Calgary Airport Authority endorses restrictions for recreational drone use near airports

The Calgary Airport Authority, which manages and operates YYC Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport, fully endorses the Interim Order issued by Transport Canada that puts into place new conditions on the use of recreational drones near airports and other high-risk areas, the organization said.

The Interim Order enforces new restrictions on recreational drone operators, which includes ensuring that operators are not flying within nine kilometres of any airport, and requiring drone operators to mark their drone with their contact information.

The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital organization, incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act, and is responsible for the safe, secure and efficient management of the YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank Airport (YBW) under long-term lease from the Government of Canada.

YYC´s mandate is to advance economic and community development by providing improved airline and transportation services for the benefit of the public. The Authority has invested over USD 4bn into the continued development of YYC, opening Canada´s longest runway in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016. YYC is a key economic driver for Calgary and Alberta, generating more than USD 8bn in economic activity annually and creating 48,000 jobs.