The Calgary Airport Authority has consolidated terminal operations to adjust to declining passenger volumes. The airport authority has also reduced its workforce by approximately one-third, with executive leaders and senior management taking salary reductions.
Calgary International Airport (YYC) also said it has also deferred almost all capital spending and has halted discretionary spending.
“We are now facing the stark reality that many parts of the aviation sector, including airports, require drastic cost-cutting measures and external support to remain viable,” says Bob Sartor, president and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority. “Grounded aircraft are being parked on our aprons, taxiways, and a runway, thousands of aviation-related jobs have dissipated; in-terminal businesses are closing; and it’s unknown when air travel will rebound.”
Beginning today, Concourse A at YYC is closed, and all domestic departures and arrivals operate from Concourses B and C. The airport has also consolidated domestic check-in areas, bag drop and baggage carousel operations.
International and U.S. arrivals continue to arrive in the International Terminal Building, and U.S. departures continue to operate in that building’s Concourse E, but pre-board screening and United States Customs and Border Protection hours may be reduced. All international departures will check-in in the International Terminal building, but guests will go through pre-board screening at Concourse C. The main Concourse D is closed. The airport also closed one of its long-term parking options.
YYC is predicting that passenger volumes will decline by more than 90 percent between March and June 2020, and by approximately 60 percent over the entire year (compared to 2019 volumes). The airport is projecting a revenue loss of 40-50 percent for the year.
As of March 31, all airport or airline lounges at YYC are closed and 80 percent of food/beverage and retail outlets are closed. The airport is experiencing a 90 percent decline in parking occupancy, a 90 percent decline in rental car volumes, and a 90 percent reduction in taxi and ride share demand.