YYC Holiday Travel Tips

December 19, 2013   |  

Christmas Holiday Information

December is a busy time of year for Calgary International Airport (YYC). During the holiday season, it is recommended that additional time be allowed when travelling to and from YYC due to road conditions, weather and general congestion caused by increased vehicle traffic, as well as passenger and baggage volumes.

Here are some tips and general information to help avoid stress or delays during the holidays.

Security Tips and Restricted Items

Passenger and baggage security screening at airports in Canada is provided by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). For the most current information and tips to avoid delays during this important process, please go to CATSA's website

Flight Check-In

A frequent question received by The Calgary Airport Authority is “When should I arrive at the airport for my flight?”

Each airline sets its own recommended check-in time dependant on the destination. Generally, one hour should be the minimum for flights within Canada and two hours for destinations outside of Canada.

Web check-in services may be available through your airline. Web check-in allows passengers to choose seats and check-in as early as 24 hours prior to departure. Check your airline’s website for more information.

Baggage Allowances

Each airline determines its own luggage allowance policies. Luggage restrictions can include weight, number of bags permitted, number of bags to be checked without charge, as well as size and number of carry-on items permitted on-board.

Please check with your airline for more information.


Travellers can park closer this holiday season in YYC’s surface Economy Lot. Park for as low as $10.95 per day or $44.95 per week.

YYC offers attractive parking rates in all of our lots, including $79.99 per week in Parkade 2 and $109 per week in Parkade 1. With so many choices, parking at YYC has never been easier.

Picking someone up at YYC over the holidays? Don’t forget about the free 30-minute parking in the short-term parking area or the option to use the Cell Phone Park and Wait lot.

The Cell Phone lot is located on the north side of Airport Road (just to the right as you enter YYC), before the parkade entrance—just look for the purple and white signs. Arriving passengers will be able to collect their items, call their ride waiting in the Cell Phone lot and meet them at the designated area on the Arrivals Level. Fast, easy and free!

Other ground transportation options include taxis, sedans, the Airport Downtown Shuttle or Calgary Transit. Associated Cab and Allied Limousine are YYC’s on-demand taxi and sedan ground transportation services available on the Arrivals Level 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

YYC Events and Entertainment

While visiting YYC this holiday season, be sure to check out one of the choirs or quartets performing throughout the airport. And just in case you didn’t have time to wrap that last minute gift, volunteers will be wrapping presents behind security for those travelling through Concourses A or D from December 20-24. If you have the time, be sure to check out the Festival of Trees – located throughout the airport and decorated in a variety of creative themes.