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Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (commonly known as Winnipeg International Airport or simply Winnipeg Airport) (IATA: YWG, ICAO: CYWG) is an international airport located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is the seventh busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic, serving 4,305,744 passengers in 2017, and the 11th busiest airport by aircraft movements. It is a hub for passenger airlines Calm Air, Perimeter Airlines, Flair Airlines, and cargo airline Cargojet. It is also a focus city for WestJet. The airport is co-located with Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg.

An important transportation hub for the province of Manitoba, Winnipeg International Airport is the only commercial international airport within the province as the other airports of entry serve domestic flights and general aviation only. The airport is operated by the Winnipeg Airport Authority as part of Transport Canada's National Airports System and is one of eight Canadian airports that has US Border Pre-clearance facilities.

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

Winnipeg's relatively isolated geographical location in relation to other major population centres makes Winnipeg International Airport the primary airport for a very large area. As such, it is used as a gateway not only to all of Manitoba, but large parts of neighbouring provinces and territories (Saskatchewan, Nunavut, etc.). Daily non-stop flights are operated from Winnipeg International Airport to destinations across Canada as well as to the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, along with summer seasonal flights to the United Kingdom. In addition, regularly scheduled flights to numerous small remote communities in the northern regions of Canada, specifically Northern Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, and Nunavut, are also served from the airport.

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Aéroport international James Armstrong Richardson de Winnipeg

  • WMO: 71852
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada
Operator Winnipeg Airports Authority (DND)
Serves Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hub for
  • Calm Air
  • Cargojet
  • Flair Airlines
  • Perimeter Aviation
Focus city for
  • WestJet
Time zone CST (UTC-06:00)
Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-05:00)
Elevation AMSL 783 ft / 239 m
Coordinates 49°54′36″N

Location in Manitoba

Direction Length Surface
ft m
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft movements
Number of Passengers
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement
Environment Canada
Movements from Statistics Canada
Passenger statistics from Winnipeg Airports Authority


The airport opened in 1928 as Stevenson Aerodrome in honour of the noted Manitoba aviator and pioneer bush pilot, Captain Fred J. Stevenson. Stevenson Aerodrome, also known as Stevenson Field, was Canada's first international airport with Northwest airways (which became Northwest Airlines) inaugurating a passenger and mail service between Winnipeg and Pembina, North Dakota on February 2, 1931. By 1935, Northwest Airlines was operating daily service from the airport with Hamilton H-47 prop aircraft on a routing of Winnipeg - Pembina, ND - Grand Forks, ND - Fargo, ND - Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - Milwaukee, WI - Chicago, IL. The City of Winnipeg and the Rural Municipality of St. James agreed to develop Stevenson Field as a modern municipal airport in 1936. In 1938 the Manitoba Legislative Assembly passed the St. James-Winnipeg Airport Commission Act creating a commission of the same name with full control over the operation of the airport. In 1940 during the Second World War the Government of Canada placed the airport under the direction of the Minister of Transport and the Royal Canadian Air Force where it remained until 1997.

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

Post War

In 1962 Stevenson Field was officially renamed Winnipeg International Airport and in 1997 the airport was transferred to the control of the Winnipeg Airports Authority.

The airport was briefly served by Scandinavian Airlines during the mid 1950s on the world's first regular Polar route, which linked Copenhagen and Los Angeles with Douglas DC-6B propliner flights via Søndre Strømfjord and Winnipeg. In 1962, Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA, now Air Canada) was operating weekly nonstop service between Winnipeg and London Heathrow Airport with Douglas DC-8 jetliners.

The original main terminal building was built in 1964, and was designed by the architectural firm of Green Blankstein Russell and Associates (subsequently GBR Associates and Stantec Limited). It was expanded and renovated in 1984 by the architectural firm of IKOY, and a hotel was built across from the terminal in 1998. The original main terminal building was closed on Sunday October 30, 2011 and has since been demolished.

