Calgary International Airport, originally named McCall Field (IATA: YYC, ICAO: CYYC), is the international airport that serves Calgary, Alberta, Canada and the surrounding region; it is situated approximately 17 km (11 mi) northeast of downtown Calgary. The airport offers scheduled non-stop flights to major cities in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and East Asia.
Calgary International Airport serves as headquarters for WestJet and as a hub airport for Air Canada and Air Canada Express. The airport is one of eight Canadian airports with US Border Preclearance facilities. The airport is operated by The Calgary Airport Authority as part of Transport Canada’s National Airports System. It is Canada’s fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic and third busiest by aircraft movements, handling 13,641,246 passengers and 240,709 movements in 2012. In October 2008, The Calgary Airport Authority was named one of Alberta’s Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.
CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HISTORY
Calgary International Airport has come a long way since its inception in 1914. Situated in Bowness, 10 kilometres northwest of the city centre, the original airfield consisted of a grass airstrip and a ramshackle hut, which served as both hangar and terminal building.
The Calgary Municipal Airport at Refrew was established in 1928. Several of the hangars still exist and are in use today, even though the area has been converted to a residential neighbourhood. In 1938, the facility moved to its present location in Calgary’s northeast and was christened McCall Field, in honour of Captain Fred McCall, a World War I flying ace and one of Calgary’s pioneer aviators.
In 1940, the airport was taken over by the Federal Department of Transport to serve the war effort and was not returned to its original owner, the City of Calgary, until 1949. During this time the federal government expanded the airport to include four runways and five wartime hangers. 1949 airport diagram
CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOCATION
Calgary International Airport, originally named McCall Field (IATA: YYC, ICAO: CYYC), is the international airport that serves Calgary, Alberta, Canada and the surrounding region
CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 3557 ft.
Runway length available: 07/25 6200×150 ft. :: 10/28 8000×200 ft. :: 16/34 12675×200 ft.