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July 02, 2007 | General

02/01/07

EIA customers asked for patience during construction

Edmonton — To keep pace with growing customer demand for parking at Edmonton International Airport (EIA), construction has begun on a 1,000-stall, $47-million expansion to the existing parkade. The parkade expansion is part of the $200-million-plus airport expansion project at EIA.

The number of parking customers at the airport increased by 12 per cent in 2006 compared to 2005, with Value Lot (surface lot) experiencing a 36 per cent increase and Valet Park growing by 46 per cent. The number of customers using Parkade Park grew by six per cent and was only limited by the fact the parkade now reaches maximum capacity on most days.

“Passenger growth at EIA has been remarkable over the past three years and increasingly those passengers want to park right at the airport,” says Reg Milley, Edmonton Airports President and CEO. “Adding 1,000 new stalls and other customer-friendly features to the parkade is the first step in expanding the airport to meet current and future growth.”

Currently, the parkade has 1,400 public stalls and Value Lot has over 4,000 stalls. Close to 2,000 Value Lot stalls have been added in the past two years to respond to increased demand and compensate for the 200 Value Lot stalls lost to the parkade expansion.

New parking features

As part of the expansion, customers will experience the following improvements:

• New electronic signage advising customers on how many stalls are available on each level (levels 2-4)
• New “pay-on-foot” automatic payment machines
• “Cashier-less” exiting kiosks
• More elevators
• Improved foot paths from Value Lot through the Parkade to the terminal
• More wheelchair accessible stalls

The parkade expansion is expected to open in the summer of 2008.

Leave earlier to airport

While the existing parkade will remain open, EIA customers are reminded to allow extra time to get to the airport, find parking, check-in and clear security.

“EIA now serves over 1.1 million more passengers than it did just two years ago and all indicators point to another double-digit growth year at EIA in 2007,” says Milley. “EIA is a busy, growing major hub airport and our customers should allow a little extra time to make their way through our facilities.”

Edmonton Airports’ vision is: To be the North’s preferred gateway to the World, and the World’s preferred gateway to the North.

Further Information:
Edmonton Airports Corporate Communications
Roy Thorpe, Phone: (780) 890-8324, Cell: (780) 951-4719
E-mail: rthorpe@flyeia.com