The Calgary International Airport has seen strong and steady growth over Garth Atkinson’s 12 years as president and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority, but this year takes the cake. Construction is wrapping up on a 22-gate terminal (183,500 square metres spread over five levels) to handle international traffic and on a 14,000-foot runway. The runway is the longest in Canada and able to handle the world’s largest aircraft. The cost of the two projects combined is in the $2 billion vicinity, and they help to prepare the airport for continued growth in the decades to come. Atkinson’s moves have helped YYC grow (at a remarkable 2.9 per cent per month for the first two months of 2013). The airport will likely sneak past 14 million passengers this year, moving it ahead of Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International and into third place in the nation.
Garth Atkinson: Alberta's 50 Most Influential People 2013
Takeaway: Garth Atkinson has been the president and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority for the past 12 years.