Calgary International Airport (YYC) has had a long history in the area, having been established in 1938 as the McCall Field. Today, the airport is one of Canada’s busiest hubs, and the premier aviation facility in its province of Alberta. If you are hoping to spend some time in the pretty and energetic city of Calgary, or wanting to head out to the magical natural wonders of Banff National Park, this is the airport to fly into.
With an annual movement of around 15 million people per year, this airport has stepped up to accommodate its transiting guests as much as possible. The facilities at Calgary are very good, with standards like full service ATMs, pay phones, free WiFi, stocked lounges, and an information desk. The airport also has some neat extras like the SpacePort, an educational and entertaining series of exhibits focusing on space travel.
There are over 135 shops that passengers can browse to pass the time; these offer books, gourmet food, duty-free goods, jewellery, travel accessories, fashion, cosmetics, and electronics. You can also pop into the pharmacy, a post office, a newsagents for last minute goods, and there’s even a spa you can relax in. If you’re hungry, there is a large food court serving popular cuisines, and a variety of restaurants, cafes, fast food kiosks and bars.
Airlines flying from Australia to Calgary are typically Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Delta, Qatar Airways, United, British Airways and American Airlines. These carriers will often divert their route through Los Angeles (LAX), Auckland (AKL) or Vancouver (YVR).
· There are several on-site rental companies—such as Alamo, Thrifty and National—operating out of the airport. Or alternatively, you can make a car hire reservation online with Skyscanner. The drive is only about 20km, and without traffic, you can make your way to the centre of town in about 20 minutes. Take the AB-2 S from the Airport Road. Then get on 4 Avenue SE W and continue on that road, which will take you right into the downtown area.
· You can book airport transfers online, or there are several bus services that go between Calgary and its airport. Look for Route 300 if you’re looking to head into the centre of town. This will cost an adult 3.15CAD ($3.15) for a one-way ticket, or 9.50CAD ($9.50) for a day pass.
· Public transport is definitely the cheapest way to get into central Calgary, but if you’d prefer to grab a taxi to your destination, expect the fare to come to about 40-45CAD ($40-45) in total.
Please note that information is correct as of August 2016