Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG/CYWG)


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“Top Up” – connecting US west coast with countries in the EU
Consider connecting the US west coast with Europe over Winnipeg – the new air bilateral agreement between Canada and the EU puts Winnipeg on the map for any carrier that wants to link the US and Europe. By taking advantage of the new agreement and using fifth freedoms, you can carry passengers and cargo between the US and Winnipeg, the US and Europe, and Winnipeg and Europe.

Other Major reasons to serve this airport

Beautifully shot – the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: filmed on location in Winnipeg along with several other mainstream movies. The airport, which opens a new terminal in 2010, believes industry access by Hollywood alone would justify an LA service.

Do you need other reasons? Manitoba (Winnipeg) offers unique arctic experiences, Northern Lights adventures, close up viewing of polar bears and snorkelling with beluga whales….

  • “Manitoba (Winnipeg) serves a growing population greatly driven by international immigrants choosing to live in our province.” Manitoba is attracting people from all corners of the world as the preferred location for their new home.” (Andrew Swan, Minister of Competitiveness, Training, and Trade)
  • Population of Manitoba is 1.2 million with a 2.5 million catchment area.
  • The new Canada museum for Human Rights will be Canada’s first national museum outside of our nation’s capital city of Ottawa. The museum is expected to have a significant draw of people from around the globe.
  • Manitoba offers visitors a broad range of activities from fishing and hunting to week long festivals. Museums, art galleries, theatres and other cultural attractions such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba opera draw tourists annually.
  • Unique arctic experiences, including northern light adventures, close up viewing of polar bears and snorkelling with beluga whales, is only a short flight from Winnipeg.

Marketing and other support

Marketing Manitoba: Look out for some big promotions - 2010 marks Manitoba's birthday and it's being celebrated with a year- long party.

Winnipeg’s professional marketing team offers airlines substantive market intelligence. We have a proven record of creating successful tailor-made campaigns supported by our local government, business and tourism communities. Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is an integral economic driver for our community and we are proud to be a leader in its growth and development.

Catchment Area

The province of Manitoba is home to Winnipeg, Canada’s seventh largest city. Located at the geographic center of North America, Winnipeg boasts a highly diversified economy with national and world class cultural and sporting entities. In 2012, 3.4 million passengers moved through Canada’s newest and greenest airport accessing North American and international destinations. The city of Winnipeg is booming and all economic indicators suggest this trend will be sustainable well into the future. Visit www.waa.ca for more information on the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.

Winnipeg is by far the dominant airport within region with:

  • Almost three times the capacity of the next largest competitor.
  • Nearly twice the number of destinations with direct scheduled service.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Winnipeg is Canada's busiest dedicated freighter airport, as measured by the number of flights per day. Freight customers include western Canada's largest and most diversified aerospace centre with companies such as Standard Aero, Boeing Canada Technology and Bristol Aerospace.

  • Winnipeg is Canada’s busiest dedicated freighter airport, as measured by the number of flights per day.
  • Goods from Winnipeg can reach anywhere in the world within 48 hours taking advantage of Winnipeg’s:
    • 24-hour international airport
    • Three major North American rail networks (CN, CP, BNSF)
    • Major trucking routes, including the TransCanada Highway and direct access to the US Interstate Highway system.
  • The local economy historically sees very steady economic growth each year. Among the industries driving our economic performance are aerospace, manufacturing, agriculture, telecom, financial services and media. The cumulative performance of these industries coupled with our overall diversity is helping to maintain positive growth while the global economy continues to experience a downturn.
  • Over 50% of Canadian agricultural machinery output is manufactured in Manitoba.
  • Western Canada’s largest and most diversified aerospace centre. World-class companies include: Standard Aero Limited, Boeing Canada Technology and Bristol Aerospace Limited
  • Fashion – the third largest garment production centre in Canada. Winnipeg firms include: Mondetta, Gemini Fashions, Nygard International, Western Glove Works, Standard Knitting and Prosperity Knitwear
  • Manitoba is expected to be one of the top three economic producers in Canada in 2009 primarily driven by growth in the agricultural sector, construction and manufacturing.

Winnipeg is Canada's busiest dedicated freighter airport, as measured by the number of flights per day. Freight customers include western Canada's largest and most diversified aerospace centre with companies such as Standard Aero, Boeing Canada Technology and Bristol Aerospace.

Geography

Strategic location

  • Geographic centre of Canada
  • Northern hub of the Mid-Continent Trade Corridor

Excellent Transportation and Distribution

  • Largest distribution centre between Vancouver and Toronto
  • One of the most reliable airports in the world, leveraging less than two hours in downtime annually
  • Easy access to ocean ports through Churchill and Thunder Bay
  • Worldwide freight forwarding services

Diverse Industry and Leading Companies

  • Headquarters of both Canada’s largest insurance and mutual fund company
  • Canada’s grain industry headquarters and Canada’s only Commodity Exchange
  • Home of Royal Canadian Mint
  • One of the most diversified secondary manufacturing sectors in Canada
  • Western Canada’s largest and most diversified aerospace centre, including GE’s testing facility

Competitive Combined Business Costs

  • Study done by KPMG in 2008, showed Winnipeg among lowest overall business costs of major cities
  • Overall Winnipeg cost indexes are lower than Canadian average

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways (number and length): 2
    • 18/36 is 11,000 ft x 200 ft wide with ILS Cat II at RWY 36
    • 13/31 is 8,700 ft x 200 ft wide with ILS Cat I at both ends
  • Operating hours: 24 – One of the few 24-hour international airports in North America with daily flights to major Canadian and US cities
  • Warehouse Space for Cargo: 31,000m2 including 2 multi-tenant cargo terminal facilities
  • Dedicated Common Use Cargo Apron: 72,297m2
  • Aircraft Repair Maintenance and Overhaul on site
  • New terminal building opened in Oct, 2011
  • Jet bridges: 11 bridges with GPU’s with capacity to manage all aircraft sizes
  • CBSA and US FIS facilities on site (US FIS open 05:00 to 18:00)
  • Central De-icing Facility operated by Servisair
  • New terminal building fully automated with common use counters and hardware
  • Annual passenger traffic: 3.4 million (8th largest in Canada)
  • Annual cargo traffic: over 174,000 metric tons of cargo (3rd largest in Canada)
Winnipeg Facts

Working night and day: The new terminal will include a four-level car park when it opens in 2010; Canada Post is also relocating its western Canada mail sorting centre to the airport in time for a 2010 opening.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • New 4 level parking structure: 1,559 stalls
  • New airport terminal building: 51,000 m2 : ready mid 2010
  • New Greyhound bus terminal: scheduled to open summer 2009
  • Canada Post is in the process of relocating its western Canada mail sorting centre to the airport with an expected completion date of early 2010.

Vital Statistics

Winnipeg Facts

  • Overall passenger traffic reached almost 3.4 million in 2012.
  • Significant presence of Canada’s national passenger airlines: WestJet and Air Canada (mainline and regional). Year round transborder operations by United and Delta; Seasonal transborder operated by WestJet and Air Transat
  • Busiest all-cargo airport in Canada with more than 5,000 freighter landings in 2012
  • Freighters carry approximately 93% of total cargo
  • Central Canada hub for Purolator, Cargojet and FedEx

Financials

Annual report: http://www.waa.ca/waa/about/publications

Airport charges: http://www.waa.ca/business/schedule

Other relevant financial reports: http://www.waa.ca/publicationsandstats