CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - October 06, 2016) - The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has announced the renaming of Calgary International Airport to 'YYC Calgary International Airport'. The new name proclaimed today is effective immediately.
YYC has been the official IATA code throughout the airport's history and will now be enshrined permanently in its official new name: YYC Calgary International Airport.
Garth Atkinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Calgary Airport Authority, stated that, "We branded the airport publicly as YYC in 2008 and the tremendous positive reaction of the Calgary community led us to initiate discussions with Transport Canada and Minister Garneau's office regarding the official re-naming of the airport. The iconic YYC brand has grown to symbolize the city we serve and businesses we support and is now used in the everyday language of Calgarians. We are very pleased that this brand has been formally incorporated into our official airport name."
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, stated that, "YYC has both historical and future relevance to the airport facility and has become synonymous with the wider Calgary community." Additionally, MLA for Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill, Karen McPherson, noted the change had her full endorsement as "the YYC brand is now used extensively by the city of Calgary, various civic organizations and the media."
Cindy Ady, President of Tourism Calgary noted that, "Calgary International Airport is an important pillar and economic driver for the city and Tourism Calgary uses YYC in its Calgary campaigns." Mary Moran, President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development, stated that, "the YYC brand has infiltrated the psyche and vocabulary of everyday Calgarians, has grown along with the growth in social media and is now ubiquitous when describing Calgary." Adam Legge, President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber stated that, "YYC is now a key part of the city's lexicon and image and is used in major civic communications such as the YYC is Open campaign after the 2013 floods."
The new airport name will be visible on airport signage and the airport's website.
ABOUT THE CALGARY AIRPORT AUTHORITY
The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital organization, incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act, and is responsible for the management, maintenance and development of YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank Airport (YBW) under long-term lease from the Government of Canada. The Authority has invested over $4 billion into the continued development of YYC, opening Canada's longest runway in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016. YYC is a key economic driver for Calgary and Alberta, generating more than $8 billion in economic activity annually and creating 48,000 jobs.