Mission & History

WHO WERE WE?

In 1993, the airport building was renamed the John G. Diefenbaker Airport to commemorate Canada’s 13th prime minister and the prime minister from the West. The Saskatoon Airport Authority took over operations of the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport from Transport Canada in 1999. Hitting our stride in the years that followed, we expanded the terminal and increased our passengers to over 1 million in 2007.

WHO ARE WE NOW?

On the heels of a newly expanded air terminal building and after being awarded the Most Improved Airport in North America under 2 million passengers from Airports Council International, we knew that it was the right time to re-brand ourselves.

Like any name, ours has a lot of meaning behind it. We have so many first, middle and last names that sometimes it's hard to know what to call us. Trust us, we know it can be confusing and we want to help clarify things.

Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport - Our Legal Location

In 1993, the Saskatoon airport's name was changed to Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker Airport to recognize the home of and to honour our 13th Prime Minister. In 2006, "International" was officially added when the airport received International status. Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport is the legal entity name for the physical location of the Saskatoon airport, representing the land, terminal and other physical assets. To honour this legacy, we prominently display 'Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport' in two areas on the front of our air terminal building. We also celebrate Diefenbaker's birthday each year on September 18 (1895-1979) by handing out treats to our guests and we proudly showcase information on this legacy in our public display case for several months around his birthday.

Saskatoon Airport Authority - Our Legal Operator

Saskatoon airport Authority (SAA) is the legal entity of the operator of the airport. SAA is responsible for managing and maintaining the airport.

Skyxe-Our All-Encompassing Brand Name*

Skyxe Saskatoon Airport is out brand name that encompasses both legal entities. Our brand name represents the entire airport experience, embracing the pride we feel to be from Saskatchewan as well as our unique airport code. Through our brand name, we strive to exceed the expectations of our guests, partners, and community by providing service quality initiatives that meet our vision to be Canada's Most Valued Airport Experience.

Together, we are all Skyxe.

(*Note - Skyxe is not a legal name change, the two entities still exist under the Skyxe umbrella).

Our Skyxe brand comes on the heels of our newly expanded air terminal building that wrapped up construction in 2015. Following the success of our internationally recognized award from Airports Council International (ACI) for Most Improved Airport in North America in 2015, we knew that now was the time to redefine who we are and identify how to continually move forward to solidify the foundation on what we stand for.

WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?

Our vision is to be Canada’s most valued airport experience.

Our mission outlines our commitment to provide excellence for our customers by:

  • Ensuring excellence in safety and security;
  • Surpassing expectations through a culture of superior customer service;
  • Seamlessly connecting Saskatchewan communities to the world;
  • Operating efficiently with care for the environment; and
  • Successfully partnering with our stakeholders.

Our doors are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we want to make our home-away-from-home yours too. Our driveway is more than 3.2 kilometers of runway and thousands of meters of apron. Our backyard is 2,000 acres. And our house is a 238,000 square foot terminal building that hosts over 1.4 million people annually.

With over 40 people helping to keep all of the moving parts of an Airport on track, our Airport facilities are shared by more than 40 businesses and government agencies that employ over 1,800 people and generates $414 million in GDP for the City of Saskatoon.

Community

Community involvement is important to us. In addition to various public speaking engagements educating the public on what we do and how we do it, we also sponsor a variety of  initiatives that support our community.

If you are looking for sponsorship for your organization, please send us more details. Our Sponsorship Request Form, can be found by clicking here.

How are we doing?

Facts & Figures

The Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport serves the City of Saskatoon, central and northern Saskatchewan, an area containing a population of more than 500,000 people.

Room to Grow

  • Major expansion of Air Terminal Building completed in April 2015
  • Annual passenger capability of 2.0 million passengers
  • Retail and office space available for lease
  • More than 300 acres of land available for development

Low Cost Advantage

The goal of the Saskatoon Airport Authority is to become Canada’s premier low cost airport:

  • $5 In-Province AIF and $20 out-of-province AIF among the lowest in Canada
  • Landing and terminal user fees among the lowest in Canada
  • No policing, security or turnaround fees

Scheduled Air Service

Non-stop service to:

  • Toronto
  • Ottawa (seasonal)
  • Winnipeg
  • Regina
  • Prince Albert
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Vancouver
  • Minneapolis
  • Las Vegas (seasonal)
  • Phoenix (seasonal)

One-stop, same-plane service to:

  • Abbotsford
  • Kelowna
  • Victoria
  • La Ronge
  • Wollaston Lake
  • Stony Rapids / Black Lake
  • Fond du Lac
  • Points North Landing

One-stop, connecting service to:

  • Most major Canadian, US and international destinations through airline hubs in Minneapolis/St.Paul, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, & Las Vegas.

Charter Air Service

Seasonal charter service to popular international sunspot destinations and northern Saskatchewan hunting and fishing destinations.

Scheduled Air Carriers

  • Air Canada
  • Delta Airlines
  • Transwest Air
  • WestJet Airlines
  • West Wind Aviation
  • Express Air

Charter Carriers

  • Air Transat
  • Transwest Air
  • West Wind Aviation
  • SunWing

Air Terminal Building

A major renovation and expansion project was completed in 2015 increasing total bridge capacity to eight with three ground loading positions. In addition to operational enhancements, Starbuck's, Tim Horton's, Refuel (full service dining room and lounge) Relay, Metalsmith Sterling, and Prairie North Collectibles is now located post-security.  

Passenger and Luggage Movement:

  • 34 check-in positions
  • 8 aircraft loading bridges upon construction completion
  • 3 aircraft ground loading positions
  • 3 domestic/2 international modern baggage conveyors
  • Indoor baggage unloading bay
  • Bridges and facilities can accommodate aircraft up to Boeing 747

Customs / Immigration facility can process up to 200 passengers (300 with staged deplaning).

  • Dedicated baggage conveyor for international arrivals
  • Service available 24/7

Unofficial Annual Passenger traffic:

1995 598,736 1996 682,895 1997 795,850 1998 822,003
1999 814,067 2000 801,079 2001 809,871 2002 765,727
2003 760,854 2004 803,541 2005 902,129 2006 953,342
2007 1,035,660 2008 1,135,113 2009 1,157,393 2010 1,215,923
2011 1,246,405 2012 1,326,838 2013 1,389,875 2014 1,484,615
2015 1,443,446 2016 2017 2018

Annual Aircraft Movements

1995 86,030 1996 91,258 1997 107,190 1998 110,205
1999 101,718 2000 98,143 2001 96,131 2002 88,795
2003 76,692 2004 77,185 2005 82,677 2006 87,674
2007 99,378 2008 105,407 2009 93,413 2010 90,762
2011 89,904 2012 89,840 2013 92,913 2014 91,686
2015 95,677 2016 2017 2018

International courier services include:

  • Purolator
  • Fedex
  • UPS
  • DHL International
  • Mayne Logistics Loomis
  • Priority Courier

*Scheduled air freight services through Air Canada, WestJet (ELS Marketing), Pronto Airways, Transwest Air