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May 16, 2008 | General

Effective December 1, 1996, travelers to Edmonton International Airport will have an improved shuttle bus service as a convenient and economical option.

The new Sky Shuttle will feature three routes between the City and the Airport: a Downtown Route encompassing six hotels and the downtown Greyhound Bus Terminal; the West End Route encompassing three hotels and West Edmonton Mall; and the University Route, encompassing two hotels and the southside Greyhound Bus Terminal.

The frequency will increase on the downtown route to 20 minute frequencies on weekdays, half-an-hour on weekends and holidays. The first morning departure from the city will be at 04:15, and the last departure from the airport at night will be midnight. Service frequency and operating hours on the other two routes have also been improved.

The cost remains the same as before: $11 one way or $18 for an open-ended two-way ticket ($5.50 for children 3-12). The price for southside destinations is only $9. Discounts are available for groups of ten, or for individualized bus charters for conferences or events. Door-to-door service is available on a pre-arranged basis for disabled users at the same price.

The Sky Shuttle features a fleet of 15 luxury passenger vans operated by a staff of professional, uniformed drivers with extensive customer service and sensitivity awareness training.

“One of the concerns surrounding the decision to consolidate passenger air traffic at the International has been the adequacy of ground transportation options,” said Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports. “We have expanded our parking lot, improved the service levels of our taxi fleet, and now we are introducing a convenient, comfortable and economical shuttle bus service.”

“Particularly interesting is the addition of the Greyhound Bus Terminals, downtown and south side, as pickup/dropoff points,” said Sid Slach, District Director of Operations for Laidlaw Transit. “This allows travelers from communities outside Edmonton to connect seamlessly from a Greyhound bus to the Sky Shuttle, and also serves commuters using a city transit bus service.”

The bus schedule is available at all pickup/dropoff points, on the shuttles, and on-line at the Edmonton Airports web site: www.flyeia.com