Non-essential travel into Canada resumes as restrictions further relaxed, Calgary airport lauds safety effort

International travellers are once again able to visit Canada as the federal government has reopened the door to non-essential trips by fully vaccinated foreign nationals.

The new rules are now in effect across the country.

Immunized travellers will have to show proof of their government-approved vaccinations, present a negative test result from within 72 hours of travel and they must show no signs of virus symptoms.

Previously, international travellers were required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The rule remains in effect for returning Canadians and permanent residents who are not fully vaccinated.

The Canadian border opened to fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents for recreational purposes in August .

This is all part of the government's phased border reopening plan.

A spokesperson for the Calgary Airport Authority says, despite the reopening to international travellers, they expect fewer people will be taking trips through the airport in September as August was peak summer travel season.

"We have been working closely with our airline partners to ensure the safe return of air travel and continue to encourage travellers to check the airline schedules before coming to the airport – and, of course to always leave plenty of time to go through screening checkpoints," said Dean Paddock, communications and stakeholder engagement with the Calgary Airport Authority.

Airport officials recommend allowing extra time for screening upon arrival as lineups are expected to be a bit longer.

Health experts believe it could help tourism without posing a large health threat.

"If everybody in a place is vaccinated, the risk is much less," said Dr. Christopher Labos, a McGill University cardiologist and epidemiologist. "Vaccination, masks, the more we can do then the more we can suppress the spread."

American land crossings remains closed to Canadians for non-essential travel purposes and the closure will remain in effect until at least Sept. 21.

IMPACT ON ALBERTA TOURISM

CTV caught up with people waiting on their loved ones arriving from Gatwick, England at the Calgary International Airport on Tuesday, many who were relieved and eager to see their families.

“(We're) really excited!” said Stewart Attwood who came from Manitoba. “We’ve waited to so long, it’s been like a year of planning.”

It was big hugs all around when Attwood’s cousin and wife arrived, who shared that the process to prove your vaccination status and negative COVID test wasn’t easy to maneuver.

“Yes, difficult, long drawn out and all the tests and make sure we have everything and everything in the right place at the right time,” said Andrew Lake.

The Attwoods had to travel from Winnipeg to pick up the Lakes at the Calgary International Airport because it’s one of five Canadian airports accepting fully-vaccinated international travellers.

“So, we’re actually going to utilize the fact that we had to come to Calgary to drive back through the provinces to show them Banff and Lake Louise and Drumheller and a bit of Canada,” said Attwood.

The hope is the changes in travel restrictions will see more people travel around Alberta but Darren Reeder with the Tourism Association of Alberta said it unfortunately comes too late in the season to make a difference to the industry.

“I think it will have positive impact as people are set to plan with longer-term intentions to travel Canada but this is very late in the season," Reeder said. "Families are back in their fall routines already, so it’s really going to be a missed opportunity for a lot of travelling families this fall.”

Reeder said the pandemic cost Alberta’s tourism industry more than a billion dollars since it started, adding it will likely won’t be until 2022 when many businesses begin to recover, as international travellers often plan far ahead to visit Canada.

“We absolutely need that to happen next year (because) there is just too many businesses that have been deeply impacted," he said. "They can’t survive through to next summer if there isn’t a clear line of sight that people are going to start to plan for next year."

However, he added that relaxing travel restrictions could be a boon for ski operators.

“We do have some confidence that the international markets reopening could be good for ski operators," he said. "We have enough time to prepare for winter that this could be a very good window of opportunity.”

The first thing ski operators and tourist-driven businesses will have to do is find people to work for them.

Brett Ireland owns Banff Ave Brewing and said it’s been particularly difficult to recruit staff without foreign workers able to come in Alberta.

“Typically we see a lot of people from Australia," Ireland said. "We sure miss having them here so we’ll see (how it goes). I’ll stay optimistic at this point and hopefully this fall going into the ski season we see a return of that.

“But it’s hard to say," he added, "because there’s so much uncertainty right now and travelling in itself is more complex than in the past.”

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The Calgary International Airport says it's getting ready to welcome up to 35,000 passengers per day through the Christmas holidays, otherwise known as their busiest time of year for air travel.

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COVID-19 testing, international travel and more

All travellers are required to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination, and government issued identification.

