by the Calgary Airport Authority
Canada’s third-busiest and fastest-growing airport is about to open the country’s longest runway. At 14,000 feet long and 200 feet wide, the new runway will bring more people and add more destinations to the already extensive worldwide network enjoyed by the 14.3 million travelers who pass through YYC annually.
Planning for the runway dates back to the 1970s, and the mega-project features many of the latest technological advances, including:
- CAT III (a) instrument landing system, aiding aircraft in low visibility operations
- More than 5,000 LED lights incorporated into the runway and taxiways inset and edge lighting
Completing this massive and state-of-the-art airfield system project was a major milestone for the Authority and the city and province it serves. To mark this milestone, the Authority reached out to the community to get their ideas on how it should be celebrated. The Authority first turned to social media with the YYC “30 Days, 300 Ideas” campaign, which encouraged the public to share their best ideas on how we should celebrate the completion of the runway. Participants shared far more than our initial goal of 300 ideas. From concepts ranging from public hot air balloon rides to world record-breaking domino chains, the ideas were diverse and creative! In the end, the winning ideas were to host a run and open the runway to family-fun activities and displays, which meant quickly starting work on planning a full weekend of public activities themed the “YYC Run and Roam the Runway”.
On June 14, the Authority kicked off the weekend events with the “Run the Runway” fun run, with 1,400 participants racing (or walking and cruising in a state-of-the-art wheelchair) on a 5 K or 8.4 K run under a clear Calgary sky. On June 15, more than 10,000 guests signed up to “Roam the Runway,“ where guests were treated to some of Calgary’s best food truck treats, a ton of kids events and activities and 36 of the world’s most famous aircraft. From the historic Gypsy Moth to the futuristic 787 Dreamliner, this was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone that attended. As expected, many photos were taken while tweets and social media updates were too numerous to count.
The first aircraft lands on 17L – 35R on Saturday, June 28, at 2:00 p.m. local time, and YYC as well as many aviation enthusiasts are looking forward to having the new runway officially in operation. Follow Calgary International Airport on Facebook and Twitter (@FlyYYC) to keep up to date with all the latest developments.