Calgary International Airport

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Calgary International Airport
YYC logo.svg
IATA: YYCICAO: CYYC
WMO: 71877
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada[1]
Operator Calgary Airport Authority
Serves Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hub for
Time zone MST (UTC−07:00)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL 3,606 ft / 1,099 m
Coordinates 51°07′21″N 114°00′48″W / 51.12250°N 114.01333°W / 51.12250; -114.01333Coordinates: 51°07′21″N 114°00′48″W / 51.12250°N 114.01333°W / 51.12250; -114.01333
Website www.calgaryairport.com
Map
CYYC is located in Calgary
CYYC
CYYC
Location in Calgary
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 6,200 1,890 Asphalt
11/29 8,000 2,438 Asphalt
17R/35L 12,675 3,863 Asphalt
17L/35R 14,000 4,267 Concrete
Statistics
Number of Passengers (2013) 14,316,074
Aircraft movements (2013) 244,913
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[2]
Environment Canada[3]
Movements from Statistics Canada[4]

Calgary International Airport, originally named McCall Field (IATA: YYCICAO: CYYC), is the international airport that serves Calgary, Alberta, Canada and the surrounding region; it is situated approximately 17 km (11 mi) northeast of downtown Calgary. The airport offers scheduled non-stop flights to major cities in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and East Asia.

Calgary International Airport serves as headquarters for WestJet and as a hub airport for Air Canada and Air Canada Express. The airport is one of eight Canadian airports with US Border Preclearance facilities. The airport is operated by The Calgary Airport Authority as part of Transport Canada's National Airports System. It is Canada's third busiest airport by passenger traffic and by aircraft movements, handling 14,316,074 passengers[5] in 2013 and 240,709 movements in 2012.[4] In October 2008, The Calgary Airport Authority was named one of Alberta's Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.[6][7] YYC has both the longest runway and the tallest control tower in Canada.

Terminal[edit]

Inside the terminal

The terminal has three concourses, one of which is subdivided into two wings, one wing to accommodate international flights, and another wing to accommodate international flights to the United States utilizing the airport's US border pre-clearance facilities. Plans for a fifth concourse are also being developed.[8]

The structure was designed by Stevenson, Raines, Barret, Hutton, Seton and Partners and completed in 1977.[9]

Concourse A[edit]

Gates 1 to 24 are located on this concourse. Gates 21 to 24 can also be used for US-bound flights and are shared with Concourse B. Gates 1 to 4 comprise regional operations for WestJet Encore. Gates 12, 14, 16 and 18 can be utilized for international arrivals and departures. There are five security lanes dedicated to Concourse A flights. The A concourse contains the Servisair Calgary Chinook lounge (co-branded as the WestJet Lounge).[10]

Concourse B[edit]

Gates 21 to 40 are swing gates. Gates 21 to 24 will swing between Concourse A and B. On flights originating in Calgary passengers bound for the United States go through US Customs & Border Protection pre-clearance prior to boarding their flights. The flight is then treated on arrival in the U.S. as a domestic flight. Concourse B has six dedicated security lanes after US pre-clearance facilities and is only used for US bound flights. The B concourse contains the Servisair Calgary Rocky Mountain lounge (co-branded as the WestJet Lounge).[10]

Old photo of airport before construction of the new terminal, Concourse C at right, A at left

Gates 31-40 are swing gates between Concourse B and C. Any US bound flight is treated as a "B" Gate, whereas any Canadian-bound/International-bound flight is treated as an "C" Gate. Concourses C and B are connected behind security by a walkway, facilitating connections for Air Canada and Air Canada Express flights. When all Gates in the B/C section are "B" gates, then this walkway is closed due to US Customs & Border Protection pre-clearance for US-bound flights. Air Canada and Air Canada Express flights use the C concourse for domestic arrivals and departures; Air Canada also uses it for international arrivals and departures. During domestic and international operations all passenger utilize Concourse C security lanes.

Concourse C[edit]

Part of Concourse C, usually reserved for prop operations

Comprising gates 50-59, Concourse C is used mostly for domestic outbound flights, although US-bound flights (without US Pre-Clearance) and other international flights sometimes depart from the C-gates. However, as this concourse is not connected to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) hall, only domestic flights arrive into concourse C. Gates C51, 53, 55, and E61-E65 are ground boarding and utilized for most Air Canada Express flights (excluding flights operating on the CRJ 705) and all Central Mountain Air flights. Passengers using gates 61-65 must take a shuttle bus from the main terminal to the aircraft, while Gates 51, 53 and 55 use ramps to the jet bridge which passengers walk to get to and from the aircraft. (Two aircraft can be parked at each gate.) Gates 50, 52, 54, 56-59 are jet-bridged and are used for Air Canada and Air Canada Express flights. The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge is located immediately beyond security on Concourse C. Concourse C has five security lanes that handle all passengers departing from either the C or B Concourses.