Due to the COVID-19 testing at airports, it's recommended that travellers arrive to the airport early — at least two hours before domestic flights and at least three hours before international flights.

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For those heading to the United States, Canadians and other foreign visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of departure, regardless of vaccination status, to enter the country.

International travellers are required to get the ArriveCan app to input pre-departure COVID testing, vaccination information and a quarantine plan.

Upon returning from an international destination, travellers will be swabbed upon arrival and required to quarantine until they receive a negative result.  That's in addition to the existing pre-departure requirement of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival in Canada.

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Chris Miles, vice president of operations and infrastructure with the Calgary Airport Authority, says more preparation beforehand will make the journey that much better.

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Jody Randall noted planes are getting busier again.

"You just have to have your paperwork in order."

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"It takes a bit longer to wait for bags and to go through all the lineups … but other than that it was really simple, easy and I would do it again."

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Government of Canada introduces further restrictions on international travel

From: Transport Canada

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The Government of Canada continues to take unprecedented action to protect the health and safety of Canadians by introducing measures to prevent further introduction and transmission of COVID-19 and new variants of the virus into Canada.

January 29, 2021                    Ottawa             Government of Canada

Today, the Government of Canada announced new rules on international travel, in addition to the multi-layered approach on COVID-19 already in place. The government and Canada’s airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries until April 30, 2021. This will be in effect as of January 31, 2021.

Further, effective midnight (11:59 PM EST) February 3, 2021, in addition to proof of a negative pre-departure test, Transport Canada will expand the existing international flight restrictions which funnel scheduled international commercial passenger flights into four Canadian airports: Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport. The new restrictions will include scheduled commercial passenger flights arriving from the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, which were exempted from the previous restriction. Private/Business and charter flights from all countries will also be required to land at the four airports. Flights from Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and cargo-only flights will remain exempt.

As soon as possible in the coming weeks, all air travellers arriving in Canada, with very limited exceptions, must reserve a room in a Government of Canada-approved hotel for three nights at their own cost, and take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival at their own cost. More details will be available in the coming days.

The Government of Canada will introduce a 72-hour pre-arrival testing requirement (molecular test) for travellers seeking entry in land mode, with limited exceptions such as commercial truckers. In addition, we continue to collaborate with partners in the United States to strengthen our border measures and keep our countries safe.

To ensure travellers’ awareness and compliance with quarantine requirements, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is working with security companies to help complete compliance checks for travellers arriving in Canada. Employees of these companies were trained by PHAC and authorized as Screening Officers under the Quarantine Act . These Screening Officers will visit travellers’ quarantine locations to establish contact, confirm identity and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada. These new officers will conduct visits in 35 cities across the country, starting in Montréal and Toronto.

“The safety of the travelling public and the transportation industry are top priorities. Our government continues to strongly advise against non-essential travel outside Canada, and has implemented many measures to protect the health of Canadians in our transportation system. The expansion of the flight restrictions is based on decisive, public health rationale from the Public Health Agency of Canada to further protect Canadians from the health impacts of COVID-19.” The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport  
“No one should be travelling right now. Each of us has a part in keeping our communities safe, and that means avoiding non-essential travel, which can put you, your loved ones, and your community at risk. The new measures announced today will be an important tool for protecting our communities, and increasing our compliance and enforcement capacity will help us keep all Canadians safe from COVID-19.” The Honourable Patty Hajdu Minister of Health  
“We continue to enhance the already very strong border measures that were put in place since March 2020. Today’s announcement further strengthens these measures and will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are working with provinces, territories and the United States to explore ways to keep us safe while ensuring the flow of essential goods and services remains uninterrupted.” The Honourable Bill Blair Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness  
“As new variants emerge, now more than ever, Canadians should be staying home. For their health and that of their loved ones, Canadians should only be considering travel if it is absolutely essential. With school breaks around the corner, I take this opportunity to remind Canadians that under no circumstance should anyone be planning travel for leisure.” The Honourable Marc Garneau Minister of Foreign Affairs  

Quick facts

Travellers entering Canada have a responsibility to make suitable arrangements for mandatory quarantine, which begins on the day they enter Canada. They are also required to submit COVID-19 related information electronically daily.

