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May 14, 2008 | General

Edmonton Airports is proud to announce the opening of the new South Terminal, at Edmonton International Airport on Saturday, December 9. The addition of the new facility more than doubles terminal size and aircraft apron area at the airport.

The South Terminal is Phase 2 of the airport’s Air Terminal Redevelopment Project. Construction started June 1999, at a cost of $127 million. Included in the new terminal will be Canadian and United States customs and immigration facilities, 11 boarding gate positions, new passenger holdrooms, and new retail establishments.

Combined, the airport’s terminal buildings now measure nearly 70,000 square metres, with 18 bridges, 12 ground loading positions, and the capability to process simultaneous wide-body jets.

“Our air terminal redevelopment project will take the airport well into the new millennium,” stated Sidney H. Hanson, Chairman, Edmonton Airports. “The North Terminal was designed almost 40 years ago, when air travel needs and the world economy were vastly different. What we’re doing is rebuilding our infrastructure for today and the future.”

Scott Clements, Edmonton Airports’ President and CEO, notes, “Over the past seven years, we have witnessed a huge 135 per cent growth in airport passenger traffic. The new terminal represents a major step forward in terms of customer service. In addition, the new facility will generate a positive and enduring first impression of the community to our many visitors coming
to the Capital Region.”

Phase III of the Air Terminal Redevelopment project focuses on the construction of Central Hall and will start immediately. With the opening projected for Fall, 2002, Central Hall will link North and South Terminals, and contain centralized security processing, major retail upgrades, an observation deck, and a commuter concourse.