Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

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Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Aéroport international James Armstrong Richardson de Winnipeg
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (logo).svg
Winnipeg International Airport arrivals hall.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada[1]
Operator Winnipeg Airports Authority (DND)
Serves Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hub for
Time zone CST (UTC−06:00)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−05:00)
Elevation AMSL 783 ft / 239 m
Coordinates 49°54′36″N 097°14′24″W / 49.91000°N 97.24000°W / 49.91000; -97.24000Coordinates: 49°54′36″N 097°14′24″W / 49.91000°N 97.24000°W / 49.91000; -97.24000
CYWG is located in Manitoba
Location in Manitoba
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 8,701 2,652 Asphalt
18/36 11,000 3,353 Asphalt
Statistics (2014/2016)
Aircraft movements (2014) 123,778
Number of Passengers (2016) 4,015,200
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 simply Winnipeg Airport) (IATA: YWGICAO: CYWG) is an international airport located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is the seventh busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic, serving 4,015,200 passengers in 2016,[5] and the 11th busiest airport by aircraft movements.[4] It is a hub for passenger airlines Calm Air, Perimeter Airlines, Flair Airlines, and cargo airline Cargojet. It is also a focus city for WestJet. The airport is co-located with Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg.

An important transportation hub for the province of Manitoba, Winnipeg International Airport is the only commercial international airport within the province as the other airports of entry serve domestic flights and general aviation only.[2] The airport is operated by the Winnipeg Airport Authority as part of Transport Canada's National Airports System[6] and is one of eight Canadian airports that has US Border Pre-clearance facilities.

Winnipeg's relatively isolated geographical location in relation to other major population centres[7] makes Winnipeg International Airport the primary airport for a very large area. As such, it is used as a gateway to the entire Province of Manitoba and large parts of neighbouring Provinces and Territories.[8] Daily non-stop flights are operated from Winnipeg International Airport to destinations across Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, along with summer seasonal flights to the United Kingdom. In addition, regularly scheduled flights to numerous small remote communities in the northern regions of Canada, specifically Northern Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, and Nunavut, are also served from the airport.[9]


The airport opened in 1928 as Stevenson Aerodrome in honour of the noted Manitoba aviator and pioneer bush pilot, Captain Fred J. Stevenson. Stevenson Aerodrome, also known as Stevenson Field, was Canada's first international airport.[citation needed] In 1958, at the request of the Canadian Department of Transport, Stevenson Field was officially renamed Winnipeg International Airport.

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.

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.[10]


Main Terminal[edit]

Winnipeg's main airport terminal was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Stantec.[11] The terminal's design was inspired by the City of Winnipeg's distinctive landscape and the province of Manitoba's vast prairies and sky.[12] It was the first airport terminal in Canada to be LEED-certified for its environmentally friendly concept, design, construction and operation.[13] 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.[14][15] 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.

Air Canada operates a Maple Leaf Lounge located in the domestic/international departures area,[16] and a "pay-in" lounge, operated by Plaza Premium Lounge, is also located in the domestic/international departures area.[17] Free WiFi is provided by the Winnipeg Airports Authority throughout the entire main terminal building.[18]

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 km 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.[19] The 23,225 square meter facility is located east of the main terminal building, just north of Wellington Avenue.

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

Richardson International Airport is included in a new 20,000-acre (81 km2) 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.[20] 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 $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]


Airline check-in counters at Winnipeg International Airport
Domestic/International departure gate area in the Main Terminal
USA departure gates in the Main Terminal
Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Cancún, Montego Bay
Air Canada Express Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Vancouver
Air Transat Seasonal: Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Santa Clara, Varadero
Bearskin Airlines Red Lake
Calm Air Flin Flon, Gillam, Sanikiluaq, The Pas, Thompson
Calm Air
operated by First Air
Churchill, Rankin Inlet
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul
Flair Airlines Abbotsford, Edmonton, Hamilton (ON)
Perimeter Aviation Berens River, Cross Lake, Deer Lake, Garden Hill, Gods Lake Narrows, Gods River, North Spirit Lake, Norway House, Oxford House, Pikangikum, Red Sucker Lake, St. Theresa Point, Shamattawa, Sandy Lake
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Cancún, Cayo Coco, Holguin, Huatulco, Ixtapa–Zihuatanejo, Mazatlán, Montego Bay, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, San José del Cabo, Santa Clara, Varadero
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver
Wasaya Airways Pikangikum, Sandy Lake, Sioux Lookout
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton (ON), Las Vegas, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Abbotsford, Cancún, Halifax, Kelowna, London–Gatwick, London (ON), Montego Bay, Montréal–Trudeau, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Puerto Vallarta
WestJet Encore Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay


Airlines Destinations
Cargojet Airways Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Iqaluit, Montréal–Mirabel, Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Vancouver
Castle Aviation Sioux Falls
FedEx Express Memphis
FedEx Express
operated by Morningstar Air Express
Calgary, Edmonton, Thunder Bay, Toronto–Pearson
KF Cargo Calgary, Vancouver
SkyLink Express Regina, Saskatoon
Suburban Air Freight Minneapolis/St. Paul
UPS Airlines Louisville International Airport, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha

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. The Winnipeg Bus Terminal is an intercity bus and cargo terminal for Greyhound and other intercity bus lines. It is located beside the main terminal building. The Brandon Air Shuttle provides shuttle transportation between Winnipeg International Airport and Manitoba's second largest city, Brandon.



  1. ^ "Airport Divestiture Status Report." Transport Canada. Retrieved: April 1, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 27 April 2017 to 0901Z 22 June 2017
  3. ^ "Synoptic/Metstat Station Information." Retrieved: April 1, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Total aircraft movements by class of operation – NAV CANADA towers." Stats Canada. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson Passenger Statistics." Winnipeg Airports Authority. Retrieved: May 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "National Airports Policy." Transport Canada. Retrieved: April 1, 2012.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Schlesinger, Joel. "Port on the Prairies: Supply-chain economics key to becoming international trade hub." Winnipeg Free Press, May 17, 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  9. ^ "Airlines" Winnipeg Airports Authorities. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  10. ^ "Canada's New Government Renames Winnipeg International Airport in Honour of James Armstrong Richardson." Winnipeg Airport Authorities, Press release. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  11. ^ "Daily Commercial News - Canada’s first LEED certified airport terminal opens in Winnipeg". Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects' Airport Terminal Opens in Winnipeg". Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Winnipeg airport terminal listed among world's iconic". April 3, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Winnipeg's new airport terminal opens." CBC News, October 30, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  15. ^ Carl, Julie. "Airport sneak peek delights." Winnipeg Free Press, October 9, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  16. ^ "Lounge Locations - Maple Leaf Lounges - Air Canada". Air Canada. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Discover a Plaza Premium Lounge - Global Airport Service Locations - Plaza Premium Lounge". Plaza Premium Lounge Management Ltd. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Wi-Fi Services Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport". Winnipeg Airports Authority. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Canada Post announces new state-of-the-art plant to be built at the airport." Winnipeg Airports Authority. Retrieved: April 1, 2012.
  20. ^ "Centreport Canada, Winnipeg Inland Port, Manitoba, Trade - Centreport Canada". Retrieved August 10, 2015. 


  • Canada's Airports: Reinvention & Success. Ottawa-Macdonald-Cartier: Insight Media commissioned by the Canadian Airports Council (CAC), 2005.

External links[edit]

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