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YYC Airport ranked No. 1 in North America's 'large' global gateways

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Kenneth Chan Jun 07, 2019 11:19 am

Calgary International Airport (YYC) is at the top of the list when it comes to being a ‘large’ international gateway in North America.

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A new report by OAG, a global travel data analysis firm, ranked YYC the first with its 43 international flight routes, ahead of Edmonton International Airport (YEG) with 21 routes and Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) with 20 routes.

YYC, YEG, and YOW only excel as these airports have been classified in the ‘large’ airport group, based on the airport’s proportion of departing seat capacity in North America.

Vancouver International Airport, Toronto International Airport, Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and North America’s largest airports were in the pinnacle ‘major’ group, with all three of these airports achieving a ranking in the top 10.

YYC also ranked second in the ‘large’ airport category with 10.74 million international seats — just behind Portland International Airport’s 11.96 million international seats and ahead of Dallas Love Field Airport’s 10.47 million international seats.

OAG data indicates YYC’s number of destinations grew from 68 in 2017-18 to 74 in 2018-19.

With continued growth, in a few years, YYC could qualify to be classified under the ‘major’ airport group with the rest of the continent’s largest airports.

OAG’s latest analysis is based on databases over a 12-month period between June 2018 and May 2019.

Top 10 Most International Large Airports

  1. Calgary (43 international routes)
  2. Edmonton (21 international routes)
  3. Macdonald-Cartier (20 international routes)
  4. Oakland (13 international routes)
  5. Portland (12 international routes)
  6. San Jose Norman Y. Minta (12 international routes)
  7. Houston William P. Hobby (9 international routes)
  8. Raleigh-Durham (7 international routes)
  9. Pittsburgh (7 international routes)
  10. Austin-Bergstrom (7 international routes)
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