Failure to provide accurate information is an offence under the Quarantine Act . In addition, violating any quarantine or isolation instructions provided to travellers by a Screening Officer or quarantine officer when entering Canada is also an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to serious penalties, including six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.

PHAC currently contacts more than 6,500 travellers each day through phone calls, which verify their compliance with the mandatory isolation order.

As of January 26, 2021, 99% of the 48,682 interventions by law enforcement have resulted in compliance by travellers. However, in a minority of cases, verbal warnings, written warnings, tickets, and charges have been issued.

The Government of Canada is working directly with Aéroports de Montréal to offer voluntary testing on-site at the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport for arriving international travellers who wish to take a test before leaving the airport. This testing pilot project is in addition to those at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and the Calgary International Airport.

Associated links

  • Backgrounder – Transport Canada Expansion of international flight restrictions
  • Backgrounder – New testing and quarantine measures for non-essential international air travel
  • COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada
  • Travel.gc.ca

For members of the public, questions and information, including general information related to cross-border travel, the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Border Information Service (BIS) is available from 6 am to 10 pm (eastern daylight time), 7 days a week. Please visit: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/bis-sif-eng.html for contact information.

For media only:

Allison St-Jean Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport, Ottawa [email protected] Media Relations Transport Canada, Ottawa 613-993-0055 [email protected] Cole Davidson Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu Minister of Health 613-957-0200

Media Relations Public Health Agency of Canada 613-957-2983 [email protected] Mary-Liz Power Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Bill Blair Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness [email protected] Media Relations Canada Border Services Agency 613-957-6500 [email protected]  

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On June 4, 2019 the Government of Canada began issuing Canadian passports using the code X in the gender field for non-binary Canadians.

WestJet welcomes the government’s announcement and is currently making changes to our systems and processes to fully support non-binary gender guests for domestic and international travel.

Until WestJet has completed the system upgrades to support the code X in the gender field you may be asked to provide your gender information as either male or female at time of booking and check-in.

Please visit the government of Canada’s  website  for further guidance on travelling with a gender X passport.

Boeing 737 MAX

WestJet returned the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to service in January of 2021 after months of rigorous testing and safety checks. We understand you may have questions about the MAX, and we want you to feel informed and confident when flying with us.  Read more on our 737 MAX info page.

Serious Threat: African Swine Fever

African Swine Fever is a serious viral disease affecting pigs that could harm the Canadian pork industry and Canada’s economy.

The disease can be spread very easily through pork products, as well as contaminated clothing and/or footwear.

Do not bring pork products to Canada. If you do, the Canada Border Services Agency will take them away for safe disposal.

Every passenger must declare all food, plant and animal products brought to Canada to a border services officer upon arrival. Failure to do so will have consequences, and may include a $1300 fine.

Travellers must also advise if they have recently visited a farm outside of Canada. Find out more on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website at  www.inspection.gc.ca

Insecticide spraying

As a Canadian registered air carrier, WestJet is required by several countries to spray insecticide in the flight deck and guest cabin prior to traveling to those countries. This is a preventative measure against the importation of foreign insects that may carry disease or damage crops.

WestJet uses Permethrin #216, an insecticide approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for application onboard commercial aircraft. According to the WHO, short-term exposure when spraying this insecticide has not been found to cause any adverse health effects.

More information on disinsection can be found on the Transport Canada website at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/commerce-ohs-disinsection-westjet-2094.htm or at the U.S. Department of Transportation website at: https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/spray .

Alcohol – Be your best guest

You can help create a great experience for everyone on board by consuming liquor responsibly.

It is our duty to let you know that it is unlawful to consume your own alcohol in the airport prior to departure and onboard any WestJet flight. If you would like to enjoy a drink on board, our aircraft are licensed to serve alcohol. To ensure the safety of all guests and crew, if you are believed to be impaired by alcohol or drugs, before your flight, our crew has the right to deny you boarding.

Canadian Aviation Regulations prohibit us from allowing any guest to board our aircraft when there are reasonable grounds to believe the person's faculties are so impaired by alcohol or a drug that they may present a hazard to the aircraft or to guests.

High volume of Sargassum (seaweed) in Mexico and the Caribbean

If you are travelling to Mexico and the Caribbean in the near future, it’s possible you will encounter a higher-than-normal volume of sargassum (seaweed). Please note; at any time of year, multiple locations can be affected, and the amount this year is above average.