New Changes[edit]

The Calgary Airport Authority implemented concourse name and gate number changes on 18 September 2014 in preparation for the opening of the IFP. The current WestJet gates (Concourse A) used to be concourse D, the current transborder concourse used to be B/C, and the current Air Canada gates (Concourse C) used to be concourse A. The IFP will be divided into the D and E gates, D representing international gates and E, US Precleared flights. The new terminal will also house two additional C gates, being designated as C70 and C72. These two C gates will coincide with D and E gates of the same number. A sterile walkway connecting all existing concourses to the new IFP is also under construction and will allow free movement between all concourses when open.[11]

Terminal Connectivity[edit]

Along with the new international terminal, the airport authority has commissioned an inter-concourse transport system that will cut down on connection times between parts of the airport. The new connection processes will allow passengers to connect easily from international, transborder and domestic flights, while remaining post-security and without having to pick up and recheck their bags. The airport authority is also constructing a secure airside corridor to move passengers quickly between the existing concourses and the new International Terminal. In addition to moving walkways, passengers will have access to a new Compact Transit System (CTS), which can carry up to 10 passengers at a time, designated to move passengers quickly and efficiently from each concourse. This CTS will consist of four stations at each of the concourses and a track that runs the length of the airport terminal. The construction of this system will require that the existing terminal be rearranged for the new track to be laid. The CTS cars will be manned with a driver and will run on this track with a frequency of one car every two to three minutes.

International Terminal[edit]

The International Facilities Project (IFP) is the single largest expansion The Calgary Airport Authority has undertaken. The new International Concourse will incorporate sustainable design principles, balancing the need to create additional space, reduce energy consumption and minimize environmental impact. The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2015 and is currently under construction.

The IFP will:

  • More than double the size of the existing terminal building
  • Add 22 new aircraft gates for international and U.S. flights including 2 for the Airbus A380
  • Include co-generation power that will generate electricity and heat, saving 4,900 tonnes of CO2 each year
  • Divert 75 per cent of construction waste from landfill (currently on track)[12][13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Air Canada Cancún, Frankfurt, London–Heathrow, Montréal–Trudeau, Newark, Ottawa, Puerto Vallarta, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver, Varadero
Seasonal: Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Kahului, Phoenix (ends December 16, 2014),[14] San José del Cabo
B, C
Air Canada Express Castlegar, Cranbrook, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Houston–Intercontinental, Kamloops, Kelowna, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Winnipeg, Yellowknife
Seasonal: Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma
B, C
Air Canada Rouge Las Vegas, Los Angeles
Seasonal: Phoenix (begins December 17, 2014)[14]
B
Air North Whitehorse A
Air Transat London–Gatwick
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Cancún, Glasgow–International, Huatulco, Manchester (UK), Manzanillo, Montego Bay, Panama City, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Varadero, Vancouver
A
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Seattle/Tacoma B
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth B
British Airways London–Heathrow A
Central Mountain Air Edmonton, Lloydminster, Prince George, Terrace C
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt A
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul B
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma (begins November 3, 2014) B
KLM Amsterdam A
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, San Francisco
Seasonal: Denver
B
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, San Francisco B
US Airways Phoenix B
US Airways Express Seasonal: Phoenix B
WestJet Abbotsford, Cancún, Comox, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Hamilton (ON), Halifax, Kelowna, Kitchener/Waterloo, Las Vegas, London (ON), Los Angeles, Montréal–Trudeau, Orlando, Ottawa, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, Regina, San Diego, San José del Cabo, Saskatoon, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Loreto (begins February 14, 2015), Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Nassau, New York–JFK,[15] Prince George (ends October 25, 2014), St. John's, San Francisco, Varadero, Windsor
A, B
WestJet
operated by Thomas Cook Airlines
Seasonal: Honolulu, Kahului B
WestJet Encore Brandon, Comox (begins January 15, 2015), Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Fort St. John, Grande Prairie, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Penticton (begins October 26, 2014), Prince George (begins October 26, 2014), Regina, Saskatoon
Seasonal: Vancouver (begins December 20, 2014; ends January 4, 2015), Victoria (one off December 20, 2014)
A

Charter airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Sunwing Airlines Cancún
Seasonal: Freeport, Huatulco, Mazatlan, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, Varadero

