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December 28, 2011 | Air Service, Airport City, YEG News Releases
Media Release

EIA in 2011 – Helping the Capital Region grow

EIA kept pace with community demand

December 28, 2011 (Edmonton, AB) – Edmonton International Airport (EIA) expanded to serve the community in many ways in 2011. Expansion 2012 continues on time and under budget, aviation business and air service continue to expand to support business and passenger demand, and EIA continues to receive immense support from our customers as we build a world-class airport for them.

“Providing exceptional air service to our community is critical to the growth of our economy,” said EIA President and CEO Reg Milley. “EIA and our partners have invested energy and resources to ensure we bring outstanding opportunities to the Capital Region, and the response from our community continues to surpass our expectations.”

Highlights of 2011 at EIA

Passenger Numbers Climbed: Community demand for more air service increased sharply over the course of the year. 2011 saw record levels of travellers to the US and the busiest November in EIA history; the first time the airport served more than 500,000 passengers in that month.

Numbers of Passengers Served at EIA by November 30, 2011

¨       Domestic                                4,416,970 Year to Date = 1.8 % growth

¨       Transborder                            987,485 Year to Date = 8.2% growth

¨       International                           333,418 Year to Date = 4.2% growth

¨       Overall                                    5,737,873 Year to Date = 3.0% growth

¨       Rolling 12 Month total           6,255,657

Business Aviation: In addition to regularly scheduled airline passenger service, corporate charter flights from the private terminals at EIA increased by 33% in 2011, to almost 500,000 passengers.

Air Service on the rise:  Because of community demand for more flights to more places, Continental Airlines added another non-stop flight from EIA to Houston.  US Airways and WestJet both added more flights on larger planes between EIA and Phoenix this winter.  As well, WestJet brought back their popular direct flight to Maui.  Service was also added to Cranbrook by Integra Air and Santa Clara, Cuba by Sunwing.

Terminal Expansion 2012: Expansion 2012 is nearly completed, under budget and on time. As the economy recovers with passenger numbers increasing and more flights being added, travellers and airlines are going to need all of EIA’s new passenger facilities and gates soon.  The new Central Hall opened in December with 12 restaurants and shops.  The new terminal building, control tower and Courtyard by Marriot hotel are also taking shape for their 2012 openings.  Expansion 2012 is also reflective of a Capital Region that continues to develop, featuring more comfortable passenger lounge areas, computer access and power and more than a million dollars invested in art.

Commercial Development: EIA developed infrastructure which paved the way for a number of new developments including the following:

  • Completion of new car rental service centre facilities.
  • Construction of new private hangar facility in Airport South.
  • Construction of a multi-tenant cargo facility in Airport South.
  • Construction underway of new Fixed Base Operator in Airport North.
  • Completion of a new tank farm in Airport North.
  • Completion of new common use cargo apron in Airport South

In addition EIA developed QuickPark – common use self parking for general aviation traffic.

On behalf of everyone at EIA, here’s to more exciting news in 2012!

Media Contact:

Sarah Meffen


t: 780 890 2434

c: 780 884 2966