WestJet and WestJet Vacations want you to be aware - before you book - of the possibility of sargassum during your vacation.

Hotels in the affected areas use different methods for removal of sargassum that may wash up on the beach. In some regions, beaches are considered natural reserves or protected areas, and there are limitations on what action hotels connected to these beaches are able to take.

Allergy notification for all WestJet flights

We kindly ask that any guest allergic to nuts or peanuts, nut products or tree nuts, self identifies at the time of booking, at check-in and notifies inflight crew upon boarding any of our aircraft. WestJet food products do not directly contain peanut and/or derivatives; however, some items may contain traces of peanuts from manufacturing processes.

Travelling with portable self-balancing recreational scooters (lithium battery powered) is prohibited

Please be advised that due to safety concerns; hoverboards, powerboards, airwheels and other self-balancing lithium battery powered scooters are forbidden from transport on any WestJet or WestJet Encore flight, in carry-on, checked baggage or cargo. The safety and comfort of our guests is a top priority and this rule will stand until further notice.

Keep yourself safe from fraud by being aware of the tactics scammers use. If you think you’ve been the target of fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Email phishing, fake ads, fake social media accounts, and telephone scams are used to lure people into giving out personal information such as credit card numbers and account login credentials. These scams impersonate trusted brands to appear authentic. 

How to protect yourself from fraud

  • Keep your username and password confidential — a real WestJet representative will never ask for this information
  • If you need to contact us, always use our  official toll-free number
  • Keep your credit card information confidential (outside of making a purchase from a trusted, secure website or phone line)
  • Avoid clicking links or opening attachments in unsolicited emails
  • Consider adding “ call control ” to your phone plan

How to spot common types of fraud

Email phishing scams.

Phishing involves sending phony email messages to trick recipients into sharing sensitive information. These scams often ask for personal information such as usernames, passwords and email addresses — WestJet will never ask you to share any of this information through an email. Phishing scams may also make a false claim that your account is in urgent need of attention. Links in these emails will take you to a spoofed site, used to steal your credit card, account or other personal information. Avoid clicking on any attachments to these emails as they may have viruses or spyware.

Signs of a phony email are:

  • a false claim you’ve won a prize or flight
  • a false claim there’s a problem with your account that needs "fixing"
  • the existence of typos or poor grammar, spellings such as "Westjet" instead of "WestJet"

The fraudster’s email address might look authentic, and the message may have official-looking links or documents and have our company colours and logo. If you have any doubts, report it to the  Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre .

Fraudulent online surveys and flight giveaways

There are scammers pretending to represent WestJet who — in exchange for completing a survey and sharing it with your social network — claim they cheap sell flight tickets or give them away for free. These are often posts created by a fake WestJet account on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, with the intent of gaining a large following and selling the account for profit.

If you’re interacting with us on social media, make sure it’s an official WestJet account:

Twitter: @WestJet

Facebook: @westjet

LinkedIn: WestJet

Instagram: @westjet

Snapchat: @westjet

Search engine ads

Scammers will buy ad space on Google or other search engines to target people searching terms like “WestJet contact info” with the intent of providing false contact information. Once you call the number provided in these fraudulent ads, the scammers will impersonate a WestJet representative and try to steal credit card numbers, personal information, or account credentials. Fake ads like this can be found on social networks like Facebook as well.

If you’re searching for our contact information via Google, Bing or any other search engine, take care to avoid clicking on any listings identified as ads. 

Social media ads

Fraudsters will use fake social media contests or giveaways to solicit personal information from “winners” or to gain social media followers, with the intention of selling the social media account. These tactics will often require you to follow a specific social media account and/or to share something with your friends on Facebook or followers on Instagram in exchange for a free flight or vacation package.

While WestJet does offer the chance to win flights or vacation packages from time to time, we will always comply with sweepstakes laws by providing contest eligibility requirements, a contest end date and a link to the official contest rules.  

Phone scams

Auto-dialer scam.

Scammers will auto-dial thousands of numbers at once. If you answer their call, you’ll be transferred to a live person in an attempt to steal credit card or other personal information.

