The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is the bestserved airport per capita in Canada, with 200 flights per day to 78 non-stop destinations, and it also has more warehouse space than any other airport in the nation.
Its economic impact is far-reaching and growing, with the number of nonstop flights doubling in less than a decade as the airport serves about 40,000 passengers a day.
The airport is focused on making a significant contribution to the economic health and well-being of the city, connecting Calgary to people and prosperity, says Stephan Poirier, senior vice-president and chief commercial officer of The Calgary Airport Authority.
“On a yearly basis, the Calgary International Airport provides more than $8.2 billion in added value to the GDP and is responsible for 48,000 direct and indirect jobs, including 24,000 jobs on airport land,” says Poirier.
Growth has been strategic and ambitious as YYC has more than doubled in size and passenger volume over the past two decades.
In 2013, the airport set a record by welcoming 14.3 million passengers, and the outlook for 2014 indicates another record year.
“We haven’t just focused on passenger growth, but on cargo as well, becoming a conduit between buyers and sellers around the globe,” says Poirier.
“We serve as a gateway for industry, allowing Calgary businesses to compete globally. Over the last 15 years, we went from 300,000 square feet of warehouse space to three million square feet on airport land.”
The more than $2 billion Airport Development Program (ADP) at YYC will ensure the airport meets the needs of its growing passenger and cargo volumes.
Key relationships with airlines and partners such as Travel Alberta and Calgary Economic Development have also helped ensure the airport’s strategic plans benefit everyone.
“We take our role seriously, and we’re really proud of what we have been able to accomplish,” says Poirier