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 our 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 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.