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July 13, 2007 | General

Edmonton — Air service continues to be an issue of public debate and media consideration. Edmonton Airports acknowledges our responsibility to report on the effects of consolidation, and recognizes that a factual review of pre and post consolidation is required to demonstrate the success of consolidating scheduled passenger service to Edmonton International Airport.

Edmonton Airports engaged two aviation experts, InterVISTAS Consulting Inc. and Sypher Mueller International to review air service pre and post consolidation and the effect of consolidation on its growth.

“This report provides data that clearly illustrates consolidation has been successful,” states President and CEO Scott Clements. “It identifies strong growth in air services and passenger numbers, and validates that our community can be confident that its decision to consolidate services has indeed resulted in better air service for our region.”

The Air Service Consolidation Report demonstrates that prior to consolidation passenger numbers were stagnant. This trend was dramatically reversed to reflect positive passenger growth after scheduled services were consolidated at Edmonton International Airport.

Between 1983 and 1995, of the major Western Canadian Airports, only Edmonton experienced a drop in domestic traffic. Vancouver’s traffic grew 32%, Calgary’s 26%, and Winnipeg’s 10% while Edmonton’s traffic dropped by 6%. After consolidation, in a reversal of the previous position, growth was most positive at Edmonton, being significantly higher than at Vancouver and Winnipeg and slightly ahead of Calgary.

In addition, the report demonstrates a significant expansion of new non-stop air services to destinations in Canada and the United States. Currently, the Capital Region enjoys non-stop service to 40 destinations, 24 of which are new since consolidation. This includes 12 flights per day to 5 major U.S. hubs (fall schedule, 2003).

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