The Calgary Airport Authority was pleased to receive the Ella Anderson Accessible Transportation Award today. The award was presented to The Calgary Airport Authority by Mayor Naheed Nenshi in Council Chambers for the organization’s work on developing the fully accessible YYC LINK passenger shuttle service. The YYC LINK shuttle provides transportation for up to 10 passengers and their luggage using a multi-modal connections route which links to each concourse.
The route, known as the Connections Corridor, was developed in conjunction with the new International Terminal, and allows passengers to connect from concourse to concourse without having to leave the secure area. Passengers may walk, use moving walkways or the YYC LINK to move quickly and efficiently from one area to the next. The electric-powered, Canadian-built customized indoor vehicles assist nearly 3,500 people each day.
“We are pleased to be recognized for our development of this accessible transportation option, which serves thousands of YYC passengers each day,” said Bernie Humphries, Vice President, Operations for The Calgary Airport Authority. “As an international hub, we have a diverse passenger mix and our goal is to build and develop a facility that is a welcoming place for all of our guests.”
Cal Schuler of Calgary Alternative Employment Services has worked with the airport for many years on its YYC Accessibility Advisory Committee and nominated The Calgary Airport Authority for their work on developing the YYC LINK through a consultative and collaborative process.
“Through teamwork and positive drive towards a common goal, we created an environment based on universal design, where visitors to the airport regardless of age, ability or other differentiating characteristics can use and benefit from a transportation system that is comprehensive, seamless, safe, accessible, equitable and inclusive for everyone,” said Schuler. “The key to the project’s success was that the team worked very closely with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders during the design and testing process to understand their needs and translate them into flexible system requirements from an operational and accessible perspective.”
ABOUT THE CALGARY AIRPORT AUTHORITY
The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital organization, incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act, and is responsible for the safe, secure and efficient management of the YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank Airport (YBW) under long-term lease from the Government of Canada. YYC's mandate is to advance economic and community development by providing improved airline and transportation services for the benefit of the public. The Authority has invested over $4 billion into the continued development of YYC, opening Canada's longest runway in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016. YYC is a key economic driver for Calgary and Alberta, generating more than $8 billion in economic activity annually and creating 48,000 jobs.
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The Calgary Airport Authority
P: 403 735 5899