Calgary International Airport welcomed a record-setting 18 million guests in 2019, surpassing the previous year’s number by 3.5 per cent or 600,000 travellers.
Last year, YYC provided 38 non-stop domestic destinations in addition to growing U.S. and international offerings; in 2019, the airport added two new U.S. and two new European routes, bringing the total number to 88 non-stop destinations across Canada and the globe. The airport credits the increased traffic in part to the success of WestJet’s Dreamliner routes to markets in Europe with direct service to London Gatwick, Paris and Dublin, along with an incoming service to Rome.
“We’re proud to have achieved another record year, connecting tourists to legendary attractions, locals to that long saved for vacation, reunion or getaway, business travelers to deal-making meetings and cargo to buyers across the globe. Our focus remains on ensuring every guest has a positive experience at YYC and in supporting our airline partners,” said Rob Palmer, Vice President Finance, Strategy & Chief Financial Officer, The Calgary Airport Authority.
Minimal impact from MAX grounding
YYC added that while the airport was deemed the fourth most impacted airport in North America – and eighth most impacted in the world – by the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max in terms of flights, the effects on arrivals were minimal.
As a result of the grounding, airport authorities estimate 2,300 fewer flights and 300,000 fewer available seats from through YYC.
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