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July 12, 2007 | General

Edmonton — Edmonton Airports is pleased to announce its commitment to the next phase of the Air Terminal Redevelopment (ATR) Project at Edmonton International Airport. The next phase, known as the North Terminal Phase, involves an $18 million investment in the renovation and first-stage expansion of the original 1963 North Terminal building. Through a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process, Kasian Kennedy Architecture Interior Design and Planning has been awarded the design contract for this phase.

The first stage of the North Terminal project will include mechanical and electrical upgrades, renovating the North Terminal so that it matches the South Terminal in appearance and level of service, and adding new retail services. The original 1963 North Terminal was built to accommodate 2.5 million passengers. Edmonton International Airport is now the fifth busiest passenger airport in Canada serving approximately 4 million passengers annually.

In the second quarter of 2003, Edmonton Airports replaced the business lounge in the North Terminal and reassigned the space to the holdroom for passenger seating in order to provide short-term relief to overcrowding in the boarding area. North Terminal renovations and expansion will provide necessary space and improved facilities for Air North, Canadian North, WestJet, Jetsgo, and charter customers.

Edmonton Airports continues to implement a phased construction approach to the long-term redevelopment of Edmonton International Airport. This affords the Airport Authority flexibility to commit budget and to timing that is driven by demand, passenger projections, and construction schedules.

Phase 1 of the ATR Project, completed in December 1998, focused on building the four-level parkade and making general airport improvements. Phase 2 involved the construction of the new South Terminal, which was completed in 2000. Phase 3 involved the completion of Central Hall, which links the North and South Terminals.

The ATR Project is funded through the $15 Airport Improvement Fee (AIF), collected from passengers departing from Edmonton International Airport. The ATR Project continues to contribute to the region’s economy. It has provided over 1,400 jobs, wages of $89 million and is one of the largest construction projects in the area.*

Despite Edmonton International Airport’s strong passenger numbers and improved service to customers, the airline industry as a whole continues to be challenged. Edmonton Airports will therefore, continue to assess the timing of the remaining phases of the ATR Project. “We will continue to be sensitive to issues facing the industry,” explained Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports. “We have fulfilled our commitment to significantly improve customer service at the airport. We will remain flexible to ensure that the timing and budget for future phases is prudent and consistent with local and industry demand.”

Edmonton Airports is a not-for-profit organization mandated to manage the region’s airport assets on behalf of and in the best interest of the Capital Region.

* Source: The Economic Impacts of Edmonton International Airport, 2002