Runway Development Project

New Runway

YYC'S Longest runway is fully operational

The Runway Development Project (RDP) has been operational since June 28, 2014. The runway, which is YYC’s fourth runway, is located between the Air Terminal Building and 36 Street NE. Construction for this mega-project began on April 4, 2011. The runway at YYC:

  • Is 14,000 ft. long, 200 ft. wide and is the longest runway in Canada
  • Includes a complete airfield system with an aircraft parking apron, taxiways and other related infrastructure
  • Uses 100 per cent LED lighting with over 5,000 inset and edge lights
  • Required more than two million person hours to complete
  • Required a $590 million investment

The Calgary Airport Authority celebrated the opening of its runway by inviting 1,400 runners to Run the Runway and 10,000 guests to Roam the Runway on June 14 and 15, respectively. The once-in-a-lifetime event gave Calgarians an opportunity to enjoy exclusive aircraft displays, food trucks, live entertainment and more. 

The project has earned a number of awards and recognition, including:


Alberta Construction Magazine


Engineering and Construction by the Project Management Institute - Southern Alberta Chapter


Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Awards (Transportation Infrastructure)


    about YYC'S Development Program

    Did you know?

    • The runway is equivalent to the length of 38 NFL football fields.
    • The runway is the first in Canada to utilize 100 per cent LED lighting for the runway and taxiway lights.
    • 1 million square metres of concrete was used to pave the runway and taxiways.
    • 7.5 million cubic metres of earth was moved to build the runway.

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