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What is the Airport Improvement Fee?

Passengers departing EIA pay an Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) of $30. This fee is included in the price of airline tickets. The AIF funds air terminal redevelopment projects like terminal and runway expansion that accommodate Edmonton’s growing demand for air travel.

The following passengers are exempt from the fee:

  • Children under 2
  • Aircraft crew on duty
  • Airline staff traveling on business
  • In-transit passengers remaining on board an aircraft
  • Passengers connecting within four hours for domestic/transborder flights (24 hours for international flights)

Why do passengers pay the AIF?

Since industry de-regulation in 1992, Canadian airports stopped receiving tax monies for major facility upgrades or operational requirements, and have been solely responsible for funding these projects.

EIA’s main terminal was originally designed in 1967 to accommodate 2.5 million passengers per year. After several expansion projects, today we serve 8.2 million passengers annually. We are continuing to expand and develop our terminal and air services to serve an anticipated 10 million passengers per year by 2025.

What is the Airport Improvement Fee?

Passengers departing EIA pay an Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) of $30. This fee is included in the price of airline tickets. The AIF funds air terminal redevelopment projects like terminal and runway expansion that accommodate Edmonton’s growing demand for air travel.

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, this fee will increase to $35 to help mitigate the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following passengers are exempt from the fee:

  • Children under 2
  • Aircraft crew on duty
  • Airline staff traveling on business
  • In-transit passengers remaining on board an aircraft
  • Passengers connecting within four hours for domestic/transborder flights (24 hours for international flights)

Why do passengers pay the AIF?

Canadian airports operate as not-for-profit corporations and do not receive government funding for day-to-day operations. The Airport Improvement Fee helps fund important infrastructure improvements for safety, as well as help fund construction projects designed to benefit passengers, the community and accommodate growth.

Past examples of projects funded by the AIF include the 2012 expansion of the main terminal building to handle more growth and allow EIA to attract and handle more flights. Ongoing safety work includes runway and apron maintenance as well as other infrastructure improvements to keep our airport running smoothly and efficiently for airlines and passengers.