Cargo airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Antonov Airlines Kiev-Gostomel
Cargojet Airways Hamilton (ON), Vancouver, Winnipeg
Cargolux Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Seattle
Cathay Pacific Cargo Hong Kong
FedEx Express Anchorage, Great Falls, Memphis
FedEx Feeder
operated by Morningstar Air Express
Edmonton, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Purolator Courier
operated by Kelowna Flightcraft Ltd.
Edmonton, Hamilton (ON), Vancouver, Winnipeg
UPS Airlines Louisville, Sioux Falls
Volga-Dnepr Anchorage

Other operations[edit]

Main airport hall

The following airlines operate out of their own private facilities:

Ground transportation[edit]

Construction of the new runway resulted in April 2011 in the permanent closure of Barlow Trail and McCall Way's connections between Airport Road and McKnight Boulevard to the south; road access to the rest of Calgary now requires motorists to drive north of the airport, away from downtown, on Barlow and access either Deerfoot Trail via Airport Trail or 36 Street or Métis Trail via Country Hills Boulevard. A road tunnel that will facilitate a direct link to Métis Trail via Airport Trail is under construction in concert with the runway development.

At Bus Bay No. 20, Calgary Transit Route No. 100 connects the Arrivals level of the airport to the McKnight-Westwinds C-Train station and No. 430 to the North Pointe Terminal, where passengers can board the bus rapid transit Route No. 301 to downtown. The new Route No. 300[16] provides direct access to and from Downtown Calgary via Deerfoot Trail/Highway 2 and Centre Street North. There is a special fare of $8.50 for users of Route #300 departing the Airport that must be purchased in the terminal at Macs stores and includes subsequent transfers. Also, the Airporter bus links the airport to several downtown hotels. Brewster transportation[17] and Banff Airporter[18] offer scheduled service to the nearby mountain tourist destinations including Banff. Taxis to downtown Calgary cost about $40, taking into account the longer route that must now be travelled because of the closure of Barlow Trail and McCall Way.

Ground handling[edit]

View of downtown Calgary from airport

There are only a few ground handling companies in Calgary but each provides different services to the airlines they serve.

Airport Terminal Services[edit]

Airport Terminal Services (ATS) provides cargo, passenger, and ramp services to select airlines in Calgary. Ramp services are provided to Horizon Air, Delta Air Lines, Compass Airlines, United Express (Skywest), Delta Connection (Skywest), American Airlines, and United Airlines. Cargo handling services are provided to UPS and DB Schenker.

Air Canada[edit]

Air Canada and Air Canada Express operations at the Calgary International Airport.

Servisair[edit]

Servisair provides cargo, lounge, passenger, and ramp services in Calgary. Passenger services are provided to Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, and US Airways. Ramp services are provided to Air North, British Airways, KLM, Sunwing Airlines, the RAF, as well as many ad hoc carriers. Cargo ground handling for Cargolux is also performed. Servisair also operates a business lounge for airlines using the B (USA) and A Concourses.

WestJet Turn Around Crew (TAC)[edit]

WestJet TAC is the sole provider of ground handling services for WestJet at Calgary International Airport.

WingTips Airport Services[edit]

WingTips Airport Services (WingTips) provides passenger services for Air North and KLM.

Cargo facilities[edit]

Apron II is the main cargo facility at the airport which can park up to four Boeing 747s. Apron VII is also used as a cargo facility, primarily for FedEx Express and Purolator Courier. FedEx is among the cargo carriers that use Calgary as a hub at Apron VII. Purolator has a facility in the northwest corner of the field adjacent to Apron VII. Apron VII used to hold just two Boeing 727s but has been able to park an additional three McDonnell Douglas MD-11s for FedEx since November 2004.

As of November 2007, expansion construction are in progress for Apron VII to allow seven parking pads, including three for Purolator and four for FedEx. UPS Airlines has begun construction of a new centre, including an apron directly southeast of FedEx's facility.

General aviation[edit]

General aviation facilities are located on the south side of the field. These facilities include a Shell Aerocenter, an Esso Avitat, a customs building, and more.

Other facilities[edit]

WestJet's head office building at Calgary International Airport

WestJet has its corporate headquarters on the airport property.[19] The company headquarters of Canadian North are at the 580 Palmer Road N.E. building, on the grounds of the airport.[20]

Zip previously had its headquarters in Hangar 101.[21] Canadian Regional Airlines had its headquarters at the airport.[22][23]

Runways[edit]

Current runways

  • Runway 17L/35R is 14,000 ft × 200 ft (4,267 m × 61 m)
  • Runway 17R/35L is 12,675 ft × 200 ft (3,863 m × 61 m)
  • Runway 11/29 is 8,000 ft × 200 ft (2,438 m × 61 m)
  • Runway 08/26 is 6,200 ft × 150 ft (1,890 m × 46 m)

