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Old Posted Apr 7, 2011, 8:51 PM
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Calgary International Airport - New Terminal, Runway, Control Tower

Calgary's International Airport is about to start a major expansion project that will double the size of the terminal, add a new runway (likely with a public road and future LRT tunnel underneath), and have a new ~300 ft control tower. The cost of the entire expansion is between $2 - 2.5 billion CAD.

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Calgary International Airport (YYC) is now experiencing demand in excess of facility capacity, particularly during peak-times with limited ability to accommodate additional flights. In order to keep pace with Calgary's air transportation facility needs, a new Concourse dedicated to expanded international facilities is required.

The International Facilities Project (East Concourse) will be the single largest expansion The Calgary Airport Authority has undertaken and is being built to meet International passenger demand, YYC's fastest growing route sector.

The new International Concourse will incorporate sustainable design principles, cognizant of the need to create additional space, reduce energy consumption and minimize environmental impact and is expected to require an estimated investment of $1.4 billion.

Preliminary design activities are underway with construction scheduled to begin in 2010 and targeted for completion by 2015.
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There is a new hotel going in as well that isn't shown on the renderings, that will also work to connect the existing and the terminals more as one building.

The new terminal/expansion has more floor area than the entire existing terminal. It will cost roughly $1.4 billion CAD and is scheduled to be complete in 2015. They are aiming for at least LEED Gold.


New Parallel Runway 16L/34R:

- 14,000ft x 200ft - Will be the longest runway in Canada (taking the title from its parallel)
- New taxiways connecting to existing airfield
- New taxiway overpass over McCall Way (public road)
- New taxiway overpass over airside service road.
- To be completed in Spring of 2014.
- Estimated cost is $600 million CAD for the entire project.

Centreline of the new runway will be around 10 metres (33 feet) higher than the existing runway 16/34.



Calgary Airport Project page.
Lots more comprehensive information here.


New Air Traffic Control Tower:



The existing control tower is too short and doesn't have line of sight to the end of the new runway.

NavCanada is building a new control tower that will be roughly 300 ft tall (the controller eye height need to be something like 285'). It needs to be that tall to see the 3km (2 miles) to both the North and the south to see the ends of the runway, but particularly to the north end of the new parallel runway. The new runway is 10m higher than the existing runways, plus the tower has to view over top of the new terminal.

The tower will likely have to open up concurrently with the new runway.

It will be located here. the freshly paved lot in the middle. (Google maps link)


Airport Trail underpass/tunnel:



The construction of the runway has permanently closed a four lane high speed access road, that many people used to bypass traffic on Deerfoot Trail. To create new access, but mainly to connect future development to the rest of the road network, the city has approved $295 million dollars to build a tunnel under the roadway. Initially this tunnel would have two lanes of traffic each way, but could be expanded to have 3 lanes each way plus run an LRT connection in the future.

This tunnel will have to be built concurrently with the runway, and start this spring.

Transport Canada would not allow a tunnel similar to Atlanta's tunnel, where there are separate structures for the runway and for the parallel taxiway. Calgary's tunnel will have to be one long structure. The tunnel will be 610m long.

The city is currently in negotiations with the Airport Authority about the project, working out the fine details.


By 2015, the Airport will be significantly different than it is now.
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wow, as captain obvious would say, that is a huge expansion.
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wow, as captain obvious would say, that is a huge expansion.
Essentially, an entire new airport is being built.
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New video of the terminal up on the Airport's website:

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Air Canada Tries New Approach (Wall Street Journal)

I looked at the Air Canada route map and there are nonstops to Tokyo, London, and Frankfurt-- pretty impressive for a medium-size city. Portland, a roughly similar size city, had a very difficult time maintaining its trans-oceanic (Tokyo, Amsterdam, Frankfurt) service and had to offer the carriers subsidies. It would be interesting to see if Calgary can compete against DEN and Salt Lake and the US west coast airports for connecting international traffic, especially with the 787, since this aircraft was designed for medium-sized cities such as Calgary.