Misdial traps

Guests trying to reach WestJet by phone have found themselves in the ‘Misdial Trap’ — a scheme used by fraudsters to profit off people misdialing our phone number. Fraudsters will then pose as WestJet employees to steal personal information and credit card details.

When you’re contacting us by phone, use only these numbers — and please dial carefully. 

Our phone number

Toll-free: 1-888-937-8538 (WESTJET)

WestJet Vacations phone number

​Toll-free: 1-877-737-7001

TTY for hearing impaired

Toll-free: 1-877-952-0100

Guests with disabilities experiencing difficulties accessing WestJet.com

Toll-free: 1-866-693-7853

Email:  [email protected]

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Airport Calagary

Welcome to “CALGARY AIRPORT (YYC)”

Welcome to the bustling and vibrant city of Calgary , where you’ll find the Calgary International Airport ( YYC ) ready to serve as your gateway to unforgettable adventures and seamless travel experiences. As the largest airport in Alberta, Canada, YYC is renowned for its excellent facilities, world-class services, and efficient operations. Whether you’re flying for business or pleasure, YYC ensures your journey starts and ends on a high note.

Where adventure takes flight and dreams embark, Calgary Airport’s Departure gate is the threshold to new horizons and the beginning of unforgettable journeys.

Step into a world of warm welcomes and seamless transitions as Calgary Airport’s “Arrival” becomes your gateway to a journey where comfort meets adventure.

Transportation

Unlock seamless journeys as Calgary Airport’s transportation network weaves together the threads of convenience, ensuring your adventure takes flight from the moment you land

Park your travel dreams in the lap of convenience at Calgary Airport’s parking oasis, where your journey begins and your vehicle finds its runway to relaxation

Nestled beneath the prairie skies, Calgary Airport’s terminal is a bustling gateway where journeys take flight amidst a symphony of connections and possibilities.

Experience elevated comfort and seamless travel convenience with Calgary Airport’s handpicked selection of nearby hotels, where relaxation and exploration meet the runway.

Embark on a retail journey like no other at Calgary Airport , where shopping transforms into a captivating adventure amidst a tapestry of global brands and local treasures.

Navigate with ease through the bustling pathways and hidden corners of Calgary Airport’s interactive treasure map, your ultimate guide to a smooth and exciting journey.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the various aspects of Calgary Airport (YYC), from its history and facilities to travel tips and FAQs, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your visit.

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History of calgary airport (yyc).

Calgary Airport (YYC) has a rich history that dates back to its establishment in 1914. Originally known as McCall Field, the airport played a crucial role during World War II as a training base for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Over the years, it evolved into a prominent international airport, serving millions of passengers annually and becoming a key economic driver for the region.

Interesting Facts About YYC

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Facilities and Amenities at YYC

Calgary Airport International Terminal (1)

Terminal Buildings and Concourses

YYC features two modern terminal buildings, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, each equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and designed to provide a seamless passenger experience. Terminal 1 primarily serves domestic and international flights, while Terminal 2 focuses on domestic operations.

The airport boasts a total of four concourses, ensuring efficient boarding and disembarking processes.

Dining and Shopping Options

At YYC, you’ll find an array of dining establishments offering diverse culinary experiences, from grab-and-go options to full-service restaurants. Whether you’re craving international cuisine or local specialties, there’s something to suit every palate.

Additionally, the airport’s shopping facilities provide an excellent selection of duty-free shops, boutiques, and convenience stores, allowing you to indulge in some retail therapy before your flight.

Dining and Shopping Options

Transportation Services

YYC offers a variety of transportation options to help you reach your destination conveniently. Rental car services are available from renowned providers, giving you the freedom to explore

Calgary and its surroundings at your own pace. Taxis, rideshares, and public transportation services are also easily accessible, ensuring hassle-free transfers.

Parking Facilities

For those traveling by car, YYC provides ample parking options to accommodate all passenger needs. The airport offers short-term, long-term, and economy parking lots, all conveniently located within close proximity to the terminal buildings. Whether you’re going on a short trip or an extended vacation, you’ll find a parking solution that suits your requirements.

Parking Facilities

Currency Exchange and Banking Services

To facilitate international travelers, YYC houses currency exchange kiosks and banking services, making it easy to convert currencies or access financial services. These facilities provide competitive rates and reliable service, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your journey.

Airlines and Destinations

Domestic flights.

