A whole new world is open for Manitobans as there is greater connectivity out of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. 

During Winnipeg Airport Authority's Annual Public Meeting on Thursday, the community was updated on its ongoing efforts to grow its partnerships and secure more connections to more places that matter. Last year alone, flyers out of YWG could choose from 47 non-stop destinations, which was up 12% from 2022. A new non-stop service to Atlanta, home to one of the world's most connected airports. Since the launch, travellers have gone to Atlanta to connect with over 220 destinations in 36 countries.

YWG also welcomed Porter Airlines in 2023, with flights from Winnipeg to Ottawa being added in May. Also in May, United Airlines will restore service to Chicago and Denver which gives Manitobans six non-stop U.S. destinations to fly to - the most in the airport's history. WestJet will also bring back daily service to Montreal, increase its frequency to Ottawa and introduce a new seasonal route to Nashville in 2024.

“Our mission focuses on the role we must play in enabling the connectivity we know the community needs, wants and deserves,” said Nick Hays, President and CEO of WAA in a press release. “Compared to before the pandemic, Manitobans have so much more choice and convenience today to connect with loved ones, discover new destinations, or unlock new business opportunities. We’re extremely excited about what’s in store for all of us as we continue to work together with our partners to make our community an even better place to live and work.”

Enhanced connectivity is just one of the many ways WAA is creating a positive impact. For the first time, the organization shared some of its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments and how they’re integrated throughout its strategic plan. This approach is helping to guide WAA in its decision-making and drive it toward a more sustainable, 
responsible future for all.