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May 16, 2008 | General

Today Edmonton Airports and the Calgary Airport Authority released the results of a joint study undertaken to identify areas in which the two parties could benefit through cooperative initiatives. The report comes as a response to Alberta Air Transportation Strategy Workshop which was sponsored by the Province of Alberta.

Prepared by Applications Management of Edmonton and RP Erickson and Associates of Calgary, “Strategies for Developing Areas of Mutual Cooperation” outlines nine broad categories for possible collaboration between the two groups.

Among the cooperative measures suggested are the exchange and sharing of information, joint marketing efforts, and joint purchasing of utilities, consumables and computer software.

Other ideas included the joint provision of consulting services to other airports and cooperation on various legislative issues such as the proposal for the reduction or elimination of the province’s aviation fuel tax.

“The Calgary Airport Authority looks forward to working with our Edmonton counterparts as we explore the cooperative initiatives identified in the report”, said Ernie Caron, President and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority.

“Choosing consolidation opened the door for Edmonton to stop competing with itself, and to start looking for ways to advance the Alberta advantage,” said Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports. “We look forward to working with our Calgary colleagues to the benefit of the entire province.”