Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray International Airport (IATA: YMM, ICAO: CYMM) is located 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi) southeast of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. YMM is the largest airport in northern Alberta. It has daily flights to Edmonton, Calgary, Fort Chipewyan, Vancouver and Toronto through airlines Air Canada, WestJet, McMurray Aviation and Northwestern Air. Sunwing airline used to fly to seasonal vacation destinations in Mexico 2012-2015. The airport is managed by the Fort McMurray Airport Authority, a community-based not-for-profit organization that has operated YMM since 2010. The airport has seen a significant rise in passengers over the last 10 years due to intense development of the Athabasca oil sands. In 2014, YMM served 1,308,416 passengers, ranking it as the 15th busiest airport in Canada. As a result, a new $258 million airport terminal facility opened in 2014 that can accommodate 1.5 million passengers per year. Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) established permanent service at the airport in 2013.

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Fort Mcmurray

Fort McMurray (/fɔːrt mᵻkˈmɜːri/ mick-MUR-ee) is an urban service area in the Regional Municipality (RM) of Wood Buffalo in Alberta, Canada. It is located in northeast Alberta, in the middle of the Athabasca oil sands, surrounded by boreal forest. It has played a significant role in the development of the national petroleum industry. A severe wildfire in May 2016 led to the evacuation of its residents and caused widespread damage. Formerly a city, Fort McMurray became an urban service area when it amalgamated with Improvement District No. 143 on April 1, 1995, to create the Municipality of Wood Buffalo (renamed the RM of Wood Buffalo on August 14, 1996). Despite its current official designation of urban service area, many locals, politicians and the media still refer to Fort McMurray as a city. Fort McMurray was known simply as McMurray between 1947 and 1962.

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