YYC Calgary International Airport's new International Terminal officially opened for operations yesterday, moving all U.S. and international flight operations at YYC to the new facility. The opening marks the completion of the largest single infrastructure program in the airport's history -- the Airport Development Program.
"In 2014 we opened Canada's longest runway, and today we welcome the world to the most advanced airport terminal in Canada," said Garth Atkinson, president and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority in an announcement. "Our new International Terminal not only ensures YYC Calgary International Airport remains a major contributor to the economy of western Canada, it also represents a significant new contribution to Canada's transportation infrastructure overall."
The new 2 million-square-foot terminal adds 24 aircraft gates at YYC, and incorporates numerous technologies and processes designed to streamline the passenger experience throughout the airport. These include North America's first call-to-gate passenger boarding system
, North America's first full CATSA Plus enhanced passenger screening system
, enhanced U.S. and Canadian customs technology, a state-of-the-art Crisbag tote-based baggage system
and the YYC LINK, a custom-designed and Canadian-built shuttle service that transports passengers between the domestic and international facilities.