YWG: Central Canada's Best Airport

YWG is the airport code for Winnipeg Canada. It is located in Central Canada, in the Province of Manitoba.

 

It is a Focus City for Canadian Low-Cost Carrier WestJet and is co-located with the Canadian Forces Air Base. 

 

The airport itself is modern, more so than most. I was really impressed. 

 

I was able to see both sides of the airport, the American departures/arrivals side, and the typical one with domestic Canada flights. I arrived in on Delta from Minneapolis onboard their connection carrier Skywest which operated a CRJ-700 regional jet. Then departed on a (very rare) WestJet 737-600 to Calgary which allowed me to see the domestic boarding area. (Story on the WestJet 737-600: https://www.worldtravelreport.net/post/flying-onboard-boeing-s-rarest-737

 

Delta and United are the only American carries serving the airport. They fly into YWG from Minneapolis, Chicago-O'Hare, and Denver. 

 

WestJet and its subcarrier Swoop are the most served carrier in Winnipeg and serves various nonstop destinations throughout Canada, and the U.S., with additional seasonal services to Mexico, The Caribbean, and even London, on their Boeing 767-300 widebody jet. 

 

The airport also sees service from Air Canada, Flair Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, and a few small prop-jet carries such as BearSkin airlines and Calm Air. 

 

Now to the terminal itself... It has 18 gates, 2-12, 15-22. Gates 2 and 3 are U.S. Arrival gates, 4-6 are International gates, 7-12 are domestic gates, and 15-22 are ground-level gates for smaller propeller aircraft.

 

The airport has 2 lounges, an Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, and an all person paid access lounge called the Plaza Premium Lounge. 

 

Many Dining and Shopping options are available airside, a Time Horton's coffee, Starbucks Coffee, multiple sit-down restaurants, a bar, a (very very reasonably priced) PGA Golf Tour clothing store, and more. 

 

I flew into gate 3 and departed from gate 6. Gate 6 doubles as a domestic gate when not in use for International flights.

 

Keep in mind security, does take a while and Customs is still using the old process unlike airports such as Toronto-Pearson and Vancouver, where they have automated machines. In Winnipeg, you talk to actual Customs and Immigration officers, which took me around an hour in total. 

 

Lastly, the airport offers free WiFi and power outlets at many departure gate seats, which is always a nice touch. We hope this guide helps you to travel through Winnipeg's James Armstrong Richardson airport a little easier. 

 

-Brandon Aronoff

WorldTravelReport- Thoughts That Fly.