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July 12, 2007 | General

Edmonton – The first America West flight to Los Angeles departed Edmonton bright and early at 7:30 am this morning. The year-round service, provided by America West Express, connects Edmonton and Los Angeles with nonstop service. This service marks the seventh U.S. nonstop destination offered at Edmonton International Airport.

Every year, over seventy thousand passengers use the airport as a Gateway to the South as they head to California’s beaches or business towers. The three and a half hour flight time is convenient for business and leisure travellers. California draws thousands of Albertans to its white sand beaches and attractions such as Disneyland Resort, and Edmonton, with its favourable exchange rate and close proximity to travel hotspots such as Jasper and the Columbia ice fields, offers an appealing exchange for our southern neighbours.

“We are pleased to hear of the additional airline service to Southern California from Canada,” said Claire Bilby, vice president of sales for the Disneyland Resort. “We have a long history of welcoming millions of Canadians to our destination, and new air service such as this helps make holiday dreams come true.”

California is Edmonton International’s top U.S. destination, and nonstop service is projected to encourage a steady growth in tourism between L.A. and Edmonton. Nonstop service from Edmonton International has increased dramatically in recent years as annual passenger volumes climbed to 4 million in 2003.

As summer approaches, Edmonton International turns its attention to seasonal travellers, providing them with additional nonstop flights to the most popular international destinations. In addition to its lineup of year-round premier destinations, Edmonton International offers seasonal nonstop weekly and biweekly charters to hotspots such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London Gatwick, Las Vegas, and Cancun. These charters and packages are available through travel agents.

Flight #    Depart Edmonton    Arrive L.A.    Flight #    Depart L.A.    Arrive Edmonton
6500        7:30 am                 10:00 am     6505*      7:30 pm         11:45 pm
* Service commences June 4, 2004

Edmonton Airports is a not-for-profit organization mandated to manage the region’s airport assets on behalf of and in the best interest of the community.