A guide to Calgary International Airport (YYC)

Calgary Airport is home to four runways and two terminals and is the fourth-busiest airport in Canada.

A plane lands at Calgary Airport. Image credit: wwing/iStock
A plane lands at Calgary Airport. Image credit: wwing/iStock

While Calgary Airport’s IATA callsign YYC, may not seem intuitive, the airport has embraced it, using the callsign as its web address and branding the airport as YYC through its signage. If you plan to navigate its terminals, having an airport map can be a helpful tool.

Airlines flying out of YYC

Calgary Airport separates its international and domestic flights into two terminals. The Domestic Terminal hosts three concourses, and the International Terminal hosts two: one for U.S.-bound flights, and one for flights headed to other international destinations. Take a look at the airlines and destinations you can reach from Calgary Airport.

Airlines flying within Canada

  • Air Canada
  • Air Canada Express
  • Air North
  • Air Transat
  • Central Mountain Air
  • Flair Airlines
  • Northern Air
  • WestJet
  • WestJet Encore
  • WestJet Link

Airlines flying to the United States

  • Air Canada
  • Air Canada Express
  • Air Canada Rouge
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • American Eagle
  • Delta Airlines
  • Delta Connection
  • Frontier Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • United Express
  • WestJet

Airlines flying to other destinations in the Americas

  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Air Transat
  • Sunwing Airlines
  • WestJet

Airlines flying to Europe

  • Air Canada
  • Air Transat
  • British Airways
  • Condor
  • Edelweiss Air
  • KLM
  • WestJet

Airlines flying to Asia

  • Air Canada
  • Hainan Airlines

Calgary Airport lounges

You’ll find airport lounges in both the International and Domestic Terminals at YYC.

Domestic Terminal

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

This lounge is open to Air Canada passengers flying in first class or business class, Elite members of Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program, Star Alliance Gold members and premium passengers, and holders of various Air Canada-branded American Express or CIBC credit cards.

A wide variety of comfortable seating awaits you at this lounge, including several Arts & Crafts-style mission chairs. The business center, which is well-equipped, features individual cubicles to help you focus on your work. At the hot and cold buffet, you can expect a soup and salad bar and several hot dishes, as well as snacks.

Chinook Lounge

This lounge is available on a pay-at-the-door basis to all passengers with same-day boarding passes for domestic flights only. Priority Pass members also have access to this lounge. Guests can enjoy excellent views of the tarmac or sit around a fireplace. The lounge serves premium beers and liquor on a self-serve basis, but the cold buffet is limited to finger sandwiches and snacks.

International Terminal

Aspire Lounges

You’ll find two Aspire Lounges in Calgary’s International Terminal: one in the international departure concourse and one for trans-border travelers headed to the U.S.

The international Aspire Lounge is open to Priority Pass members and business-class travelers on WestJet. Other travelers can also purchase one-day passes when space permits. Seating options include communal tables, high-top seating, dining booths, and traditional lounge armchairs, many of which enjoy a view of the terminal. A nap area features daybeds, each of which has its own TV as well as a curtain for privacy. Showers are available if you want to freshen up. The hot and cold buffet in this lounge offers a wide variety of dishes and desserts, along with a self-serve bar.

Premium Air Canada passengers can also take advantage of the trans-border Aspire Lounge, which offers private and pod seating among its options. Some dining tables feature individual TVs, so you can watch while you eat, and the hot and cold buffet offers ample and varied dishes. Enjoy a craft beer on tap, or pour yourself a drink from the self-serve bar.

Relax with a coffee between flights. Image credit: iStock
Relax with a coffee between flights. Image credit: iStock

Calgary Airport hotels

YYC is home to two in-terminal hotels: The Delta Calgary Airport Hotel and the Calgary Airport Marriott.

Delta Hotels Calgary Airport In-Terminal

This four-star hotel is accessible just by walking across a skyway from the Domestic Terminal and features soundproof windows to help you get a good night’s sleep. Enjoy dining at either of the two on-site restaurants at Delta Hotel and take advantage of versatile meeting space to meet with clients and colleagues productively. The fitness center and indoor pool at Delta Hotels Calgary Airport In-Terminal help can you unwind from your flight.

Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel

Steps away from baggage claim is the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel, which caters to business travelers with meeting venues featuring built-in tech, high-speed Wi-Fi, and a distinctive urban vibe. The fitness center is open 24/7, or head to the indoor pool to unwind. You can also meet clients at the hotel’s Yakima Social Kitchen + Bar, as it’s accessible without having to go through airport security. Guest rooms offer dramatic views of the Rocky Mountains or the Calgary skyline, and soundproof windows ensure a good night’s sleep.

Services at Calgary Airport

YYC provides plenty of opportunities for help, relaxation, and entertainment throughout the airport. Take a look at some of the available services at Calgary Airport.

Baggage protection

Luggage storage and lockers are available on the Arrivals level. You must show a boarding pass and photo ID to take advantage of these services. In addition, the Safe Bag packing service wraps strollers, bicycles, or luggage in protective covering for shipping or checking through.

Wellness services

Stop at OraOxygen Wellness Spa to give yourself a boost with oxygen treatments or aromatherapy. You can also enjoy full-body massages, mani/pedis, and facials here, and showers are available for travelers who want to freshen up before boarding. Also in the Domestic Terminal, Taylor & Colt offers haircuts and hot shaves. In addition, self-serve massage chairs are available for a small fee throughout the airport.

