“ Calgary International Airport, (IATA: YYC, ICAO: CYYC), is a medium-sized airport that serves Calgary, Alberta, Canada and the surrounding region. It is the fourth-busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic, serving 10.1 million passengers in 2005, and offers scheduled daily nonstop flights to major cities in Europe, the United States, Central America, and Canada. Prior to the merger of Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Mirabel International Airport, Calgary ranked third for passenger movements in Canada. It is still the third busiest airport by aircraft movements. The airport is a major hub facility for Western Canada and is the home and hub of WestJet Airlines as well as a hub for Air Canada. Calgary International Airport is one of 8 Canadian Airports that has US Border Pre-clearance facilities. „
The first thing you notice when arriving at Calgary Airport (YYC) is the guides or helpers all dressed as cowboy/cowgirls with hats on and you cant help smiling and thinking "yes I am in Canada".
Calgary is the fourth biggest air terminal in Canada and although a lot of renovations and expansion was done in 2003 it has not stood still and they are still improving and doing work to it. It is one terminal which makes it so easy to find your way around and with many signs to follow I doubt anyone loses their way.
Downtown Calgary where a lot of hotels are is about 12 miles away. We booked a car for the week and the signs took us straight to the car hire area which is just across the road from the terminal.
If you have hired a car leaving the airport is quite easy as it is well sign posted which is what you want especially if you are not used to driving on the right and driving a left hand drive car.
The duty free shop is a lot different from Heathrow or Gatwick as it is not just in one allocated area. You will find it when you head towards gates 23 and 24 and it is quite small and the cigarettes are not on display although the drinks and perfume is. You have to ask for cigarettes and they do not carry a big supply. All duty free is taken straight through to where you board the plane and you pick it up there.
All in all a very easy Airport to find your way around.
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Located on the northern outskirts of Calgary, this airport is a has flights to many of the major north American cities as well as international flights to Europe and other continents. The airport is clean and tidy and the people are generally friendly and helpful. The airport also appeared to operate quite efficiently without any long waits for baggage. Once outside the airport the car rental points are close to the exit and they are under cover - essential when it is cold and snow is on the ground. It is also easy to get out of the airport onto a main road into town or to the hotel. When leaving Calgary, the airport is similarly as pleasant as an airport can be. There is a bar, and then up the escalator there are areas in which you can pick up a meal - burgers, Chinese, Japanese - in fact quite a variety. An whilst you eat you can look out on the the aircraft taking off and landing with a backdrop of the tall buildings of the centre of Calgary in the distance. Also whilst you wait for you flight there are the usual shops to browse through. I could not resist buying a calendar or two of the Rockies to take back, and as you would expect there are also clothes shops, book shops and all the usual gift shops. Once through immigration etc, there is a small but adequate duty-free. It carries all the major brands, but don't expect the same variety as at the major airports like London Heathrow, or Gatwick etc. In summary it is an efficient airport. If you can call an airport pleasant then I suppose that would be the right description, but as I don't like waiting around I was pleased to get on the plane and head for home.
The airport is located 6 miles (10 km) northeast of the centre of the city. Taxi fare to the centre will be about $25 Canadian. Travel time is about 20 minutes. Airport Shuttle Express Ltd. operates 24-hours/day. Go to Luggage Carousel 4 in Baggage Area "C". The fare is $11 Canadian one-way. It's actually a shuttle van, running between the airport and various hotels and residences. As the "official" airport shuttle service for Greyhound Lines of Canada, Shuttle Express will bring you to the downtown Calgary Greyhound Lines, should that be a desired destination. The Banff Airporter, which will transport you the 75 miles (120 km) to the crisp views of Canada's main resort town, has eight departures daily from Calgary Airport. The fare is $34 one-way. You'll want to reserve a spot in advance (888-449-2901).
When you approach calgary you will have been treated to a fantastic view of the rockies, then when you leave the plane (if its a charter) you will be greated by a beaming cowboy. Baggage collection always seems to take an age to appear, and there is not much room for a plane full of passengers trollys. On Departure, there are lots of gift shops to browse at before you clear customs, but all seem expensive, even with a favourable exchange rate. There is a food court up the escalator with a selection of very good value take away, the Japaneese and chineese booths are especially good if you are very hungary. There is also an Italien, burgerbar and sandwich shop. Down the escalator is a restaurant, in the style of a little chef, but a lot better value. Once through passport control there is a very small duty free shop, a kiosk selling sweets and magazines and a coffee bar. There never seems to be enough seats, and the floor gets filled up quickly too.