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February 22, 2010 | General

Media Release

Guten tag! EIA welcomes Air Transat’s non-stop scheduled
service to Frankfurt

Route will improve commerce and tourism 

February 22, 2010 (EDMONTON, Alta.)-Edmonton International
Airport (EIA) and Air Transat are pleased to welcome the return of
non-stop seasonal service to Frankfurt. Service to the
international hub of Frankfurt runs from June 15 to September 28,
2010, with departures from Edmonton every Tuesday and a return
flight every Wednesday. With Frankfurt rejoining EIA’s family of
destinations, the airport continues to celebrate its expanded range
of non-stop air service. 

FLIGHT SCHEDULE

Date

Depart

Arrive

Edmonton to Frankfurt

Every Tuesday

1310

0610 (+1 day)

Frankfurt to Edmonton

June 15 to Sept. 28, 2010

0755

0910

 “Air Transat is proud to again this year offer a direct
flight from Edmonton to Frankfurt for summer 2010,” says Lyne
Chayer, Vice-President, Marketing, Air Transat. “This non-stop
flight makes Germany and Frankfurt even more accessible to EIA
users. Our travel options, ranging from packages to a la carte
accommodation, are ideal for discovering the flair of this global
city and its vibrant culture.” 

“Frankfurt is easily one of our most-requested destinations, so
securing the route’s return was a top priority for our air service
development team,” says Peter McCart, EIA’s Vice-President of
Marketing & Business Development. “Frankfurt Airport’s
outstanding connections into Continental Europe and beyond make
this a vitally important route addition for EIA. When people are
making travel plans, it’s important to choose services like the new
Air Transat flight and other international non-stops to ensure they
continue to be profitable, maintained and expanded in our
community.”

Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport by passenger traffic in
Germany, one of the busiest airports in Europe by cargo traffic and
serves 300 destinations in 109 countries worldwide with more than
100 airlines. Its major transportation hub status is supported by
strong motorway connections and rail connections, with two train
terminals directly adjacent to the airport, so getting to any
destination in Europe is quick and easy. 

The new Frankfurt service will provide a boost to tourism in
Edmonton, Frankfurt and Europe overall. Events worth visiting in
Frankfurt include the Open Air Art Festival from August 27-29 and
the Rheingau Wine Festival from September 1-10. Hop a train and you
can even catch the opening festivities of Oktoberfest in Munich,
which runs from September 18 to October 3. 

“We’re very excited about the new Air Transat flight from
Edmonton to Frankfurt,” says Ken Fiske, Vice-President of Tourism
and Economic Development, Edmonton Economic Development Corp.
“Frankfurt is the largest financial centre on mainland Europe and
the route will promote economic and tourism development between our
cities.” 

“Support of Air Transat’s Frankfurt service is vital to the
ongoing development of non-stop international flights from
Edmonton,” says Michael Bernd Reuscher, Honorary Consul of Germany
for Northern Alberta. “With the region’s continuing impressive
growth, EIA has become a major hub for Canada’s North and beyond.
Having direct flights between Edmonton and Frankfurt is a perfect
match to the Port Alberta concept, and its strategic expansion of
major air, surface, rail and shipping transportation routes to
Western Canada.” 

“Air Transat’s non-stop service between Edmonton and Frankfurt
will help improve all business and government relationships between
the city and Germany,” says Klaus Maier, President of the
German-Canadian Business & Professional Association of Alberta.
“The Greater Edmonton area also has a large German population who
will definitely appreciate the convenience of the route
addition.” 

Reservations can be made by visiting www.airtransat.ca or by
calling your travel agent. 

For more information on EIA’s family of more than 50 non-stop
destinations, visit www.flyeia.com. 

Media Contact: 

Traci Bednard

Communications

t: 780 890 8055

c: 780 909 9554

e: tbednard@flyeia.com 

w: www.flyeia.com