SOURCE: The Calgary Airport Authority

The Calgary Airport Authority

December 08, 2015 11:00 ET

YYC Holiday Travel Tips

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 08, 2015) - December is the busiest time of year at Calgary International Airport (YYC), so if you are one of the thousands of passengers travelling during this period, here are some helpful tips to help you avoid stress or delays.

Arrive Early at YYC

Be sure to leave plenty of time to get to the airport as there may be unpredictable weather and road conditions, along with increased passenger volumes. For those that arrive early, there are a number of events taking place at the airport for travellers to enjoy, in addition to over 135 shops and services. Click here to learn more about YYC's retail, and food and beverage options.

Know what to pack and learn what to expect during the security process

Passenger and baggage security screening at airports in Canada is provided by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). For details on what you can pack, travel checklists and general information to help avoid delays during this important process, please go to www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca.

Know your check-in options and arrival time information

Each airline sets its own recommended check-in time based on the destination. Be sure to check with your airline to find out the best time to arrive for your flight. Make sure to use your airline's web check in services to save time. Check-in as early as 24 hours prior to your departure, choose your seats and print your boarding passes in advance of your flight. Check your airline's website for more information.

Know your Baggage Allowances

Each airline determines its own luggage allowance policies. Luggage restrictions can include weight, number of bags permitted, number of bags to be checked without charge, as well as size and number of carry-on items permitted on-board. Check with your airline for more information.

Explore your Parking and Ground Transportation Options

To help make your travel plans even smoother, YYC's parking rate calculator and maps are available on yyc.com to help you find the best lot to match your travel parking needs. As December is YYC's busiest time of year, parking spots do fill quickly, so you'll want to leave some additional time to find parking when arriving at the airport. The good news is that we have a spot for everyone!

You can park closer this holiday season in YYC's surface Economy Lot with rates as low as $11.50 per day or $54.95 per week. YYC offers attractive parking rates in all of its lots, including long-term parking for $119.95 per week. With so many choices, parking at YYC has never been easier. Visit yyc.com for more information.

Picking someone up at YYC over the holidays? Plan to use the Cell Phone Park and Wait lot. The Cell Phone lot is located on the north side of Airport Road (just to the right as you enter YYC), before the parkade entrance -- just look for the purple and white signs. Arriving passengers will be able to collect their items, call their ride waiting in the Cell Phone lot and meet them at the designated area on the Arrivals Level. Fast, easy and free!

Other ground transportation options include taxis, sedans, the Airport Downtown Shuttle or Calgary Transit. Associated Cab and Allied Limousine are YYC's on-demand taxi and sedan ground transportation services available on the Arrivals Level 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Don't forget to download Associated Cab's easy-to-use and free app if you're looking to book your trip to the airport.

Visit yyc.com for more information on these great transportation options.

Lots of Events and Entertainment at YYC this Holiday Season!

While visiting YYC over the holidays, be sure to check out some of the many festive events and special performances taking place throughout the airport:

  • YYC's Festival of Trees
    • Located throughout the airport are trees decorated in a variety of themes by our very own YYC community.
  • Photos with Santa
    • Santa is visiting YYC and will be taking photos with children from December 10 - 12 between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the Departures level near Montana's.
  • Free Gift Wrapping
    • Leave your packages unwrapped to speed your way through security, but volunteers will be wrapping presents behind security for those travelling through Concourses A and C, from December 18 - 24.
  • Story Time with Mrs. Claus
    • Mrs. Claus will be also dropping into YYC to read stories and colour with kids of all ages in Concourses A and C from December 21 - 23.
  • Choirs, quartets and bands
    • Over 17 performances including many from our first-ever Holiday Music Program will be taking place from December 11 - 22 near International Arrivals.

So whether you're dropping someone off or travelling to visit your loved ones this season, YYC will have a little something to help make your holidays even brighter. For the full event schedule go to www.yyc.com/festive

ABOUT THE CALGARY AIRPORT AUTHORITY

The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Regional Airports Authorities Act of Alberta. The Calgary Airport Authority is responsible for the management, operation and development of Calgary International (YYC) and Springbank (YBW) Airports. YYC is an important economic engine for the city, region and province, generating over $8 billion per annum in economic activity.

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:

    Media Relations
    The Calgary Airport Authority
    Media line: 403 735 5899