Two airlines operating jet aircraft in passenger service were previously based at the airport: Transair (Canada) and Greyhound Air. According to its March 18, 1974 timetable, Transair was operating Boeing 737-200 and Fokker F28 Fellowship jets on scheduled flights in Manitoba and also as far west as Yellowknife and as far east as Toronto from its Winnipeg hub in addition to operating charter services from the airport with Boeing 707 jetliners. The August 1, 1996 Greyhound Air timetable lists nonstop domestic flights operated with Boeing 727-200 jetliners from the airport to Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Kelowna, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver with Winnipeg serving as a connecting hub for the airline.

On December 10, 2006, the Minister of Transport, Lawrence Cannon, announced Winnipeg International Airport was to be renamed Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in honour of the influential businessman and pioneer of Canadian commercial aviation from Winnipeg.


Main Terminal

Winnipeg's main airport terminal was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Stantec. The terminal's design was inspired by the City of Winnipeg's distinctive landscape and the province of Manitoba's vast prairies and sky. It was the first airport terminal in Canada to be LEED-certified for its environmentally friendly concept, design, construction and operation. The terminal was constructed in two phases, with construction beginning in 2007 and ending on October 30, 2011 when it was officially opened to the public. Prior to the opening of the current main terminal building, a multi-level access road and four-level, 1,559 stall parkade were both opened in November 2006. All airlines serving Winnipeg International Airport operate at the main terminal building, with the exception of Perimeter Aviation.

Air Canada operates a Maple Leaf Lounge located in the domestic/international departures area, and a "pay-in" lounge, operated by Plaza Premium Lounge, is also located in the domestic/international departures area. Free WiFi is provided by the Winnipeg Airports Authority throughout the entire main terminal building.

Perimeter Terminal

Perimeter Aviation is a regional airline that operates its own small, exclusive terminal building at Winnipeg International Airport to facilitate its passenger, cargo and charter services. Perimeter Aviation does not use the main terminal building due to its varied operations to small remote communities throughout Northern Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario using small propeller aircraft, with which regular airport terminal services (jet bridge, catering, etc.) are unnecessary and can actually be a hindrance to day-to-day operations.

The Perimeter Aviation terminal building is located 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi) south of the main terminal building.

Other facilities

A large Canada Post mail processing facility was opened at the airport site on June 4, 2010. The 23,225-square-metre (249,990 sq ft) facility is located east of the main terminal building, just north of Wellington Avenue.

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

Three hotels are located on site, adjacent to the main airport terminal.

Richardson International Airport is included in a new 20,000-acre (8,100 ha) dry port created by provincial legislation - CentrePort Canada Act, C.C.S.M. c. C44 - that will offer investment opportunities for distribution centres, warehousing and manufacturing. CentrePort Canada will allow companies to take advantage of the cargo capabilities of Richardson International Airport, as well as serviced land, a mid-continent location and highway and rail transport.

On April 14, 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper with Premier Gary Doer announced at James Richardson that both the Federal and Provincial governments will contribute $212.5 million towards a divided four-lane expressway called CentrePort Canada Way. It is now complete, and links Inkster Boulevard to the Perimeter Highway on the north side of the CP Rail Glenboro subdivision parallel to Saskatchewan Avenue to attract new transportation logistics associated development to the city area west and Rosser Municipality northwest of the airport.

