Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

Coordinates: 49°54′36″N 097°14′24″W / 49.91000°N 97.24000°W / 49.91000; -97.24000
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Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

Aéroport international James Armstrong Richardson de Winnipeg
Airport typePublic
OwnerTransport Canada[1]
OperatorWinnipeg Airports Authority (DND)
ServesWinnipeg Metropolitan Region
Hub for
Focus city forWestJet
Operating base forFlair Airlines
Time zoneCST (UTC−06:00)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC−05:00)
Elevation AMSL784 ft / 239 m
Coordinates49°54′36″N 097°14′24″W / 49.91000°N 97.24000°W / 49.91000; -97.24000
Public transit accessBus interchange Winnipeg Transit  15   20
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 8,841 2,695 Asphalt
18/36 11,000 3,353 Asphalt
Statistics (2022/23)
Aircraft movements102,212
Number of passengers4,094,793
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[2]
Environment Canada[3]
Movements from Statistics Canada[4]
Passenger statistics from Winnipeg Airports Authority[5]

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (commonly known as Winnipeg International Airport or Winnipeg Airport) (IATA: YWG, ICAO: CYWG) is an international airport located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is the seventh busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic, serving 3,031,113 passengers in 2022,[5] and the 11th busiest airport in Canada by aircraft movements.[4] Winnipeg International Airport is a hub for Calm Air, Perimeter Airlines, and cargo airline Cargojet, also serving as a focus city for WestJet and an operating base for Flair Airlines. The airport is co-located with Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, covering a total land area of 1,370 hectares (3,385 acres).[6]

An important transportation hub within the province of Manitoba, Winnipeg International Airport serves as the primary airport for a large geographical area that includes parts of neighbouring Northwestern Ontario and Nunavut.[7] The airport is operated by Winnipeg Airports Authority as part of Transport Canada's National Airports System[8] and is one of eight Canadian airports that has U.S. border pre-clearance facilities.

Daily non-stop flights operate from Winnipeg International Airport to destinations across Canada as well as to the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The airport also serves numerous small remote communities in Northern Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, and Nunavut through regularly scheduled flights.[9]


The airport opened in 1928 as Stevenson Aerodrome in honour of the noted Manitoba aviator and pioneer bush pilot, Captain Fred J. Stevenson.[10] Stevenson Aerodrome, also known as Stevenson Field, was Canada's first international airport with Northwest Airways (which became Northwest Airlines) inaugurating a passenger and mail service between Winnipeg and Pembina, North Dakota on February 2, 1931.[10]

By 1935, Northwest Airlines was operating daily service from the airport with Hamilton H-47 prop aircraft on a routing of Winnipeg – Pembina, ND – Grand ForksFargoMinneapolis/St. Paul, MNMilwaukee, WIChicago, IL.[11]

The City of Winnipeg and the Rural Municipality of St. James agreed to develop Stevenson Field as a modern municipal airport in 1936.[12] In 1938 the Manitoba Legislative Assembly passed the St. James–Winnipeg Airport Commission Act creating a commission of the same name with full control over the operation of the airport.[12] In 1940, during the Second World War, the Government of Canada placed the airport under the direction of the Minister of Transport and the Royal Canadian Air Force where it remained until 1997.[12]

Also in 1940, Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) was operating daily round trip transcontinental service across Canada via the airport with a routing of MontrealOttawaNorth BayKapuskasing – Wagaming – WinnipegReginaLethbridgeVancouver flown with Lockheed Model 10 Electra twin prop aircraft with connecting service to and from Toronto being offered via North Bay.[13]


In 1962, Stevenson Field was officially renamed Winnipeg International Airport, followed in 1997 by the airport's transfer to the control of the Winnipeg Airports Authority.[12]

The original main terminal building was built in 1964, and was designed by the architectural firm of Green Blankstein Russell and Associates (subsequently GBR Associates and Stantec Limited). It was expanded and renovated in 1984 by the architectural firm of IKOY, and a hotel was built across from the terminal in 1998. The original main terminal building was closed on Sunday October 30, 2011 and has since been demolished.

Interior of the old terminal prior to its closure

Winnipeg Airport was briefly served by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) during the mid-1950s on the world's first regular Polar route, which linked Copenhagen and Los Angeles with Douglas DC-6B propliner flights via Søndre Strømfjord, Greenland and Winnipeg.[14][15]

Two passenger airlines operating jet aircraft were previously based at the Winnipeg International Airport: Transair (Canada) and Greyhound Air (both now-defunct).[16][17] Transair and Greyhound Air operated scheduled flights across Manitoba, Ontario, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon from its Winnipeg hub in addition to operating charter services from the airport to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, and Hawaii among other destinations in the U.S.[18]

Six airlines were serving the airport with scheduled passenger flights during the 1970s and 1980s. Air Canada, CP Air, the original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986), Midwest Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and locally based Transair (Canada)[19] operated scheduled flights from Winnipeg to destinations including London–Heathrow, Amsterdam, Glasgow, New York–JFK, San Francisco, Honolulu, Denver, Las Vegas, Chicago–O'Hare, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.[20][21] In the early 2000s, CanJet and Jetsgo (both now-defunct) operated nonstop service from Winnipeg to Toronto Pearson International Airport.[22]

On December 10, 2006, the Minister of Transport, Lawrence Cannon, announced Winnipeg International Airport was to be renamed Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in honour of the influential businessman and pioneer of Canadian commercial aviation from Winnipeg.[23]


Main Terminal[edit]

Check-in hall at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport's Main Terminal

Winnipeg's main airport terminal was designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli and Stantec.[24] The terminal's design was inspired by the City of Winnipeg's distinctive landscape and the province of Manitoba's vast prairies and sky.[25] It was the first airport terminal in Canada to be LEED-certified for its environmentally friendly concept, design, construction and operation.[26] The terminal was constructed in two phases, with construction beginning in 2007 and ending on October 30, 2011, when it was officially opened to the public.[27][28] Prior to the opening of the current main terminal building, a multi-level access road and four-level, 1,559 stall parkade were both opened in November 2006. All airlines serving Winnipeg International Airport operate at the main terminal building, with the exception of Perimeter Aviation.

