For such an expansive airport, airways primarily based within the US (like United Airways, American Airways and Alaska Airways) are tucked away in a nook. Once I arrive, there are six United Airways counters open, however there’s confusion about whether or not you might want to test in with an individual or utilizing a machine. Including to this confusion is the truth that you’ll be able to’t test in for United flights on each machine. After I get my boarding cross and suitcase tag from a machine, I’m going to the precedence line (as a Virgin Velocity Gold member) and get processed immediately.
I obtain a textual content message 24 hours earlier than departure informing me that if I’m planning to reach on the airport between 4.15am and 12pm, I ought to use the no-cost “YYC Quick Lane” specific appointment system to e-book forward and save my spot within the airport safety line. My flight is at 3.30pm so I don’t trouble. This seems to be a mistake because it takes me 41 minutes (sure, I timed it) to maneuver by the constipated traces. Grumpy passengers are nicely managed by the ever-chirpy workers on obligation.
Meals + drink
In the event you’re on the lookout for the long-lasting Canadian snack of a Tim Hortons’ donut, you’ll should seize one earlier than you come by safety. On airside, you’ll discover the standard suspects – a Burger King, a sushi outlet, in addition to the Belgian Beer Cafe and Wolfgang Puck Kitchen and Bar. The meals from Thai Categorical is scorching, tasty and cooked to order.
In addition to the ever-present outsized Toblerone bars and barely cheaper alcohol within the Calgary Responsibility Free retailer, the retail choices are scant on this a part of the airport (Concourse E). I’m on the lookout for a memento T-shirt for my eight-year-old daughter, however there’s solely a newsagent, a jewelry retailer, a chocolate store and a journey retailer. Even the child-focused “Who’s who within the Zoo” doesn’t have any Canadian particular children’ T-shirts.
There are a few play zones for youngsters, some comfy loungers and a “selfie station” (a brightly colored wall with a seat in entrance of it), however other than that, deliver a e-book or use the free Wi-Fi to obtain some podcasts or watch your favorite exhibits.
Yet one more factor
The Calgary Airport Authority has just lately launched a “Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program”, the place individuals with non-visible disabilities can choose up a sunflower lanyard, pin and/or ID card that signifies they might want extra help, endurance or time.
It’s a spacious and clear airport with cheery workers however with restricted leisure, procuring and eating choices.
Our ranking out of 5
The author travelled as a visitor of Vacation spot Canada and Tourism Calgary.