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Calgary International Airport Information

Serving southern Alberta, Calgary International Airport is a facility that it constantly upgrading itself. It began in 1914 as a grass airstrip in Bowness. It moved to Renfrew in 1928 and to its present location in 1938 when it was renamed McCall Field, after Fred McCall, a pioneer in Canadian aviation and World War I flying ace.

The airport was taken over by the Canadian government in 1940 and dedicated to the country's World War II efforts. During the time, four runways and five hangars were added to facilities. A new terminal that was the most modern in Canada at that time opened in 1956, but was made obsolete by the jet age. The present terminal opened in 1977. Originally owned by the City of Calgary, The Calgary Airport Authority took over airport operations in 1992 and has spent $1 billion since then on airport improvements. A $3 billion program that will see a new terminal, another runway and more parking facilities is planned for the next 10 years.

The airport uses three runways today. The longest is 12,675 feet and the shortest is 6,200 feet long. The only terminal has 70 check-in counters. It also has trans-border check-in facilities, which means that U.S. citizens can go through U.S. customs and immigration procedures at the airport.

More than 237,000 planes took off or landed at the airport in 2011, making it Canada's fourth busiest airport with more than 12.8 million passengers using the facility. Trivia fans should note these planes fill up with .4 million gallons of fuel a day.

Thirteen commercial airlines operate out of Calgary International. These airlines offer non-stop flights to major cities in Canada, the United States, Asia, and Europe, as well as connections to other destinations around the world. The airport serves as headquarters for WestJet and as a hub for Air Canada and Air Canada Express.

Calgary is world-famous for its annual Stampede, but the airport plays upon it year 'round with its White Hat Volunteers. Wearing white Stetsons and red vests, the volunteers are located throughout the terminal to assist passengers needing help. They also are the official greeters to Calgary. This ceremony is available not just to dignitaries, but anyone can make advance arrangements for their special arriving passengers.

Free WiFi is located throughout the airport for passengers with laptops.

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