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Calgary, AB - Passenger numbers were once again on the rise, with 12.8 million passengers travelling through YYC in 2011. YYC continues to be a hub of activity, welcoming new non-stop services and more frequencies to the already extensive list of destinations offered at Calgary International Airport. The Airport Development Program also kicked into full gear with construction of the new runway and international/transborder terminal beginning in April 2011.
“We had a very busy year. YYC broke ground on the two largest expansion projects in the airport’s history, while continuing to renovate and redesign our current building to improve shops, services, security check points and customs facilities, all in response to better serve our passengers and improve their experience at Calgary International Airport,” said Garth Atkinson, President & CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “Despite some challenging global economic factors, our airport community still welcomed new destinations and more service to our current destinations. I’m excited about all the changes I’m seeing and the changes our passengers are going to see in the future with the completion of our new runway and terminal.”
YYC welcomed new routes to our growing passenger network, such as Orange County, California and Hutulco, Mexico and saw more flights to many US, Canada and sun destinations. Travellers now have more airlines and destinations to choose from when flying through YYC.
The choices for retail and food services at YYC also grew in 2011. There are now more than 135 stores and concessions open, including a North American first, with the opening of Bubbles Wine and Tapas Bar. Travellers can now enjoy more places to eat and shop at Calgary International Airport.
The $2 billion Airport Development Program is on schedule and on budget and includes two major projects, the Runway Development Project and the International Facilities Project. The Program will provide much needed airport capacity, vital to our airport partners’ growth and development, and will solidify YYC’s position as an important economic generator for the city, region, and province. Construction of both projects will ensure YYC’s airfield and terminal building meet the current needs and long-term plans of the YYC businesses and airlines.
Watch for more exciting updates and announcements throughout 2012!