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May 16, 2008 | General

EDMONTON — The Sky Shuttle bus to and from Edmonton International Airport has had phenomenal growth in its first year of operations, Edmonton Airports reported today.

Introduced on December 1, 1996, the Sky Shuttle has carried in excess of 128,000 passengers in its first year. That compares to just 47,855 passengers carried by the previous shuttle bus product for the same period a year earlier.

The Sky Shuttle is a joint venture between Edmonton Airports and Laidlaw Transportation. It offers 20 minute frequency between the International Airport and downtown for 16 hours per day, and also has routes to the West End and University areas. The Sky Shuttle is reasonably priced at $11 one way or $18 for an adult return ticket.

“This is obviously the ground transportation product that the public was looking for,” said Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports. “At the time of consolidation, we promised that we would improve ground transportation to the International Airport. It is obvious from the growth in popularity of the Sky Shuttle that this economical, frequent and comfortable service is what people wanted.”