CALGARY AIRPORT (YYC) serves as a major hub for domestic flights within Canada. Several airlines operate from YYC, including Air Canada, WestJet, and Jazz Aviation, connecting Calgary to various destinations across the country. From YYC, you can easily reach popular cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Edmonton, among others.

International Flights

CALGARY AIRPORT (YYC) also offers an extensive range of international flights, connecting travelers to destinations around the globe. Airlines such as Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, British Airways, and Lufthansa provide non-stop services from YYC to major international hubs like London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, and New York, enabling seamless travel experiences worldwide.

Navigating Calgary Airport (YYC)

Check-in and security procedures↗.

When departing from YYC, it’s essential to arrive at the airport with ample time before your flight. Check-in procedures can be conveniently completed at self-service kiosks or dedicated counters, depending on your airline and flight. Once you’ve checked in, you’ll proceed through security screening, where compliance with regulations ensures the safety and smooth flow of passengers.

Immigration and Customs ↗

For international travelers arriving at YYC, immigration and customs procedures are efficiently managed to expedite entry into Canada. Upon disembarking, you’ll proceed to the immigration area, where customs officers will process your travel documents and conduct necessary inspections. It’s advisable to familiarize yourself with Canadian immigration and customs requirements before your journey.

Baggage Claim and Lost & Found ↗

After clearing immigration and customs, you’ll proceed to the baggage claim area to collect your checked luggage. YYC features well-organized baggage carousels, making it easy to locate your belongings. In the rare event that your luggage is misplaced or lost, YYC has a dedicated Lost & Found service to assist in locating and returning your items promptly.

TIPS FOR A SMOOTH TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Packing essentials and restrictions.

When preparing for your journey from CALGARY AIRPORT (YYC), it’s important to familiarize yourself with the TSA and CATSA regulations regarding carry-on and checked baggage. Pay attention to size and weight restrictions for both types of luggage, as well as the prohibited items list. Packing essentials such as travel adapters, comfortable clothing, travel-sized toiletries, and important documents like passports and boarding passes are crucial for a stress-free trip.

Airport Lounges

If you’re looking for a comfortable and tranquil space to relax before your flight, YYC offers several airport lounges. These exclusive retreats provide amenities such as comfortable seating, complimentary refreshments, Wi-Fi access, and business services. Access to these lounges can be obtained through airline loyalty programs, day passes, or certain credit cards.

Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

Staying connected while traveling is essential, and YYC offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the airport. You can easily access the internet to stay in touch with loved ones, catch up on work, or browse the web. Additionally, charging stations are strategically placed throughout the terminal buildings, allowing you to charge your electronic devices and ensure they’re fully powered for your journey.

Family-Friendly Facilities

CALGARY AIRPORT (YYC) understands the needs of traveling families and provides various family-friendly facilities. These include dedicated play areas for children, family washrooms, and stroller rental services. Additionally, YYC offers pre-boarding for families with young children, allowing you to settle in comfortably before the general boarding process begins.

Pet-Friendly Services

If you’re traveling with your furry companion, YYC offers pet relief areas both inside and outside the terminal buildings. These designated spaces provide a convenient and comfortable environment for your pets to stretch their legs and take care of their needs. It’s important to review YYC’s pet travel policies and requirements before your trip to ensure a smooth experience for both you and your pet.

Exploring Calgary: Attractions and Activities

While YYC serves as a gateway to Calgary and its surrounding areas, it’s worth taking the time to explore this vibrant city and its numerous attractions. Here are some highlights you should consider adding to your itinerary:

Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is an iconic event that showcases the city’s western heritage and culture. Held annually in July, this world-famous rodeo and exhibition attracts visitors from around the globe. From thrilling rodeo competitions to live music performances and delicious food, the Calgary Stampede offers an unforgettable experience for all ages.

Heritage Park Historical Village

Step back in time and immerse yourself in Canada’s history at the Heritage Park Historical Village. This living museum spans over 127 acres and features over 180 exhibits, including heritage buildings, costumed interpreters, and interactive activities. Experience life in the past as you explore historic homes, ride on a steam-powered train, and enjoy old-fashioned treats.

