Calgary Skyview is about 3,470 km from Parliament Hill. That drive would take about 36 hours via the Trans-Canada Highway.
The riding is home to the Calgary International Airport. The airport opened a new international terminal in 2016, adding 24 aircraft gates.
Calgary Skyview encompasses the city’s northeast corner. The riding is mostly urban and residential, with some industrial and rural areas.
The region is famous for the Chinook winds, which can bring unusually warm periods as well as the phenomenon known as the Chinook arch, which look like storm clouds but produce no rain.
About 50% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in India, the Philippines, and Pakistan.
Punjabi is the most common non-official mother tongue in the riding.
Approximately 2.5% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $40,808.
The Calgary SpacePort, located at Calgary International Airport, is an educational facility focused on space and aeronautics. The many hands-on activities include four simulators, one of them for the F-18 fighter jet. The Hangar Flight Museum, formerly the Aero Space Museum of Calgary, is also located in the riding and has an impressive aircraft collection.
Calgary International Airport is Canada’s third busiest and saw 15.7 million passengers in 2016. The airport also has Canada’s longest runway and tallest freestanding control tower.
WestJet has its corporate headquarters and major warehouses in the riding.
Calgary is nicknamed “Cowtown” because of the city’s western history and culture.
The economy of Calgary Skyview is dependent on Calgary International Airport. The Airport contributes $8.2 billion to the GDP and provides 48,000 direct and indirect jobs, including 24,000 jobs on airport land. The airport has allowed Calgary to become a global hub not only for tourism and transportation, but also for shipping and warehousing.
The average home price in the riding is $358,708.
Calgary International Airport’s new international terminal is a green building with many environmentally friendly features such as North America’s first and largest CrisBag tote and tray baggage system, which reduces energy consumption by 60% compared to a traditional system. The building also features geothermal walls, in-floor heat tubing, and the ability to trap and reuse rainwater.
Calgary International Airport opened in 1938 and was initially named McCall Field in honour of Frederick McCall, a local First World War flying ace. The airport was sold to Transport Canada in 1966. In 2016, the airport was officially renamed YYC Calgary International Airport.