Airside of the Main Terminal

Air Canada operates a Maple Leaf Lounge located in the domestic/international departures area,[29] and a "pay-in" lounge, operated by Plaza Premium Lounge, is also located in the domestic/international departures area.[30] Free Wi-Fi is provided by the Winnipeg Airports Authority throughout the entire main terminal building.[31]

The airport offers United States border preclearance facilities.

Perimeter Terminal[edit]

Perimeter Aviation is a regional airline that operates its own small, exclusive terminal building at Winnipeg International Airport to facilitate its passenger, cargo and charter services. Perimeter Aviation does not use the main terminal building due to its varied operations to small remote communities throughout Northern Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario using small propeller aircraft, with which regular airport terminal services (jet bridge, catering, etc.) are unnecessary and can actually be a hindrance to day-to-day operations.

The Perimeter Aviation terminal building is located 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi) south of the main terminal building.

Other facilities[edit]

A large Canada Post mail processing facility was opened at the airport site on June 4, 2010.[32] The 23,225-square-metre (249,990 sq ft) facility is located east of the main terminal building, just north of Wellington Avenue. It is responsible for processing all mail and parcels for Manitoba, and some parts of Ontario and Northern Canada.

Three hotels are located on site, adjacent to the main airport terminal.

CentrePort Canada[edit]

Richardson International Airport is included in a new 20,000-acre (8,100 ha) dry port created by provincial legislation—CentrePort Canada Act, C.C.S.M. c. C44—that will offer investment opportunities for distribution centres, warehousing and manufacturing.[33] CentrePort Canada will allow companies to take advantage of the cargo capabilities of Richardson International Airport, as well as serviced land, a mid-continent location and highway and rail transport.

On April 14, 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper with Premier Gary Doer announced at James Richardson that both the Federal and Provincial governments will contribute CA$212.5 million towards a divided four-lane expressway called CentrePort Canada Way. It is now complete, and links Inkster Boulevard to the Perimeter Highway on the north side of the CP Rail Glenboro subdivision parallel to Saskatchewan Avenue to attract new transportation logistics associated development to the city area west and Rosser Municipality northwest of the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Arrivals area of the Main Terminal


Domestic/international departure gate area in the Main Terminal
USA departure gates in the Main Terminal
Air Canada Embraer E190 at the gate
Air Canada Calgary, Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Cancún
Air Canada Express Seasonal: Ottawa [34]
Bearskin Airlines Red Lake, Sioux Lookout [35]
Calm Air Churchill, Flin Flon, Gillam, Rankin Inlet, Sanikiluaq, The Pas, Thompson [36]
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul [37]
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul [37]
Flair Airlines Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary, Cancún, Edmonton, Kitchener/Waterloo, Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Vancouver
Perimeter Aviation Cross Lake, Deer Lake, Garden Hill, Gods Lake Narrows, Gods River, Lac Brochet, North Spirit Lake, Norway House, Oxford House, Pikangikum, Red Sucker Lake, Sachigo Lake, St. Theresa Point, Sandy Lake, Shamattawa, Sioux Lookout, Thompson, York Landing [39]
Porter Airlines Ottawa (begins May 16, 2024),[40] Toronto–Pearson [41]
Sunwing AirlinesSeasonal: Cancún, Cayo Coco, Mazatlán, Orlando, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, San José del Cabo, Varadero [42]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver (both resume May 23, 2024) [43]
WestJet Atlanta, Calgary, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Cancún, Halifax, Huatulco, Kelowna, Montego Bay, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Puerto Vallarta, Victoria
WestJet Encore Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay [44]


Cargojet Airways Calgary, Cincinnati, Edmonton, Hamilton, Iqaluit, Montréal–Mirabel, Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Vancouver
DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Milwaukee
FedEx Express Calgary, Edmonton, Indianapolis, Memphis, Thunder Bay, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
FedEx Feeder Fargo[45]
SkyLink ExpressRegina, Saskatoon
UPS Airlines Fargo, Louisville, Minneapolis/St. Paul


Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at YWG airport. See Wikidata query.
Annual passenger traffic[46]
Year Passengers % change
2010 3,369,974 Steady
2011 3,389,237 Increase 0.6%
2012 3,538,175 Increase 4.4%
2013 3,484,252 Decrease -1.5%
2014 3,669,797 Increase 5.3%
2015 3,778,035 Increase 2.9%
2016 4,015,200 Increase 6.9%
2017 4,305,744 Increase 7.2%
2018 4,484,343 Increase 4.5%
2019 4,484,249 Decrease 0.0%
2020 1,299,225 Decrease 71.1%
2021 1,223,054 Decrease 5.9%
2022 3,031,113 Increase 147.8%
2023 4,094,793 Increase 35.1%

Ground transportation[edit]


Winnipeg International Airport is located at 2000 Wellington Avenue in the City of Winnipeg. Several short and long term parkades are located on site, as well as a curb-side valet parking service.


Winnipeg Transit operates two bus routes that service the airport. A charging port has been added in October 2014 for Winnipeg transit's electric bus program. Greyhound Canada intercity buses used a station at the airport from 2009 to 2018, when service to Western Canada ended. The Brandon Air Shuttle provides shuttle transportation between Winnipeg International Airport and Manitoba's second largest city, Brandon.

Accidents and incidents at or near YWG[edit]

See also[edit]


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