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Flying into Beautiful Calgary

Calgary has been on the rise in recent years, becoming one of the fastest-growing cities in North America. Economic prosperity brought about by the oil booms of the 21st century has created abundant growth opportunities, only adding to the appeal of this beautiful city along the Canadian Rockies.
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Looking for some cheap flights to Calgary so you can experience the vitality of this exciting Western Canadian city? This article will uncover all the tips and tricks you'll need to make your trip here a success.

What are some things I should know before booking my flight to Calgary?

Calgary International Airport has direct flights with 67 other airports from around the world; and that number is growing. The cost of a trip has dropped, with flights from centers such as Amsterdam ($765 RT non-stop), Chicago ($425 RT), and Los Angeles ($389 RT) being competitively priced. Your choice of airline will vary depending on your point of origin. If you're flying to Calgary from Europe, you can fly direct from Amsterdam with KLM, from London with British Airways, or from Frankfurt with Air Canada.

American visitors can fly in on American, United, Delta, and US Airways from cities such as Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Seattle, and San Francisco, to name but a few. If you are in Canada, you have two choices: Air Canada and Westjet. Air Canada is the #1 player in the Canadian airline industry, offering service across Canada for nearly 80 years.

Westjet offers flights across Western Canada from its headquarters in Calgary. Today, this airline is the prime competitor to Air Canada, making Westjet flights to Calgary an excellent bargain, especially if you can bag one of its Blue Tag offers.

When flying into Calgary, it is best that you land between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., as landing any earlier or later than this lands you in rush hour. Try to avoid late evening arrivals if you are on a budget, as airport buses terminate service prior to midnight, leaving an expensive cab ride as your only option.

How do I get to and from Calgary International Airport?

Apart from renting a car, you have three options: hotel shuttles, an airport express bus, and taxis. Most hotels within a five-mile radius of the airport, like the Best Western Plus Port O'Call Hotel, have an airport shuttle driver that will be waiting for you outside arrivals. Select it when you book your hotel in Calgary, and you'll have an easy trip ahead of you.

If your accommodation does not offer a shuttle, your next best option is the #300 Airport Express downtown, as its $9.50 fare is much cheaper than a cab. Running from 4:45 a.m. to around midnight, this service should accommodate nearly all arrivals. If you have a ton of luggage, then go for a cab. Expect to pay no more than $50 for a fare from the airport to the downtown core.

What hotel options are there if I arrive late or leave early?

When flying in at odd hours, it's best to stay at an airport hotel. If you need to get out west for an in-person job interview and have managed to snag one of the few last-minute flights to Calgary, it's possible that you will have forgotten to book a hotel. Here are some great options close to the airport.

Delta Calgary Airport is situated right on the airport grounds, and offers direct access from the main concourse. With soundproof windows, room service from the on-site restaurant, and a conference room where you can meet your recruiters, you won't have to step one foot into the city.

Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Calgary Airport is located within a five minute shuttle ride. After taking care of business downtown, be sure to relax afterward with a quick round of golf at Fox Hollow, which is situated within a stone's throw of your hotel.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Airport is perfect if you loathe the prospect of having to eat out at expensive restaurants during your stay. Homewood Suites' kitchenette suites allows you to prepare your own meals while being within spitting distance of Calgary International Airport.

What amenities should I expect to find at Calgary International Airport?

Calgary International Airport has a range of attractions from fine boutique shopping to upscale restaurants and bars. With stores selling books, chocolates, jewelry and more, there are plenty of opportunities to bring home a gift for your loved ones.

From fast food (Tim Hortons, Subway, Sbarro) to sit-down dining (Montana's, Chili's, Bubbles Tapas and Wine Bar), you'll find plenty of options. Additionally, you can relax and unwind at the OraOxygen Wellness Spa or get ready for that important business meeting by getting your shoes buffed at Franklin's Shoe Shine. This is just a short list of services available at the airport, so rest assured that there will be something to occupy your time.

With the continued growth of Calgary, the improvements to its infrastructure (a new terminal is set to open in 2015), and the wealth of amenities, Calgary International Airport matches any metropolitan hub in North America. Just be sure to book your tickets well in advance (as much as six months if you will be coming here during the Calgary Stampede in July), and your experience should be a smooth one.

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