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May 14, 2008 | General

Edmonton Airports is pleased to report that as of 6PM this evening, all airport operations at Edmonton International Airport, Edmonton City Centre Airport and Cooking Lake Airport are normal.

Between 6PM and 9PM tonight Edmonton International Airport will service a total of 26 arriving and nine departing flights. The last outbound flight is a WestJet departure at 9PM to Vancouver via Kelowna, B.C. The last two inbound flights, a Northwest Airlines flight from St. Paul-Minneapolis and a Canadian Airlines International flight from Calgary are scheduled to arrive between 10:30PM and 11PM.

Scheduled passenger flights will resume from Edmonton International Airport at approximately 7AM on January 1, 2000. Edmonton International Airport is a 24-hour facility that will remain open despite the lack of scheduled passenger flights.

Edmonton Airports Y2K preparation began 2 years ago and cost approximately half a million dollars for administration of the program and required computer system upgrades. This preparation does not include other airport-related agencies such as Nav Canada (air traffic control) and air carriers serving the Capital Region which have completed their own Y2K readiness programs.

Edmonton Airports preparation saw a total of 88 systems tested and re-tested. The top four mission-critical systems include:

RUNWAY LIGHTING
WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES (fire trucks)
DIESEL GENERATOR POWER SUPPLY BACK-UP
Most of the remaining systems have more to do with internal administrative functions than airport operations but were also tested and re-tested as part of our required due diligence.

As part of Edmonton Airports Y2K readiness program, a total of two teams of 30 employees have been assigned to specific operational functions on rotating 12 hour shifts beginning at 6PM December 31, 1999. The shifts will continue until all high, medium and low impact systems have passed re-testing beginning on New Years Day.