After five years of construction, Monday marks a huge day for the Calgary International Airport: it’s the official opening of the new two-million-square-foot international terminal, part of the $2.6-billion expansion.
The new terminal double the size of the airport and it’s being called the most technologically advanced air terminal in Canada.
The terminal boasts automated checks-ins while customs checks will be faster with 25 new automated passport control machines.
There are dozens of shopping and dining locations and a 300 room hotel.
The first day of operations will see about 130 international flights. The first departure, at 6am was a WestJet flight to Mexico.
If you plan to be one of the thousands of passengers travelling at the new state-of-the-art facility, here are some things to know:
- The customs hall is about twice the size of the current space at YYC and there are six new highly automated screening machines at security, which should help travellers get through more quickly.
- The new terminal includes a first-of-its-kind in North America baggage system and a self-serve bag drop system that should speed up the check-in process.
- There are some parking changes for international travellers you can check out on the YYC web site.
- There are several new processes and expanded facilities to navigate, so the airport authority is suggesting you leave yourself some extra time for flights on Oct. 31.
- Because the place is so big, Monday also marks the launch of the airport’s new internal transit system. The YYC Link Shuttle is a ten-passenger electric vehicle that will speed you through the entire complex.
Those travelling to the U.S. or other interational destinations should park in the P2 parkade which is adjacent to the new terminal.
International travellers are told to leave themselves some extra time to navigate the new terminal.