Decommissioned runways

  • Runway 02/20 was 4,350 ft × 150 ft (1,326 m × 46 m)
  • Runway 11/29 was 4,635 ft × 150 ft (1,413 m × 46 m)

A new runway numbered 17L/35R became operational in 2014. It is 14,000 ft × 200 ft (4,267 m × 61 m),[2] which according to the airport's website is the longest runway in Canada. The old record holder was Calgary's own 17R/35L.[24] A tunnel running underneath the new runway connects Airport Trail with 36th St. NE. Barlow Trail closed on 3 April 2011. There are currently plans to connect Airport Trail with Metis Trail and Stoney Trail.[25]

The long runway length can be attributed to the relatively high elevation, previously 3,557 ft (1,084 m) and now 3,606 ft (1,099 m),[2] of the airport and the need to support the largest passenger aircraft types. Aircraft require more distance to take off at higher elevations, because of the reduced air density associated with altitude.

In addition to the current runways in operation the airport has had two runways decommissioned over the years. Runway 02/20 was closed and part of it is still open as taxiway V. Runway 11/29 was decommissioned and ran where Palmer Road is now situated. The remnants of the runways and associated taxi ways are in various states of decay but can still be seen at the airport. 07/25 (now 08/26) served as the main east west runway until 10/28 (now 11/29) was built. The taxiway to 25 was closed when 02/20 was decommissioned meaning aircraft had to backtrack the length of the runway.

Three runways were upgraded: Runway 16/34 (now 17R/35L) was extended from its original length of 6,410 to 12,675 ft (1,954 to 3,863 m) and both 07/25 (now 08/26) and 16/34 (now 17R/35L) were widened from 150 to 200 feet (46 to 61 m) to accommodate wider aircraft.[citation needed]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 7 May 1982, Douglas C-47A C-FQHF of Kenn Borek Air overran the runway following an aborted take-off.[26] The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair.[27]

On 22 Mar 1984, Boeing 737–275 of Pacific Western Airlines with 119 people on board; suffered an uncontained engine failure on the No. 1 engine during takeoff. The debris penetrated and ignited fuel in the left wing. The aircraft was evacuated by slides, and the fire consumed the aircraft.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Airport Divestiture Status Report". Tc.gc.ca. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  3. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  4. ^ a b Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
  5. ^ http://www.yyc.com/en-us/media/factsfigures/passengerstatistics.aspx
  6. ^ "Calgary Herald, "Alberta's top 40 places to work", October 18, 2008". 
  7. ^ "Reasons for Selection, 2009 Alberta's Top Employers competition". 
  8. ^ Calgary Airport Authority (10 May 2004), Calgary International Airport Master Plan 2004, archived from the original on 14 March 2006, retrieved 30 December 2013 
  9. ^ Airport Architecture. The Canadian Encyclopedia (11 September 2001). Retrieved on 26 July 2013.
  10. ^ a b Lounge[dead link]
  11. ^ "Team YYC ATB Renumbering". 
  12. ^ "Calgary International Airport – International Facilities Project | Gateway to the World". Rjc.ca. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  13. ^ Calgary Airport – The International Facilities Project (IFP)
  14. ^ a b newswire.ca – Air Canada rouge Expands to Western Canada
  15. ^ http://westjet2.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=851
  16. ^ Calgary Transit Route Map http://www.calgarytransit.com/route_maps/rte300.html
  17. ^ Brester Travel Canada http://www.explorerockies.com/
  18. ^ Banff Airporter http://banffairporter.com/
  19. ^ "Contact WestJet". WestJet. Retrieved 2 November 2011.  "WestJet Campus 22 Aerial Place N.E. Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2E 3J1"
  20. ^ "Administration" (Archive). Canadian North. Retrieved on 21 March 2014. "Head Office – Calgary 200, 580 Palmer Road N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 7R3 Canada"
  21. ^ "Directory:World airlines." Flight International. 1–7 April 2003. ""Zhejiang Airlines" p. 98. "Hangar 101, 8050 22 Street North East, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 7H6, Canada"
  22. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. p. 60. "8050 22 Street NE. Calgary International Airport, Calgary, T2E 7H6, Alberta, Canada"
  23. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight Global. 74. 21–27 March 2000. Retrieved on 18 June 2009. "8050 22 Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 7H6, Canada"
  24. ^ "The Calgary Airport Authority Announces Plans for Celebrations on Canada's Longest Runway". Calgary Airport Authority. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Airport tunnel approved in narrow vote". CBC. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  26. ^ Flight International, 31 July 1982, p267 Retrieved on 25 July 2010.
  27. ^ "C-FQHF Accident report". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  28. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737–275 C-GQPW Calgary International Airport, AB (YYC)". Aviation Safety Network. 

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