One of the biggest airports in western Canada, Calgary International Airport (YYC) is located 13 miles (20km) northeast of downtown Calgary. The spacious and sunny terminal handles more than 12 million people every year, making it one of Canada’s busiest airports.
Flights to Calgary International Airport come in from all over the continent, including major hubs like Los Angeles, Cancun, Edmonton, Portland, Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Winnipeg, Salt Lake City, Honolulu, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle and Denver. You can also get international flights from Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Zurich, and Glasgow.
Calgary is an important business destination in Western Canada, but even more people fly into Calgary Airport for a taste of Alberta’s wilder side, with easy access to Glacier National Park, the pristine Lake Louise, and hiking opportunities in Banff. The busiest time to fly here is definitely during the Calgary Stampede though, when the city is filled with more cowboys than you can count!
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Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is located 22 miles (35km) from Halifax city center. It is Canada’s seventh-busiest airport, serving more than 3.5 million passengers each year. Flights to Halifax International arrive from across Canada, the US and Europe.
Since 1998, extensive construction has been underway, including runway renovations and terminal and car park expansions. Efforts are also being focused on improving the aesthetics of the airport with an observation deck and terminal upgrades. Perhaps one of the most significant enhancements at the airport is its new pre-clearance area, which saves travelers a lot of time when boarding a flight to the US.
Currently in the seventh and final phase of its Airport Restoration Program, Halifax International will see taxiway and aircraft apron renovations in 2011. Delays are to be expected, but the program will soon have the airport in better shape than ever.
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Lester B. Pearson International
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is only 14 miles (22.5km) from downtown Toronto. Despite being Canada’s busiest airport, it’s a pleasant facility to experience, largely due to the staff who have a reputation for being friendly and helpful.
Toronto Pearson International is well-equipped to deal with most passenger needs. It has a great selection of shopping and dining options and it is well-serviced by public transport.
It’s also well served by major airlines. More than 50 carriers offer flights to Toronto International Airport. It is a hub for Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Transat, CanJet, SunWing Airlines and WestJet.
With its two terminals and great connectivity both locally and internationally, Toronto Pearson International Airport is a great choice when flying to Canada.
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Montréal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Located roughly 12 miles (20km) from downtown Montreal, Montreal Trudeau International Airport (YUL) serves Greater Montreal, along with parts of northern New York and Vermont.
The third-busiest airport in Canada, Montreal-Trudeau processes nearly 13 million passengers each year. Although the airport has state-of-the-art facilities and is pleasant enough, there are frequent complaints about long, slow-moving queues, disorganized customs and security processing, and a lack of adequate staffing.
Flights to Montreal Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport are available from all over the world, including Mexico City, Barbados, Brussels, Barcelona, Cancun, Calgary, Paris, Toronto, Dallas, Chicago, London, New York, Rome, Amsterdam, Casablanca, Doho, Lisbon, Munich and Panama City, among others. While flights may be convenient, don’t plan on quick stopovers at Montreal-Trudeau as the long queues may turn into a missed connection.
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Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has a wide range of non-stop flights to Europe, Asia and the Americas and is conveniently located only 7.5 miles (12km) from downtown Vancouver.
What’s special about this airport is that it is located on Sea Island, just across the river from Vancouver. A large conservation project, it is designed to offset the environmental impact of the airport
Passengers using Vancouver International will find that there’s a lot to do at the airport. Shopping ranges from small souvenirs to great duty-free items. There is a variety of restaurants and snack bars and there’s a host of other services to enjoy. As the second-busiest airport in Canada, it is easy to find flights to Vancouver International. The airport is a regional hub for Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and Air Transat.
Vancouver International Airport is the gateway to the famously cosmopolitan city of Vancouver and the natural charms of western Canada. There is plenty to do at the airport, and with its friendly staff and beautiful surroundings this is a great introduction to the region.
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