Calgary Tower

Rising 191 meters above downtown Calgary, the Calgary Tower offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Take an elevator to the observation deck and marvel at the stunning vistas while learning about the city’s history through informative displays. For an extra thrill, step onto the glass floor and feel like you’re walking on air.

Glenbow Museum

Discover the art, history, and culture of Western Canada at the Glenbow Museum. With a vast collection spanning various disciplines, including art, artifacts, and archival materials, the museum offers engaging exhibitions that showcase the region’s heritage. Explore the galleries, attend educational programs, and gain a deeper understanding of Calgary and its place in Canadian history.

Banff National Park

Just a short drive from Calgary Airport (YYC) lies the breathtaking Banff National Park. Known for its stunning landscapes, majestic mountains, and crystal-clear lakes, Banff National Park offers outdoor enthusiasts endless opportunities for adventure. Hike through scenic trails, paddle on serene lakes, spot wildlife, or simply bask in the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Nearby Hotels and Accommodations

Whether you’re seeking luxury accommodations, budget-friendly options, or the convenience of an airport hotel, YYC provides a range of choices to suit every traveler’s needs.

Luxury Hotels

For those looking to indulge in luxury, several high-end hotels are located within close proximity to YYC. These establishments offer top-notch amenities, world-class service, and sophisticated comfort, ensuring a memorable stay.

Budget-Friendly Options

Travelers on a budget will find a variety of affordable hotels and motels in the vicinity of YYC. These accommodations provide comfortable rooms, essential amenities, and convenient access to the airport, allowing you to make the most of your travel budget.

Airport Hotels

If you have an early morning flight or a layover, staying at an airport hotel can be a convenient option. CALGARY AIRPORT (YYC) is surrounded by hotels that offer shuttle services to and from the airport, allowing you to rest and recharge before or after your journey.

Ground Transportation Options

CALGARY AIRPORT (YYC) offers several transportation options to help you reach your destination in Calgary or beyond.

Car Rentals

If you prefer the freedom and flexibility of having your own vehicle, numerous car rental agencies operate at YYC. Whether you’re looking for an economy car, an SUV, or a luxury vehicle, you’ll find a wide selection to choose from. Pre-booking your rental car is recommended to ensure availability and to secure the best rates.

Taxis and Rideshares

Taxis and rideshare services are readily available at YYC, providing a convenient mode of transportation to your desired destination. Simply follow the signage to the designated pickup areas outside the terminal buildings, where you can easily hail a taxi or request a ride through popular rideshare apps.

Public Transportation

For travelers seeking an economical and environmentally friendly option, Calgary’s public transportation system offers a reliable way to navigate the city. The Calgary Transit system includes buses and the CTrain light rail, providing extensive coverage and connecting key destinations throughout the city.

Airport Shuttles

Several airport shuttle services operate at YYC, offering convenient transportation to various hotels, downtown Calgary, and other popular destinations. These shared shuttles provide a cost-effective and hassle-free way to reach your desired location, with pre-booking options available for added convenience.

Is there parking available at CALGARY AIRPORT?

Yes, CALGARY AIRPORT offers both short-term and long-term parking options for travelers. There are parking lots located conveniently close to the airport terminals, providing easy access for passengers.

How early should I arrive at CALGARY AIRPORT before my flight?

It is generally recommended to arrive at CALGARY AIRPORT at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights. This will allow you enough time for check-in, security screening, and other necessary procedures before your flight.

Can I book my flights directly from CALGARY AIRPORT’s website?

CALGARY AIRPORT’s website provides information and links to various airlines operating at the airport. While you can find flight information on the website, it is recommended to visit the respective airline’s website or use online travel agencies to book your flights.

Are there non-stop flights available from CALGARY AIRPORT to popular destinations?

Yes, CALGARY AIRPORT offers non-stop flights to popular destinations such as Toronto, Vancouver, Houston, Newark, London, and Chicago. These non-stop flights provide convenient and time-saving travel options for passengers.

Which airlines operate flights from CALGARY AIRPORT?

CALGARY AIRPORT is served by several airlines, including WestJet, Air Canada, Porter Airlines, United Airlines, Flair Airlines, American Airlines, Sunwest Aviation, and KLM. These airlines provide a wide range of flight options for both domestic and international travel.

Can I fly directly from CALGARY AIRPORT to international destinations?

