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November 10, 2011 | General

Locals rush to experience Expansion 2012

EIA surpasses goal as over 1,400 volunteers sign up to test new facility

November 10, 2011 (Edmonton, Alta.) Thanks to an overwhelming show of support from the community, Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has surpassed its goal of signing up 1,000 volunteers to test the new Expansion 2012 terminal. The volunteer drive was kicked off three weeks ago and was expected to run for eight weeks. EIA concluded the campaign this week when registrations surpassed the 1,400 mark.

“We’re thankful for each and every volunteer that has signed up, and we’re thrilled our community takes interest and pride in their airport,” said Diane Trenn, EIA Vice-President, Airport Operations. “Our volunteers are keen to see EIA’s newest facilities, and we’re excited to show them off – but we take this very seriously. We’ll be well prepared, but there will be plenty of learning going on amidst the festive atmosphere,” she added.

On January 28, 2012, volunteers on several shifts will participate in a simulated boarding process, from check-in and pre-board screening, to baggage handling. Volunteers will also test a multitude of other new amenities inside the new terminal.

Expansion 2012 adds 480,000 sq. ft. of new space to EIA. The newly expanded terminal will provide customers with faster, easier movement through US, Canadian and international departures, more comfortable passenger lounges, and over 30 new shopping and dining outlets. The terminal is set to officially welcome the public on February 11, 2012 with the opening of the US departures lounge and customs facility.

To catch a sneak peak of the expansion, EIA encourages the public to go online. “We’re sharing the excitement with everyone by posting information and photos through social media and on our website,” said Trenn.  Updates can be found at flyeia.com, through Twitter @flyeia, via Facebook, and on YouTube.

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