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August 18, 2008 | General

More stalls, better technology to help customers get on their way faster

Edmonton, Alta. —Today, Edmonton International Airport (EIA) opened a 1,000-stall parkade expansion. These additional spaces will provide more parking options for customers as passenger growth continues and the airport expansion proceeds.

Features of the newly expanded parkade include:
• An additional 1,000 parking stalls in the parkade, across all four levels
• A relocated toll plaza to help drivers queue safely and quickly to exit the parkade
• Pay & Go parking kiosks to help customers get on their way faster

The $47-million parkade expansion is the first high-profile project completed as part of EIA’s five-year, $1.1-billion airport terminal expansion. It was completed on time and on budget. The general contractor was Stuart Olson. The parkade expansion was fast-tracked to add more parking capacity to match growing parking demand.

“We are committed to moving customers quickly and efficiently through the airport,” said Reg Milley, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport. “Even prior to this expansion, EIA offered travellers the most airport parking spaces per capita in Canada; these additional spaces will help us to offer even better customer service.”

To save time, customers can pre-pay for Parkade and Value Park at Pay & Go parking kiosks in the airport terminal and exit the lot via one of five new express exits.

More than six million passengers moved through EIA in 2007. Another four million customers were on site to see them off or welcome them. Passenger traffic at EIA continues to grow at a steady pace and has increased by seven per cent year-to-date. Passenger traffic is expected to reach 6.5 million passengers by year-end.

With more strong growth expected, EIA is continuing to invest in additional parking areas and services over the next several years.

EIA, Canada’s fastest-growing major airport over the past two years, is committed to complete and effective customer service — “we’ll move you.”