have more flights to choose from, with more expected to be added over the next couple of years. WestJet now flies into Manzanillo and Chicago, offering service to two locations much in demand. KLM increased its flight frequency to and from Amsterdam. Air Canada upped the number of flights it offers from Calgary to Tokyo. During the summer the route is served five days a week, in the winter three. So far that Tokyo service, initiated in 2009, is the only Asian destination Calgary serves. The airport, and Alberta, is interested in expanding their presence in that part of the world. 


All of these records are being broken despite the major construction projects currently underway. A new international terminal and runway are going in at a cost of $2 billion. The runway is expected to be up and running by 2014 and the terminal open by 2015. 


Bruce Graham, president and CEO of Calgary Economic Development noted that the ever increasing passenger count proves the expansion is necessary. International destinations are becoming increasingly important to the business community in the city, so the terminal is again welcome in that respect. If Calgary is setting itself up to be a major headquarters that attracts international clientele and businesses, then a state of the art airport is critical. 


With an eye to the future the Calgary Airport Authority put out feelers to different restaurants and retailers to see if any were interested in setting up in the new terminal. The requests went out in 2012 and submissions are already under review. The authority will release more info later in 2013. 

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