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Old 04-07-2011, 02:56 PM   #1
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Lots of work is going to be happening at and around the airport in the next few years, this is a thread to discuss the work, and to let people know what is going on there.


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.

International Facilities Project (New Terminal):



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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.
Calgary Airport Project Page
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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.

City of Calgary Project Page.


By 2015, the Airport will be significantly different than it is now.

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This is good news. The airport in its' current state is an embarrassment.
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There's a lot of people out there that don't know everything that will be going on at the airport. Really, altogether, it's a massive project. The terminal might be the largest construction project in the city's history.
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This is good news. The airport in its' current state is an embarrassment.
They sure like to re-renovate that airport though.
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They sure like to re-renovate that airport though.
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That international arrivals area seems to change every 6 months.

I just want more stores/food outlets once you get past security. No offence to Tim Horton's but Tim Horton's sucks balls.
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Ever been through a major airport like Frankfurt or London-Heathrow? Constant renovation and upgrades of existing facilities is the standard operating procedure.
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That international arrivals area seems to change every 6 months.

I just want more stores/food outlets once you get past security. No offence to Tim Horton's but Tim Horton's sucks balls.
I imagine a renovation of the B/C pier will follow the construction of the new terminal. However, at that point the B/C pier might not be used much until more passenger growth happens.
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The parallel 16/34's will make things much better, goodbye to HIROP's and SIROP's and LAHSO procedures.

Over at SSP we have a forumer who is one of the ATC controllers in Edmonton that handles YYC arrivals and departures, his insight to the ops with the new runway have been very interesting. They've been waiting more than a decade for this runway, and are very happy to see it coming down the pipeline finally.
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I imagine a renovation of the B/C pier will follow the construction of the new terminal. However, at that point the B/C pier might not be used much until more passenger growth happens.
Renovate it and I'm sure Westjet can pickup a lot of the gate space if they continue to expand and grow.
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Incehon, Narita, Kansai, Hong Kong Intnl, Suvarnabhumi, etc etc.

Difference is they have a sound foundation and they are major internationals. Calgary is a remnant from the past patchworked to be functional that has been in need of major changes/additions - not renovations.
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cool!

one question though? I tried to google search this but can't seem to find the answer what does 16L/34R mean?
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cool!

one question though? I tried to google search this but can't seem to find the answer what does 16L/34R mean?
When you have parallel runways you need to find a way to distinguish them from one another.

Currently YYC has only one runway 16/34 (the numbers are the magnetic headings rounded off). So when we have two 16/34 runways there will be a 16R (right) and 16L (left) and same for the 34 sides.

If you were to have 3 runways in parallel then the centre runway would get the 'C' designator for centre.
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i sure hope that they do not any more choices for food once you clear security at international - i'd miss taunting those international travellers with my tray of food from 9 or 10 of the best fast food vendors availible on the domestic side.......

surely timmies and harvey's is more than sufficient for someone about to get on a airplane for 6 or more hours......
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cool!

one question though? I tried to google search this but can't seem to find the answer what does 16L/34R mean?
the existing runway is 16/34 (to be renamed 16R/34L), which means that approaching one end of the runway the planes heading is 160 degrees, and approaching the other end is 340 degrees. Since there will be two parallel runways, they need to be differentiated. L and R stand for left and right. When approaching the new runways from the north the new runway will be on the left (hence 16L) and the existing runway will be on the right (16R).

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perfect, thanks guys. I googled how runways are named and that helped me a lot too.
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When you have parallel runways you need to find a way to distinguish them from one another.

Currently YYC has only one runway 16/34 (the numbers are the magnetic headings rounded off). So when we have two 16/34 runways there will be a 16R (right) and 16L (left) and same for the 34 sides.

If you were to have 3 runways in parallel then the centre runway would get the 'C' designator for centre.
Not rounded off, more like truncated.
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Also, some airports have more than 3 parallel runways. Some have 4, and Atlanta for example, has 5 parallel runways.

When there is 4 parallel, two of the runways will have their heading number changed by 1. For example, there would be 16L,16R, 17L, and 17R

Atlanta has 9R-27L, 9L-27R, 8R-26L, 8L-26R, & 10-28 - all parallel.

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