Calgary International Airport Marks off Record Year in 2023

Aerial view of Calgary Airport
Photo Credit: Calgary Airport

The Calgary Airport Authority celebrated a banner year in its 2023 annual report, released on May 1, 2024, during its annual general meeting.

The report highlights the airport’s remarkable comeback from the pandemic and its strategic efforts to solidify YYC Calgary International Airport as a leading North American connectivity hub.

Record-Breaking Growth Marks a Year of Renewal

“2023 was a year of exceptional growth and revitalization,” stated Chris Dinsdale, President and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority.

“We witnessed a surge in passenger numbers, established new flight partnerships, and expanded our non-stop route offerings from YYC.”

“We’ve not only recovered from the pandemic’s impact, but we’re also emerging stronger and better positioned than ever before compared to 2019.”

2023 Highlights: Milestones Achieved

  • Passenger traffic at YYC Calgary International Airport reached a staggering 18.5 million in 2023. This surpassed the previous record of 18 million set in 2019.
  • Summer 2023 became the airport’s busiest season on record, with July and August welcoming 1.95 million and 1.97 million passengers, respectively.
  • The Authority exceeded revenue expectations by 10% and achieved a 19.6% increase compared to 2022, reaching a total of $497 million.
  • To enhance passenger choice and accessibility to popular destinations, YYC welcomed new carriers like Porter Airlines. The airport now boasts over 90 non-stop connections worldwide.

Investing in the Future

Beyond celebrating past achievements, The Authority is setting its sights on the future. The West Runway Rehabilitation project is a testament to this commitment.

The plan ensures a smooth and efficient travel experience for passengers in the years to come. The partnership with PCL guarantees project completion by the end of 2025.

Passenger comfort and experience remain a top priority at YYC. The expansion of technological advancements, including user-friendly SITA kiosks and eduroam Wi-Fi access for academic travelers, exemplifies this focus.

Additionally, partnerships like the Aerospace Innovation Hub solidify YYC’s position as a center for cutting-edge ideas and collaboration.

The dedication of YYC’s culinary and hospitality partners further elevates the passenger experience.

The Calgary Airport Marriott’s recognition as Airport Hotel of the Year is a well-deserved tribute to their exceptional service.

Finally, the implementation of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program underscores YYC’s commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all travelers.

Calgary International Airport (YYC)

Calgary International Airport (YYC), also known as YYC Calgary International Airport, is a major transportation hub serving Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the surrounding region.

As one of Canada’s busiest airports, YYC boasts a strong reputation for its efficient operations, modern facilities, and commitment to passenger comfort.

YYC offers a wide range of domestic and international flights, making it a convenient starting point for your travels.

Whether you’re jetting off to a sunny beach destination, exploring a bustling metropolis, or visiting family across the country, YYC has the connections to get you there.

YYC prioritizes passenger experience. The airport features user-friendly amenities like self-service kiosks, readily available Wi-Fi access, and a diverse selection of shops and restaurants.

Additionally, YYC champions accessibility with programs like the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower initiative.

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