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Air Canada Announces Strategic Growth at Canada’s Third Busiest Airport

The Calgary Airport Authority welcomes Air Canada’s announcement of new additions to its spring schedule, which will include expanding their route network at Calgary International Airport (YYC) with the addition of new non-stop services from Calgary-Terrace/Kitimat and Calgary-Nanaimo, in addition to a new seasonal Calgary-Halifax service. The focus on more scheduled non-stop service comes in response to demand at YYC and is designed to connect Alberta travellers to more destinations and provide easy connections to and from Air Canada’s extensive North American, European, Asian, and South American network.

“Today’s announcement reinforces the importance of the Calgary hub in Air Canada’s network,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, Air Canada. “We are strategically adding new routes in response to the strong demand in Western Canada, notably the growing business market between Calgary and Terrace/Kitimat in Northern BC, the increasing demand to and from Vancouver Island, and the continued travel demand between Western Canada and Atlantic Canada. We look forward to welcoming customers onboard our newest services.”

The additions to Air Canada’s spring 2015 schedule from YYC include:

  • YYC-Terrace/Kitimat
    New daily, year-round Air Canada Express service starts June 1 operated by Jazz Aviation LP with 50-seat Bombardier CRJ jets.
  • YYC-Nanaimo
    New daily, year-round Air Canada Express service starts May 1 operated by Jazz Aviation LP with 74-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft.
  • YYC-Halifax
    New summer seasonal six-times weekly service starts May 1 operated by Air Canada rouge with 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering both premium and economy cabins, increasing up to ten weekly flights during the peak summer period.

“As a major hub for Air Canada, YYC is thrilled to be a strategic location for the airline’s continued growth,” said Stephan Poirier, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for The Calgary Airport Authority. “YYC is a key player in Alberta’s growing business and tourism sectors and the introduction of these new non-stop services supports our strategy to grow YYC as an airline and destination hub for business and leisure travellers. Today’s announcement means more than just great additions to our growing YYC route network, it also means connecting business and communities to the robust Calgary economy. Our role to ensure these connections are strong is an important part of our strategy to be leaders in our City and province.”

The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Regional Airports Authorities Act of Alberta. The Calgary Airport Authority is responsible for the management, operation and development of Calgary International (YYC) and Springbank (YBW) Airports. YYC is an important economic engine for the city, region and province, generating over $8 billion per annum in economic activity.

For more information please contact:

Jody Moseley
Director, Corporate Communications & Marketing
The Calgary Airport Authority
Phone: 403-807-9143
Email: jodym@yyc.com


Calgary Airport Authority