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May 16, 2008 | General

Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports, today announced that the consolidation of flights from the Edmonton Municipal Airport to the Edmonton International Airport will take place on June 1, 1996.

April 1, 1996 is the target date for Edmonton Airports to assume operational control of the Municipal Airport from the City of Edmonton. Negotiations to that end are currently underway between the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Airports.

“There are a number of elements which must come together for Edmonton Airports and for the two scheduled carriers which are involved in the consolidation process,” said Clements. “There are issues of scheduling, personnel and facilities which require time to implement correctly, and our bottom line concern is that consolidation take place in a manner which is as convenient and seamless as possible for our customers, the travellers.

“In full consultation with Air Canada/Air B.C. and with Canadian/Canadian Regional, we have chosen a date which we believe is achievable for all parties,” Clements continued. “By setting a firm timeframe this far in advance, the airlines, Edmonton Airports, and the travelling public will have a firm date to plan toward.”

“I wish to add,” said Clements, “that representatives of both airlines have been extremely cooperative with Edmonton Airports in developing the necessary plans to allow consolidation of air services to occur as quickly and with as little disruption as is reasonably possible.”