YYC Navigators

The Calgary Airport Authority and its many partners have developed an airport familiarization program for individuals who would benefit from becoming familiar with airport processes and procedures prior to their actual flight.

Our initial program is tailored to meet these needs for families who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As airport processes are unfamiliar for many, and some families are unsure if they can travel due to sensory and communication challenges, many choose to not travel by air. By giving families affected by ASD the opportunity to become more familiar with airport processes, flying can be a more pleasant and viable option.

The Calgary Airport Authority and its many partners are proud to announce the official launch of YYC Navigators on Saturday, May 28, 2016. This program was created to help individuals with autism, and their families, become familiarized with airport processes and the air travel experience from curb to gate. 

The day has been scheduled as follows:

May 28, 2016

12:30 – 2 p.m. Registration & check-in at Air Canada
Security Check Point C
Dwell time at the gate (refreshments)
 2 p.m. Boarding
 2:30 p.m.

Departure - participants are seated/safety announcements 

 3 p.m. Participants deplane and clear CBSA
 3:15 p.m. Program concludes – farewell and gift bag

The Calgary Airport Authority’s partners involved in the program include Air Canada, Society for Treatment of Autism (STA), Renfrew Educational Services, Ability 4 Good, New Heights School & Learning Services, Lead Foundation, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), HMSHost, and Mountain View Printing.

The May 28 program registration is now closed. Thank you to all who applied to participate in the program; you will be notified by May 20 of the status of your application.  Stay tuned to yyc.com for future program dates.