Airlines and destinations


Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

Airline check-in counters at Winnipeg International Airport

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

Domestic/International departure gate area in the Main Terminal

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

USA departure gates in the Main Terminal

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

Air Canada Embraer E190 at the gate

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver Seasonal: Cancún, Montego Bay
Air Canada Express Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Vancouver
Air Transat Seasonal: Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Varadero
Bearskin Airlines Red Lake
Calm Air Flin Flon, Gillam, Sanikiluaq, The Pas, Thompson
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul
First Air Churchill, Rankin Inlet
Flair Airlines Abbotsford, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton (ON) (ends October 27, 2018), Toronto-Pearson (begins October 28, 2018), Vancouver Seasonal: Las Vegas (begins December 17, 2018), Miami (begins December 15, 2018), Orlando (begins December 16, 2018), Phoenix/Mesa (begins December 16, 2018), St. Petersburg/Clearwater (begins December 17, 2018)
Perimeter Aviation Berens River, Cross Lake, Deer Lake, Garden Hill, Gods Lake Narrows, Gods River, Little Grand Rapids, North Spirit Lake, Norway House, Oxford House, Pikangikum, Red Sucker Lake, St. Theresa Point, Shamattawa, Sandy Lake, Thompson
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Cancún, Cayo Coco, Holguin, Huatulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mazatlán, Montego Bay, Orlando, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, San José del Cabo, Santa Clara, Varadero
Swoop Abbotsford, Hamilton (ON) Seasonal: Edmonton (begins October 11, 2018)
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver
Wasaya Airways Sioux Lookout
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Ottawa, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver Seasonal: Cancún, Halifax, Kelowna, London-Gatwick, London (ON), Montego Bay, Montréal-Trudeau, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta
WestJet Encore Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay


Airlines Destinations
Cargojet Airways Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Iqaluit, Montréal-Mirabel, Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Vancouver
Castle Aviation Sioux Falls
DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Milwaukee
FedEx Express Memphis, Indianapolis
FedEx Express operated by Morningstar Air Express Calgary, Edmonton, Thunder Bay, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver
SkyLink Express Regina, Saskatoon
Suburban Air Freight Minneapolis/St. Paul
UPS Airlines Louisville, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha


Annual traffic

Annual Passenger Traffic
Year Passengers % Change
2010 3,369,974
2011 3,389,237 0.6%
2012 3,538,175 4.4%
2013 3,484,252 -1.5%
2014 3,669,797 5.3%
2015 3,778,035 2.9%
2016 4,015,200 6.9%
2017 4,305,744 7.2%
2018 (YTD August 2018) 3,023,277 3.3%

Ground transportation


Winnipeg International Airport is located at 2000 Wellington Avenue in the City of Winnipeg. Several short and long term parkades are located on site, as well as a curb-side valet parking service.

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.


Winnipeg Transit operates two bus routes that service the airport. A charging port has been added in October 2014 for Winnipeg transit's elecric bus program. The Winnipeg Bus Terminal is an intercity bus, international bus and cargo terminal for Greyhound and other intercity bus lines. It is located beside the main terminal building. The Brandon Air Shuttle provides shuttle transportation between Winnipeg International Airport and Manitoba's second largest city, Brandon.

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General Info
Country Canada
Latitude 49.910036
49° 54' 36.13" N
Longitude -97.239886
097° 14' 23.59" W
Elevation 783 feet
239 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 004° E (02/06)
Beacon Yes
Daylight Saving Time Second Sunday in March at 0200 to first Sunday in November at 0200 local time (Exception Arizona and that portion of Indiana in the Eastern Time Zone)

TWR 118.3
PMSV 344.6
MIL OPS 131.4
INTL AIR 126.9
GND 121.9
RDO 122.5
DEP 119.9
CLNC DEL 121.3
ATIS 114.8
ARR 119.5
Communications Remarks
CLD All dep acft ctc clnc del.
TWR (emerg only 204-983-6705)
FSS (123.25 wx) (Emerg only C204-983-8407)

Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
4500 x 200 feet
1372 x 61 meters
13/31 8700 x 200 feet
2652 x 61 meters
18/36 11000 x 200 feet
3353 x 61 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VORTAC YWG WINNIPEG 102X 115.5 1.1 NM 177.0
NDB ZWW BOINE - 215 4.9 NM 003.4

Fuel JP-4, Wide cut turbine fuel MIL Spec T-5624

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

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