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May 16, 2008 | General

Beginning today, Edmonton’s airports will operate as a single system as the lease that transfers the operation of the Municipal Airport to Edmonton Airports takes effect.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era for air traffic services for Edmonton and our region. Consolidation of our air traffic systems is the tangible result of years of community discussion and months of detailed negotiation between the City and Edmonton Airports.

“Today is a milestone in our history, and a time for us all to look forward to a very bright future for our air service and our economy,” said Mayor Bill Smith.

“We are committed to operating this airport as a viable centre of excellence for general aviation,” said Scott Clements, President of Edmonton Airports. “We are also looking forward to supporting Edmonton’s strong aviation heritage which is centered around the history of this facility.”

Effective June 1, all scheduled air passenger service will be consolidated at the Edmonton International Airport. The Municipal Airport will be renamed the Edmonton City Centre Airport (Blatchford Field) and will be used extensively for general aviation services including private and corporate aviation, small charters, medical evacuation, military, aerospace and training.