Published on : Friday, February 14, 2014
Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau is no longer the third busiest airport in Canada as Calgary International Airport has taken its place. With 14.3 million passengers travelling through YYC in 2013 which is an increase of 4.9 per cent from 2012, Calgary International Airport has definitely set an all time record.
Montreal’s international airport hosted 14.09 million travellers in 2013. Calgary was always close to Montreal, in 2012 it came as close as 13.6 million passengers compared to the 13.8 million of Montreal.
The figures are very promising said the Calgary Airport Authority spokesperson Jody Moseley. The focus is on growth and not just on airport statistics. Moseley felt that the figures show how pleased the passenger is and that naturally is reflecting on the business.
The figures were welcomed by Calgary Economic Development CEO Bruce Graham, who said the fact that YYC has become the third-busiest airport in Canada is indicative of “an economic shift to the West.”
What’s really remarkable, when we’re comparing Calgary and Montreal, is Montreal as an economic region has nearly three times the population base of Calgary, Graham said. But clearly, the economic activity here in Calgary, the vibrancy of the city, and the fact we’ve got an airport that is an important hub for international travel as well as other western Canadian markets is reflected in these numbers.
Beyond passenger growth, the past year saw a number of significant developments at the Calgary airport. West Jet and Air Canada both increased their service offerings out of YYC, as did KLM and British Airways.
The Calgary Airport Authority also continues to push ahead with the most ambitious expansion project in its history, the construction of a new runway and international terminal.
When the $2-billion expansion is complete, YYC will have double the amount of terminal space, 22 new aircraft gates, and the longest runway in Canada capable of landing the largest aircraft in the world with fewer payload restrictions.
The new runway is set to open in June of this year, while the international terminal has a scheduled opening date of October 2015.
Air Canada’s Calgary-Tokyo service remains YYC’s only direct connection to Asia, but the airline has stated it is also exploring the possibility of a Calgary-Beijing flight. The airport authority continues to meet the growing demand of the business tourists in Asia and talk to airlines in an effort to attract new services, particularly flights.