Over 11 million passengers in 2006
CALGARY, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Passenger volumes at Calgary International
Airport reached an all-time high with Canada's fourth busiest airport
surpassing 11 million annual passengers in 2006.
Statistics reported by the airlines reflect growth in all sectors for a
total of 11.27 million passengers, equating to an increase of 11 percent, or
over one million more passengers than 2005.
"Exceeding 11 million annual passengers reflects yet another year of
double digit growth. Calgary's passenger growth over the past four years is
43 percent - Canada's fastest growing airport in Canada's fastest growing
major city," commented Garth Atkinson, President and CEO of The Calgary
Airport Authority. "Calgary is recognized by airlines as a great opportunity
for new air services or increased capacity on existing routes."
Air service development highlights in 2006 include British Airways
returning to Calgary and Frontier Airlines selecting Calgary as the first
Canadian destination for a U.S. low-cost carrier. Air Canada and Air Canada
Jazz also added new non-stop services from Calgary to New York City, Palm
Springs. Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Comox and Yellowknife. Calgary-based WestJet
Airlines, celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2006, continued its steady
growth with the addition of non-stop daily service to Halifax and Las Vegas,
an increase of its Toronto service to eight flights daily and Ft. McMurray to
twice daily. Asian tourism growth to Calgary was also evident in two Japanese
carriers, All Nippon and Japan Airlines, operating a series of summer charter
flights from various Japanese cities.
"With growth well in excess of market projections, the Authority must
continue to have the necessary infrastructure in place to facilitate
Calgarians staying connected to the world," added Atkinson. "With 12 years
normal growth compressed into the past four years, facilities thought to be
adequate for a least a few more years are now reaching their capacity."
Since assuming responsibility for Calgary International Airport from the
Government of Canada in 1992, The Calgary Airport Authority has invested over
$800M in capital and expansion projects while paying $274M in federal airport
rent tax to the Government of Canada.
The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital
corporation, responsible for the management, maintenance and development of
Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport under long-term lease
from the Government of Canada.
For further information:
For further information: Bryce Paton, Calgary Airport Authority, Media
Line: (403) 735-5899