Canada’s longest serving international airport, Winnipeg (James Armstrong Richardson) International Airport (YWG) is operated by Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. (WAA). It is Canada’s only major international airport between Toronto and Calgary and is competitively positioned as a 24-hour unrestricted airport. Only 7 km (4.5 miles) from the city’s downtown, it provides convenient access for Winnipeg business and visitor traffic alike.
YWG offers a broad range of air passenger and cargo services, including international carriers, commuter airlines, jet freight carriers, fixed base operators, and various charter operations. It serves approximately 3.4 million passengers and handles about 141,000 aircraft movements per year and approximately 174,000 tonnes of cargo annually.1
Cargo and courier business at YWG is strong with on-site Purolator and Federal Express sorting facilities, daily transborder service from UPS, and service by Air Canada Cargo and Cargojet Airlines and other carriers. Purolator's sorting facility is approximately 92,000 square feet2 on a land parcel of about 6 acres. Purolator also leases another land parcel of approximately 10 acres from WAA3. The Federal Express facility is approximately 35,000 square feet on a land parcel of about 6.5 acres.
To respond to increasing activity at the airport, the WAA has undertaken a $585 million4 multi-phase site redevelopment that includes a new 1,600-space parking structure, groundside site services, an additional aircraft parking apron and a new 51,000 square-metre terminal building targeted for completion in 2011.
WAA is aggressively marketing land surrounding the airport, ideal for airport-related businesses and companies needing quick access to far reaching markets. It has approximately 800 acres of land available for development in four Airport Business Parks (East, South, West and North). About 90 serviced acres with excellent transportation access are available5.
Airport Business Park East has a strong existing tenant base of air cargo integrators and aerospace industry leaders. Airport Business Park South consists of general aviation businesses and fixed base operators. Tenants include Fast Air Executive Aviation Services, Skyward/Shell Aerocentre and Esso Avitat6. Development of Airport Business Park West focuses on aircraft maintenance, aerospace training and distribution centres7.
Being developed adjacent to the northwest boundary of Richardson International Airport is CentrePort Canada, a new 20,000-acre inland port that offers greenfield investment opportunities for distribution centres, warehousing and manufacturing. CentrePort Canada will allow companies to take advantage of the leading cargo capabilities of Richardson International Airport, as well as:
1http://www.waa.ca/uploads/ck/files/2011_Annual_Report_Final_screen.pdf WAA Annual Report 2011, page 13
9http://www.waa.ca/location/othertransportation and http://www.waa.ca/uploads/ck/files/OutdoorLimo.pdf