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May 14, 2008 | General

Edmonton Airports today proudly announces our partnership with ATCO Frontec to operate Edmonton City Centre Airport beginning in the New Year.

The agreement will see ATCO Frontec administer the day-to-day operations at the City Centre Airport as part of a 10-year service contract expected to significantly reduce Edmonton Airports’ annual operating costs for the facility. Additionally, ATCO Airports (a venture of ATCO Frontec) will relocate its corporate headquarters from downtown to the Air Terminal Building at City Centre Airport.

Edmonton Airports President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Scott Clements says…

“This partnership supports our long-standing goal of continuing to develop the City Centre Airport and stimulate economic activity in the Kingsway area. There is no better example of this than ATCO Airports’ commitment to relocate its corporate headquarters to the Air Terminal Building, attracting other tenants and even more economic growth.”
ATCO Frontec currently operates airports in Iqaluit, Resolute Bay, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Castlegar, Moose Jaw, Portage la Prairie and North Bay. It will officially add Edmonton City Centre Airport to the top of the list on January 1, 2000.

The service contract clearly defines the responsibilities for both companies. ATCO Frontec will be responsible for the following:
1. Winter & summer maintenance programs
2. Facility maintenance programs
3. Equipment maintenance
4. Rent and fee collection of leases
5. Delivery of lease services
6. Administration of Edmonton Airports environmental plan
7. Administration of regulatory compliance programs
8. Accounting and Administration
9. Human Resource Management

Edmonton Airports will continue to manage the City Centre Airport through ATCO Frontec while maintaining control over the following areas:
1. Passenger Access Policy
2. Rates and charges
3. Service levels
4. Infrastructure and capital repairs
5. Lease and license negotiations
6. Contract oversight
7. Regulatory compliance
8. Long term planning
9. Marketing
10. Corporate accounting and administration

Upon signing the 10-year agreement, ATCO Airports President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Bart West states…

“Our main goal in partnering with Edmonton Airports is to make this valuable public asset a keystone for ATCO Airports and the number one general aviation airport in Canada.”
Currently, Edmonton City Centre Airport is the third busiest general aviation airport in the country next to general aviation airports in St. Hubert, Quebec and Pitt Meadows, BC.

Edmonton Airports began negotiations with ATCO Frontec more than a year ago. A key area of discussion was the future of the 16 Edmonton Airports employees who perform a variety of administrative and maintenance functions at the City Centre Airport. Twelve have agreed to become employees of ATCO Frontec as of January 1, 2000. Four will be transferred to Edmonton International Airport in related capacities.

Edmonton Airports President Mr. Scott Clements says…

“The future well-being of our employees at City Centre Airport is of paramount importance to me. ATCO Frontec has generously agreed to welcome them into their employee family. This is a key achievement of the negotiations, because without such an offer, this agreement would not have been possible.”
Edmonton City Centre Airport was originally known as Blatchford Field when it opened in 1927. Today it is a dual runway, 24-hour corporate charter and general aviation airport featuring several fixed base operators, executive charter services, two flight schools and full aircraft maintenance and refurbishing businesses on site.

ATCO Frontec is an Alberta-based corporation that employs over 700 people across North America and provides project management, technical services, operation and maintenance and technology transfer and training services to the defence, transportation and industrial sectors. It is part of the ATCO Group of companies; an Alberta-based corporation with a worldwide organization of energy, technical services and manufacturing companies.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS: ATCO Airports President and CEO Mr. Bart West and Edmonton Airports President and CEO Mr. Scott Clements are available today for media interviews. Arrangements can be made by contacting:

Chris White, ATCO Frontec Corporate Communications: (780) 420-7741