Yes, CALGARY AIRPORT offers international flights to various destinations around the world. You can fly to cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Houston, Newark, London, Chicago, and Amsterdam, among others.

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What Can I Bring?

Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by reviewing the lists below. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. Read about civil penalties for prohibited items .

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The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.

Officers may ask you to power up your electronic device, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. TSA does not read or copy information from your device.

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Aerosol Insecticide

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)

Aerosol insecticides are not allowed in carry-on; however they are allowed in checked bags as long as they are not labeled as hazardous material (HAZMAT).

Air Mattress with Built-in Pump

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Air mattresses with built-in pump are allowed in carry-on bags. Please check with your airline for any size or weight restrictions.

Airbrush Make-up Machine

Devices containing lithium metal or lithium ion batteries should be carried in carry-on baggage.  Most other consumer devices containing batteries are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage.

For more information to portable electronic devices, see the FAA regulations.

Alcoholic beverages

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

Check with your airline before bringing any alcohol beverages on board. FAA regulations prohibit travelers from consuming alcohol on board an aircraft unless served by a flight attendant.  Additionally, Flight Attendants are not permitted to serve a passenger who is intoxicated.

Alcoholic beverages with more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol are limited in checked bags to 5 liters (1.3 gallons) per passenger and must be in unopened retail packaging. Alcoholic beverages with 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations in checked bags. 

Mini bottles of alcohol in carry-on must be able to comfortably fit into a single quart-sized bag.

For more information, see FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4).

Alcoholic beverages over 140 proof

  • Checked Bags: No

Alcoholic beverages with more than 70% alcohol (over 140 proof), including grain alcohol and 151 proof rum. For more information, see FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4).

Check with your airline if ammunition is allowed in checked bags. Small arms ammunitions must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask the airline about limitations or fees. Read the guidelines for traveling with firearms.

When traveling, be sure to comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international government.

  • Carry On Bags: Yes

You may transport this item in carry-on or checked bags. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Arc Lighters, Plasma Lighters, Electronic Lighters, E-Lighters

Measures must be taken to prevent unintentional activation of the heating element while on board the aircraft. Examples of effective measures to prevent unintentional activation include, but are not limited to: removing the battery from the lighter; placing the lighter into a protective case; and/or using a protective cover, safety latch, or locking device on the lighter's activation button.

Each lithium ion battery must not exceed a Watt-hour (Wh) rating of 100 Wh; or for lithium metal batteries, a lithium content of 2 grams.

Recharging of the devices and/or the batteries on board the aircraft is not permitted.

See FAA regulations for more information.

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Departures from Calgary Airport (YYC) - Today

Check the status of your flight to Calgary Airport using the information on our departures page. The data on departures times and status is frequently updated in real time. To simplify your search, you have the option to filter results by Airline or Time period, or you can use the search box to find your flight directly. Once located, you can click on the flight number or the [+] symbol next to the flight status to view more details, such as scheduled/estimated times, delays, and gate number.

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  16. Calgary International Airport

    Calgary International Airport (IATA: YYC, ICAO: CYYC), branded as YYC Calgary International Airport, is an international airport that serves the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.It is located approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of downtown and covers an area of 20.82 square kilometres (8.04 sq mi; 5,144 acres; 2,082 ha). With 18.5 million passengers in 2023 and 124,108 aircraft ...

  17. CALGARY AIRPORT (YYC): A Comprehensive Guide To Traveling And Exploring

    Welcome to the bustling and vibrant city of Calgary, where you'll find the Calgary International Airport ( YYC) ready to serve as your gateway to unforgettable adventures and seamless travel experiences. As the largest airport in Alberta, Canada, YYC is renowned for its excellent facilities, world-class services, and efficient operations.

  18. What Can I Bring? All

    Alcoholic beverages with more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol are limited in checked bags to 5 liters (1.3 gallons) per passenger and must be in unopened retail packaging. Alcoholic beverages with 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations in checked bags. Mini bottles of alcohol in carry-on must be able to comfortably fit into a ...

  19. Calgary Airport Departures

    Departures from Calgary Airport (YYC) - Today. Check the status of your flight to Calgary Airport using the information on our departures page. The data on departures times and status is frequently updated in real time. To simplify your search, you have the option to filter results by Airline or Time period, or you can use the search box to ...