Winnipeg International is found in the Canadian province of Manitoba, and is recognised by its IATA code of YWG. The airport is also officially known as the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson Airport, in honour of an influential businessman and pioneer of Canadian commercial aviation. The airport’s approximate 3.39 million passengers per annum have access to a rang of airline companies, and to a large number of facilities within the airport’s terminal building. Passengers on Winnipeg International Airport arrival flights also have access to a number of options for ground transportation.
The airport of Winnipeg is located just a few kilometres to the west of central Winnipeg, and is very nearby to the St. James Industrial area, Murray Industrial Park and Omand’s Creek Industrial. Areas just north of the airport include Tyndall Park, The Maples and Mandalay West, and areas to the south include King Edward, Tuxedo and South Tuxedo. The city of Winnipeg is surrounded by many smaller towns, such as Oakbank, Beausejour, Stonewall, Steinbach, Morris and Portage la Prairie, and is not far north of the border between Canada and the United States of America. On Winnipeg’s western side is the city of Brandon and Regina, in the province of Saskatchewan, and on the eastern side is the Whiteshell Provincial Park, as well as Kenora, in the province of Ontario.
Winnipeg offers departure flights to many locations, and also receives passengers from destinations in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The airport’s main airline companies are Kivallig Air, Perimeter Aviation, Calm Air, Air Canada Express and WestJet, and their flights arrive from Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Thompson, Churchill, Baker Lake, Sanikiluag, Gods River, Lynn Lake, Sandy Lake, Thunder Bay, Hamilton and Cancun, just to mention a few. Although the majority of airline companies arrive at the main terminal building of the airport, flights by Perimeter Airlines and Kivallig Air will arrive at one of the other two smaller terminal buildings. These buildings are also located on the airport grounds, and are a kilometre or two from the main building. The main terminal of the airport is not used by these two airline companies because they mostly operate smaller types of aircraft, which do not require the same facilities as the larger airplanes.
The main building of Winnipeg Airport is located in the south-eastern portion of the airport grounds, and is large enough to accommodate the number of passengers that pass through it on a daily basis. It is also a new building, having only opened at the end of October, 2011, and was selected by Travel Channel as one of the most iconic airport buildings in the world. The terminal holds a large number of shops and restaurants, including two duty-free stores, free Wi-Fi connections, currency exchange services, ATMs and information booths. Airport volunteers are also available in their gold or silver vests. Arriving passengers will find all that they require within the building, and can also hire a car from one of the Winnipeg International Airport car rental companies. They include Hertz, Budget, Avis, National, Enterprise, Alamo, Thrifty, Auto Europa, Dollar and Europcar.
Some of the other important airline companies at the airport are Air Canada, with flights from Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, Air Transat, with flights from Regina, Saskatoon and Thunder Bay, Bearskin Airlines flying from Dryden, Fort Frances and Kenora and Sunwing Airlines with seasonal flights from Cancun, Holquin, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta and Varadero. From the United States, direct flights to Winnipeg Airport are offered from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Denver, Orlando, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Palm Springs by the airline companies of WestJet, Express Jet Airlines, SkyWest Airlines and Compass Airlines.
A large percentage of the airport’s arriving passengers are tourists, coming to see the attractions of Winnipeg. The city features some very popular walking tours, as well as river cruises along the Red River and the Assiniboine River. The Assiniboine Park Zoo is a family favourite and the Centennial Concert Hall is a venue where many theatrical performances are held each year. Further attractions include the Royal Canadian Mint and the Winnipeg Convention Centre, and the notable parks of the region with boating and fishing opportunities in the summer and ice skating and cross-country skiing opportunities in the winter include Fort Whyte, Kil-Cona Park, King’s Park, La Barriere Park and St. Vital Park. The city also has a number of popular museums, and visitors can easily travel to the nearby attractions found at Selkirk, Dugald and Grand Beach.
Arriving passengers have a number of options for ground transportation should they not wish to rent a car. There are two public bus routes available (15 and 20), which are very cost effective, and private shuttles for transport to Brandon. A passenger’s hotel could provide complimentary transport as well from the airport to their place of accommodation. Alternatively, a taxi will take passengers to downtown Winnipeg for between $15.00 and $18.00.
Further details regarding Winnipeg arrivals can be viewed on several online websites, or the airport can be contacted at (204) 987-9402.