2014's Memorable Moments

As 2014 comes to an end, we’re looking back at some of the best highlights of the year at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.

It was a busy year in the Terminal Building; the community came together to welcome home our medal-winning Olympians returning from the Winter Games and Paralympic Games in Sochi. Team Jones, Dennis Thiessen and Jocelyne Larocque were among the gold medalists greeted to a hero’s welcome.

2014 also saw Canadian musicians arrive at the airport for the Juno Awards. Several musicians signed the Juno Piano located in the Arrivals Hall, while some even took the time to play a tune.

There were some notable changes on the airport campus with the grand openings of two new hotels. The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview opened in January, while the Courtyard by Marriott Winnipeg Airport Hotel had its grand opening in August. 

New destinations and services were also launched this year. WestJet Encore began direct service to Regina, Saskatoon and Thunder Bay, while WestJet introduced non-stop service to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition, Sunwing added new destinations to its seasonal schedules, including Ixtapa, Mexico, and Orlando, Florida.

Winnipeg Airports Authority employees crisscrossed the province attending various community events this year. From Brandon to Dauphin, Morden and Gimli, we were engaging members of the community about the services offered at the airport and discussing air travel in Manitoba.

Employees at Winnipeg Airports Authority particiapted in various community events. Whether it was growing fresh produce for Winnipeg Harvest's Grow-A-Row campaign, raising funds for Cancer Research, the Firefighters Burn Fund and United Way, our team was always ready to play an active role in our community.

There were notable accomplishments throughout the year as well. Winnipeg Airports Authority was the winner of an Influence Award, presented by Meeting Professional International (MPI) Manitoba Chapter. One of our own, Scott Marohn, Director of Air Service & Product Development was the recipient of Tourism Winnipeg's Toursim Partner of the Year Award. The company was also honoured to be named one of Manitoba's Top 25 Employers for 2015, and one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2014 in the Broader Public Sector category. 

Our Goldwings program also hit a wonderful milestone in 2014; our friendly volunteers logged over 200,000 hours since the program was launched in 1997.

As we look back on the year that was with warmth and pride, we also look forward to the year ahead. Thank you to all those who helped make 2014 a memorable one! 


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