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YYC bustling with growth and development in 2013

Calgary International Airport (YYC) had another record-breaking year for passenger and cargo numbers in 2013. Cargo tonnage grew 2.1 per cent to over 119,000 tonnes, and the number of passengers travelling through YYC increased 4.9 per cent to 14.3 million passengers, making YYC the fastest-growing airport in Canada.

This record-breaking growth is reflective of YYC’s extensive route network, cargo connections and industry-leading commercial operations developed by The Calgary Airport Authority.

YYC was busy welcoming more air services to its already extensive network throughout 2013. WestJet introduced its new regional service with the entry of Encore in 2013, with the launch of three new routes with service to Brandon, Fort St. John and Nanaimo. WestJet also introduced seasonal direct service to both Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami, in addition to increasing capacity on a number of regional and U.S. destinations. As the headquarters for both WestJet mainline and Encore, YYC continues to be WestJet’s largest Canadian hub.

In 2013, Air Canada also announced plans to significantly increase their service to two European destinations with the introduction of 777’s on flights to both Frankfurt and London for the summer of 2014. Air Canada continued to grow its presence at YYC by significantly enhancing capacity on a number of regional and international destinations. The airline introduced three daily flights from Red Deer to Calgary, connecting central Alberta to YYC’s extensive network and also increased flights from Calgary to Tokyo to daily service, offering the only nonstop service to Asia for Albertans.

KLM also announced increased frequency in their summer/winter schedule on its Calgary to Amsterdam route, and British Airways announced that Calgary would be one of the first airports in Canada to see their new 787 Dreamliner on their YYC-London route.

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The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital corporation incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act. Since 1992, it has been responsible for the management, maintenance and development of Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport under long-term lease from the Government of Canada.

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