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Calgary Airport Authority celebrates 20th anniversary

Calgary Airport Authority celebrates 20 years of operating Calgary International Airport (YYC) on Sunday.

Calgary Airport Authority celebrates 20 years of operating Calgary International Airport (YYC) on Sunday.

The authority assumed responsibility for the operation, management and expansion of YYC on July 1, 1992, and current president and CEO, Garth Atkinson, insists that the Canadian gateway has come a long way in the past two decades.

“It has been an amazing journey for both our organisation and for the airport community at large,” said Atkinson.

“We’ve come a long way over our 20 years and we are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated group of employees and volunteers who have an unwavering commitment to the success of YYC.”

Today, YYC is served by 24 passenger carriers connecting Alberta to 68 destinations, including the province's only non-stop flight to Asia.

The airport boasts over 135 shops and services, is a leader in cargo and logistics in Alberta and supports 24,000 on-airport jobs while contributing $6 billion in value-added GDP to the local economy. 

And the airport continues to grow along with the City of Calgary as its C$2 billion Airport Development Program – on schedule and on budget – is designed to solidify YYC’s position as a key economic generator for the city, region, and province. 

Its main projects – a new 14,00 ft runway and 2 millon square feet international concourse – will provide essential airport capacity well into the future, according tp Atkinson.

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