Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday Wiki: WJAR International Airport

Today's random Wikipedia page is Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. For some reason, I feel like I have written about another airport at some point during these random Wiki links. This airport is initialed as YWG in airport talk and so I'll use that for the rest of this blog. I'm seriously not typing that entire name or all of the initials out if I don't have to.

YWG is an airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is reportedly the 8th busiest airport in Canada for passengers and 12th busiest for aircrafts. This airport serves Calm Air, Cargojet, Kivalliq Air, Perimeter Airlines, Purolator, Air Canada Jazz, and Westjet. It is the only airport in the entire Manitoba province so it is open 24-7.

YWG opened in 1928 as Stevenson Aerodome, named so after pilot Captain Fred J. Stevenson. It was Canada's first international airport. In 1958, YWG changed its name to Winnipeg International Airport. The terminal used for YWG was built in 1964. It was then expanded and renovated in 1984. A hotel was added in 1998. It took its current name in 2006 to honor an aviation businessman from Winnipeg.

A new terminal is being built northeast of the current terminal. The 1st phase of the building project is scheduled to finish by October 30th of this year. Construction started in 2007. A new access road and 4-level parking lot opened in 2006 to coincide with the new terminal construction, while the 3rd runway was closed recently. A new hotel and an office building are planned. A new bus terminal already opened and the Canada Post plant will be on site. There are plans to build new runways as well. These renovations are being made with the hopes of attracting bigger planes to branch out into European flights.

A list of airlines and their destinations are tabled near the bottom. Also, charter flights and cargo flights are listed in separate tables. At the very bottom of the page, they list "Incidents and Accidents." The earliest incident came in 1983 when a Boeing 767 was forced to make an emergency landing in Gimli, Manitoba after running out of fuel on its way to YWG. 2006-2010 have seen more incidents/accidents but no injuries seem to have been reported.

Love is love, no matter the back story. <3 DS

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