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May 14, 2008 | General

Edmonton Airports is cautiously optimistic about today’s announcement by the Federal Government to allow both Air Canada and Canadian Airlines to openly discuss options for the future restructuring of the airline industry.

Edmonton Airports President Scott Clements says “I support the Industry Ministers’ commitment to sustaining a more viable air industry while preserving the interest of consumers. However, this unusual process of permitting the airlines to share information must be as transparent as possible to provide all interested parties with an opportunity to be included.”

Mr. Clements continues “the future of air service in Canada lies in making it possible for more people to travel to more places at a reasonable cost. Any changes to the contrary will be a step backwards.”

The Edmonton International Airport, Canada’s 5th largest airport is currently served by both Air Canada and Canadian Airlines who together account for almost 70% of flights and passengers using this facility.

The Edmonton International Airport is approximately half way through a $300 million expansion project designed to handle increased passenger and cargo traffic expected during the next 20 years.