Interfaith services

Religious services are provided by chaplains from a wide variety of faith traditions in the domestic terminal. The interfaith chapel, which is on the mezzanine level, is open during daytime hours for meditation and prayer.

Children’s services and amenities

Nursing mothers can find private rooms for changing and feeding babies in Concourses A and C, as well as near the Baggage Carousel on the Arrivals level. In addition, family restrooms in the International Terminal offer baby changing facilities.

Children can get rid of excess energy at playgrounds in all terminals. Look for the play areas at Gates D70, D80, E70, and E82. Add education to your children’s fun at SpacePort, an interactive exhibit that uses communication and computer tech to teach kids about aeronautics and space, and don’t miss the chance to ride in a flight simulator. In addition, Flappers Arcade in Concourse A keeps your little ones entertained with video games and pinball machines.

Pinball machines at the Calgary airport will keep everyone happy. Image credit: wesvandinter/iStock
Pinball machines at the airport will keep everyone happy. Image credit: wesvandinter/iStock

Airport volunteers

Look for White Hat Volunteers if you have questions for finding your way through the airport. You’ll be able to identify them by their red vests and white cowboy hats.

Office assistance

Head to The UPS Store in the Domestic Terminal if you need copying or printing services. The store can also help you with last-minute mailing and packaging, or you can pick up any office supplies you may need. Mailbox rental is also available if you pass through this airport frequently.

Calgary Airport shops

Shopping at Calgary Airport tends toward the practical, with some duty-free and just plain fun shopping opportunities thrown in.

Domestic Terminal

In Concourses A, B, and C in the domestic terminal, you can find all the practical necessities you need to make traveling more pleasant, as well as some fun gifts. Augment your toiletries kit with a stop at the Benefit Cosmetics kiosk, and you’ll find other health and wellness items at Sandstone Pharmacies. You can update your traveling electronics at Best Buy Express or iStore.

Take home some of the best Canada has to offer by way of fine liquors and chocolates with a stop at Cloud 9, Skyway Wine and Liquor, The Sweet Factory, or Cococo Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut. Indulge yourself with some last-minute fun at Life is Good, and don’t forget to pick up reading material for the plane at Hudson News or Relay. If you need to take home a special gift, browse the jewelry offerings at Swarovski, or head to Who’s Who at the Zoo to surprise a child waiting for your return.

International Terminal – International Concourse

This terminal is where you’ll find Calgary’s duty-free shopping opportunities. Stop in at Calgary Duty-Free to pick up top brands in fragrances, liquors, tobacco, and electronics. You’ll also find delicious local chocolates at Cococo Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut.

If you need to augment your wardrobe, Desigual is ready to help, or head to Lammle’s Western Wear to get ready for the Calgary Stampede. Choose an intriguing piece of jewelry to enhance an outfit or to give as a gift at Metalsmiths Sterling. Travel accessories await you at Travel + Leisure, and you can pick up reading material and other essentials at Relay and Hudson News.

International Terminal – U.S. Trans-border Concourse

More duty-free shopping awaits you at Calgary Duty-Free in this concourse, and you’ll find several of the most popular shops from other concourses duplicated here as well. Enjoy a special treat at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and pick up gifts at Who’s Who at the Zoo, Lammle’s Western Wear, Metalsmiths Sterling, and Travel + Leisure. Hudson News and Relay stock your travel necessities.

Restaurants at Calgary Airport

Calgary Airport’s dining options have recently undergone some renovation, providing new choices for travelers used to passing through this airport.

Domestic Terminal

  • The Burger Federation: Enjoy an international spin on your burger at this new spot that cooks with only locally sourced Angus beef.
  • Compass Restaurant: Head to this restaurant in the Delta Hotel for a sumptuous breakfast buffet that will keep you happy all day long.
  • North 51° Steakhouse: Also in the Delta Hotel is this renowned steakhouse, considered one of Calgary’s best.
  • Vino Volo: Enjoy fine wines by the glass or the flight at this relaxing wine bar that also serves small plates.
  • Montana’s BBQ and Bar: The full-service bar at this table-service restaurant pairs perfectly with the sizzling steaks and ribs.
  • La Prep Daily Fresh: This grab-and-go spot features healthy, innovative sandwiches and salads made with ultra-fresh ingredients.
  • Chachi’s Sandwich Bar: With freshly baked buns and bread every day, this sandwich shop delivers hearty sandwiches that are ideal if you’re in a hurry or need to grab and go.

International Terminal – International Concourse

  • Vin Room: As the largest airport wine bar in Canada, this relaxing spot serves 80 different wines by the glass. Don’t miss the lobster nachos, and don’t overlook this bar at breakfast, when it serves creative dishes like wild boar ragu poutine.
  • Chilis: This airport outpost of the popular chain serves up freshly grilled meats and Southwestern specialties.
  • Yakima Social Kitchen + Bar: This table-service restaurant in the Marriott serves an innovative menu prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

International Terminal – U.S. Transborder Concourse

  • Belgian Beer Bar: In addition to a wide array of Belgian beers on tap, you can munch on Belgian specialties (waffles and French fries, anyone?).
  • Spolumbo’s Fine Food and Deli: The sausages at this Calgary deli have been local favorites for decades, and you won’t want to miss them here.
  • The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck: This airport-only restaurant from one of the world’s most famous chefs has been winning acclaim, and when you stop in, you’ll see why as you try Puck’s innovative interpretation of comfort food.

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