Winnipeg International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The airport is less than 10 miles away from downtown Winnipeg. The airport in Winnipeg began in 1928 and was known as the Stevenson Aerodrome. It was named after Fred J. Stevenson. International flights began flying to and from Pembina, North Dakota. About six years later, a new airline in Canada was formed called the Trans-Canada Air Lines. The decision was made to have the headquarters of the airline in Winnipeg. The result was that the airport grew in terms of business as a number of new flights came to and from the airport. Two years after this in 1938, the airfield received various upgrades and equipment including boundary lights and an air traffic controller. After World War II concluded, the airport continued to grow as a massive construction project began. Buildings and offices were built as the airport expanded. Back in 1952, a new terminal with gates and a ticketing area was built. In the following years, the terminal expanded a number of times. The name of the airport changed in 1958 to become the Winnipeg International Airport. In the 1960s, a new terminal was built to better serve air traffic and passengers. The new terminal was remodeled and extended in 1984. It closed in 2011. In 2006, the name of the airport changed again to become the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. It was named in honor of James Armstrong Richardson. The main terminal at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport opened in 2011. The designer of the terminal was famous American architect Cesar Pelli.
The original airport at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport had runways that were made out of various materials including clay and sod. Today, both runways are made out of asphalt. The first runway is 8,701 feet long. The second runway is 11,000 feet long.
There is a Chapel at the airport for people who desire to worship or pray. Chaplains are available for folks who desire pastoral care. The chaplains are associated with Aviation Interfaith Ministry, which is non-denominational.
Parking & Transportation at Winnipeg Airport
There are a few parking options at the international airport in Winnipeg. The first parking option at the airport is Parkade parking. This option brings visitors, guests, and passengers close to the airport. It is a brief walk to the main terminal building. It is convenient for people who desire to meeting their family members or friends at the terminal rather than picking them up at the curb. Another parking option is Economy Lot. This lot is right behind Parkade parking. The Economy Lot is convenient for travelers or passengers who plan to park their vehicles at the airport for an extended period of time. In addition to these parking options, there is another parking option called Valet Away. With this service, passengers can drive up to the Valet Lot and a valet attendant will take care of the vehicle until the passengers return. In addition to car storage, vehicles on request can receive an oil change, a car wash and more. On the south and east of airport parking, parking is available for staff called Staff Parking.
There are two curbside levels at the international airport in Winnipeg. The first level is Level 1 and it is for passengers who have arrived at the airport and ware waiting for their ride or for a shuttle to pick them up. The second level is Level 2. Level 2 is for travelers and passengers who are departing from the airport for different places in Canada and around the world.