Calgary International Airport breaks record with 18.5mil passengers

Interior view of Calgary International Airport
Photo Credit: Calgary International Airport

YYC Calgary International Airport marked a milestone in its history in 2023, with an impressive 18.5 million passengers passing through its gates.

This achievement not only surpassed the previous record set in 2019 by over 500,000 passengers but also further demonstrated the airport’s resilience and capacity to meet the growing demand for air travel.

The Significance of YYC Growth

The notable increase of 2.8 per cent in passenger traffic compared to 2019 underscores YYC’s pivotal role as a major aviation hub in North America.

This growth is a testament to the airport’s commitment to excellence and its ability to adapt to changing travel dynamics while providing efficient and reliable services to its guests.

Aerial view of Calgary Airport
Photo Credit: Calgary Airport

Driving Alberta’s Economy Forward

YYC’s record-breaking performance in 2023 is more than just a numerical feat; it underscores the airport’s contribution to Alberta’s economy.

As Chris Dinsdale, President and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority, rightly pointed out, YYC plays a vital role in connecting people and goods, supporting business ventures, and bolstering the flourishing tourism industry.

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“2023’s record-breaking results reflect the dedication of our teams and all those in our aviation ecosystem to serve the needs of our guests and our region,” says Chris Dinsdale.

“We’re proud of the vital role YYC plays in Alberta’s economy as a connector of people and goods while supporting Alberta’s flourishing business and tourism industries and contributing an estimated $8 billion to regional GDP.”

With a significant contribution to the regional GDP, YYC’s impact clearly reverberates beyond its terminals, fueling economic growth and prosperity.

One of the key drivers behind YYC’s success is its commitment to providing travelers with a diverse range of destinations and seamless connectivity.

With non-stop flights to over 90 destinations, YYC caters to both domestic and international travelers, offering them unparalleled access to the world.

The addition of new carriers and the expansion of existing airline partnerships further enhance YYC’s connectivity, giving travelers more choices and convenience.

Pioneering New Routes

In 2023, YYC made significant strides in expanding its route network, introducing exciting new destinations and opportunities for travelers.

With plans for non-stop flights to Seoul, South Korea, and Reykjavik, Iceland, set to launch in the summer, YYC continues to position itself as a gateway to diverse cultures and experiences.

These new routes not only cater to leisure travelers but also facilitate business connections, opening up avenues for trade and investment.

Investment in the Future

Looking ahead, YYC remains committed to enhancing the travel experience for its guests and investing in the future of aviation.

The upcoming West Runway Rehabilitation project signifies YYC’s dedication to infrastructure development, ensuring operational efficiency and safety for years to come.

Moreover, the airport’s focus on fostering strong partnerships and introducing innovative commercial and retail concepts underscores its commitment to providing a world-class travel experience.

About The Overall Area of Authority…

The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Regional Airports Authorities Act of Alberta.

The Authority is responsible for the management, operation and development of YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank Airport (YBW).

The Authority’s commitment to safety remains a top priority. Its airports are important economic generators for the city, region and province, supporting thousands of jobs and generating billions in GDP through associated economic activity.

The Authority was also recently recognized as one of Alberta’s Top Employers for 2024.

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