Air Canada Tries New Approach

Carrier Is Pushing Toronto, Other Canadian Hubs as Transfer Points for U.S. Travelers

By CAROLINE VAN HASSELT
Wall Street Journal
5/3/2011

"TORONTO—Air Canada has embarked on a campaign to persuade American business travelers to travel through Toronto and other Canadian hubs to Asia.

The strategy is the latest chapter in Chief Executive Calin Rovinescu's two-year effort to turn around the once-beleaguered airline, Canada's dominant carrier and North America's fifth-largest by traffic. Part of that effort involves promoting Air Canada in the transshipment business: moving passengers from one country, through a so-called gateway nation, to a third country.

Air Canada's strategy targets secondary U.S. markets, such as Boston and Cleveland. Above, an Air Canada plane prepares to land at Toronto Pearson International Airport, which is key to the airline's turnaround.

The move targets secondary U.S. markets, such as Boston, Pittsburgh and Cleveland, that don't have nonstop service to Asia. In some cases, Toronto has better weather and less congestion than the U.S. airports travelers might choose for their trans-Pacific flights..."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...googlenews_wsj
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City of Calgary - updates on the Airport Tunnel Project (re-post from YYC forum)

http://calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/...il-Tunnel.aspx
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Hotel complex just north of airport trail....


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I looked at the Air Canada route map and there are nonstops to Tokyo, London, and Frankfurt-- pretty impressive for a medium-size city. Portland, a roughly similar size city, had a very difficult time maintaining its trans-oceanic (Tokyo, Amsterdam, Frankfurt) service and had to offer the carriers subsidies.
Actually, Portland has about double the metro population of Calgary.

Calgary is a major business centre. It is also a significant place for tourists to fly on their way to the Rocky Mountains.


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It's very surprising to me Boston doesn't have nonstop service to Asia. It has more than enough population base to support it. At least you'd think so.
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Actually, Portland has about double the metro population of Calgary.

Calgary is a major business centre. It is also a significant place for tourists to fly on their way to the Rocky Mountains.




It's very surprising to me Boston doesn't have nonstop service to Asia. It has more than enough population base to support it. At least you'd think so.
ANA is starting service between Boston and Tokyo once they get a few 787s. It's the ideal plane for thinner longhaul routes like that.
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Tunnel update from city website. 2pcs of concrete poured out of 50


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Wow, massive project. It appears as though the city gave up a section of road for the runway expansion? I tried to do some reading in your paper about the project, I'm curious why the tunnel is the city's responsibility? And if an LRT link ever happens, what will the route be?
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Wow, massive project. It appears as though the city gave up a section of road for the runway expansion? I tried to do some reading in your paper about the project, I'm curious why the tunnel is the city's responsibility? And if an LRT link ever happens, what will the route be?
The road was always on airport property, and was going to be removed someday. The tunnel is city responsibility because it really is a city road, needed for future city growth. It will benefit the airport, but they don't really need it. The airport is providing some of the money for future required interchanges on the road.
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I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a site tour of the RFP/IFP/Tunnel projects last week. I figured you guys wouldn't mind seeing some pictures of it!

It's really hard to fathom the size of this whole project until you're driving around the runway site and all you can see around is earth moving equipment and dirt as far as you can see. I couldn't get close enough to the IFP to get a good picture, but the forest of columns seemed to go for forever. It seems so huge compared to the rest of the airport.

No pictures of the runway earthworks in general because it would be hard to show anything particularly interesting. It's just a ton of dirt being moved all over the freaking place.

Photos are spoilered for huge/lazy.
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All from this album: https://picasaweb.google.com/1161717...21599430779154
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http://www.naiopcalgary.com/document...20YYC%20SP.pdf

A bit more information on YYC Global Aviation Park and some other updates.
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