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February 29, 2008 | General

Four new outlets, three renovations to expand customer options

EDMONTON — Customers at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) will soon a have a much wider array of food and beverage choices with four new outlets and renovations to three existing restaurants.

Two new Starbucks, a new Mountain Lodge Bar and Grill and the recently opened Tim Hortons in the North Terminal passenger lounge will add to the choices consumers have at EIA. As well, Sbarro Restaurant is under renovation, Montana’s Front Porch is being expanded and Jasper Mountain Eatery and Breworks will undergo significant renovations and be split into two separate restaurants to become Jasper Lounge and Grill.

“EIA is Canada’s fastest-growing major airport and our concession partner, HMSHost, has delivered a food and beverage program that ensures our services meet our customers’ expectations,” says Reg Milley, President and CEO, Edmonton Airports. “We are particularly pleased to offer new services in the United States (U.S.) passenger lounge as we welcome the remarkable rise in the number of U.S. non-stop flights over the past several years.”

“It has been great working with the EIA team to create a first-class concessions program for passengers travelling to points in Canada and beyond. These restaurants and brands will clearly make the EIA traveller’s day better,” said Joe Waller, Vice President of Business Development for HMSHost.

New and improved food and beverage services include:

     Tim Hortons — EIA now has two full-service Tim Hortons, one on Arrivals Level
     and the newly opened Tim Hortons in the North Terminal passenger lounge.

     Sbarro — This Italian-style, quick-service eatery offering pizza, pastas, and salads
     is under renovation to improve the layout and lighting for customers.

     Montana’s Front Porch — This restaurant offers fine home-style cooking, including
     signature appetizers and sandwiches in Central Hall (post security). A new 28-seat
     patio and expanded kitchen are under construction. The restaurant is operating
     throughout most of the addition. Scheduled completion: March 21, 2008.

     Starbucks — Two new outlets with the first location in the U.S. passenger lounge.
     The second Starbucks is in the South Terminal passenger lounge. Both locations
     will feature Starbucks’ famous coffee and grab-and-go food selections. The second
     location replaces the Sports Scene retail store. Scheduled openings: April 1, 2008.

     Mountain Lodge Bar and Grill — A full-service, sit-down restaurant with 125 seats
     located in Central Hall (post-security). It will use much of the existing footprint of
     the current Jasper Mountain Eatery and Breworks, but passengers will access it
     from the passenger lounge instead of the public departures area.
     Scheduled opening: May 30, 2008.

     Jasper Lounge and Grill — This 50-seat diner style restaurant in Central Hall
     departures area will replace the remaining Jasper Mountain Eatery. It will offer
     a similar sized menu to Montana’s Front Porch. Scheduled opening: May 30, 2008.
     Another full-service restaurant in the U.S. passenger lounge is scheduled to
     open later this year.

“We will continue to work with HMSHost to deliver the quality and selection of food and beverage options our customers want,” says Milley. “This is especially important as we continue to grow and move from a small regional airport to a mid-size international gateway.”

The new restaurants and expanded food services help set the stage for the $1-billion expansion and the new opportunities for food and beverage services at EIA. The EIA terminal expansion to the south will add 13 new gates, bringing the total to 30 and have the capacity to serve nine million passengers per year.

For more information about employment opportunities, please visit http://eteam.flyeia.com  

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Edmonton International Airport is Canada’s fastest-growing major airport.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Edmonton Airports Corporate Communications
Jim Rudolph
Phone: (780) 890-8454
Cell: (780) 717-5117
E-mail: jrudolph@flyeia.com
Web: www.flyeia.com