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May 14, 2008 | General

EDMONTON — Edmonton Airports is pleased to report that as of 9:30AM January 1, 2000 all operations at Edmonton International Airport, Edmonton City Centre Airport and Cooking Lake Airport continue uninterrupted by Y2K.

Immediately following the rollover to the new millennium, Edmonton Airports Y2K readiness teams re-tested all of the airports’ major systems. These systems passed all tests and operations continue normally.

The first flight of the millennium to depart from Edmonton International Airport was a Canadian Airlines flight to Calgary, which departed on time at 6:55AM. The first arrival of the new year was a First Air flight from Yellowknife, which arrived at 8:35AM. At this point, the only other arrival at Edmonton International Airport has been a Canadian Airlines flight from Vancouver, which arrived at 9:10AM.

Scheduled traffic is expected to be light today; some flights have been cancelled due to low passenger volumes. To confirm the status of scheduled flights to and from Edmonton International Airport, please contact your travel agent or airline, or contact Edmonton Airports at 1-800-268-7134 and website www.flyeia.com.

Edmonton Airports Y2K preparation began two years ago and saw a total of 88 systems tested and re-tested leading up to January 1, 2000. The top four mission-critical systems include:
1. RUNWAY LIGHTING
2. WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
3. EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES (fire trucks)
4. DIESEL GENERATOR POWER SUPPLY BACK-UP

Edmonton Airports Y2K readiness program cost approximately half a million dollars. This preparation did not include other airport-related agencies such as Nav Canada (responsible for air traffic control) and air carriers serving the Capital Region which have completed their own Y2K readiness programs.

To keep you informed of the Airports’ status throughout the Y2K rollover, Edmonton Airports has provided three Y2K updates. Edmonton Airports has resumed normal operations and therefore this release will be the final Y2K update.