Cheapest car hire in Fort McMurray Airport
*daily rates in Fort McMurray Airport based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.
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Useful things to know about Fort McMurray Airport
- Fort McMurray’s meteoric growth is accounted for by the working of the Athabasca Oil Sands north of the town
- Despite being mainly industrial, it attracts tourists for skiing and for tours of the oil sands
- Over 700,000 people used its airport last year
- The airport is the fastest growing facility in Canada
- It’s only eight miles from the airport to the centre of Fort McMurray
Fort McMurray Mini Guide
Who Travels to Fort McMurray?
Many of the passengers on the flights to Fort McMurray are oil workers flying in for their shifts in the Athabasca Oil Fields. Keen to show a softer face, Fort McMurray has recently been promoting tourism to the region offering stunning views of the northern lights during the winter, skiing on pristine pistes and linking with its main business, tours of the oil sands. You can even buy vials of the oil laden sand to take home.
How Easy is it to get to Fort McMurray Airport?
All flights, with the exception of a seasonal holiday charter route to Mexico
, are domestic so overseas travellers or those from the US
will have to connect to Fort McMurray via a hub. From the UK
it’s possible to fly to Toronto’s Pearson Airport
with several carriers or for a more circuitous route you can connect in Vancouver
. The eight miles from the airport to the town are managed by taxi or bus but most people choose to rent a hire car so they have flexibility during their stay.
What is the Airport Like?
The airport is small and very overcrowded as it’s currently handling nearly nine times the passengers it was created for. The airport authority is currently acquiring land to build a new terminal south of the existing one which will be better able to serve its needs. For now you’ll have to put up with long queues and frustrations at the airport despite them doing the best they can to manage them. Facilities at the airport are also inadequate for the number of travellers with only an outlet of Subway and a small café called Live Café which serves hot and cold drinks plus light snacks. There is only one retail outlet, a mixed shop called Muna’s Souvenir Gifts which mainly consists of oil based souvenirs and local native handicrafts.