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July 13, 2007 | General

More flights, more seats, more carriers, more connections, lower airfares.

Edmonton — Consolidating 97% of scheduled passenger service at Edmonton International Airport has not only meant improved air service for the Capital Region but also for the North, according to a report on northern air service released by Edmonton Airports today.

Edmonton Airports engaged aviation experts, SYPHER:MUELLER International Inc. and InterVISTAS Consulting Inc. to review air service pre and post consolidation and the effect of consolidation on its growth. That report highlighted overall improvements to air service, which was released last month. Their findings also demonstrate significant improvement in access to the North, with an increased number of flights, increased seat capacity, greater choice of carriers, lower fares and better connections.

“The Edmonton region is Alberta’s ‘Gateway to the North’ and quality air service is essential to serving Northern Alberta, Northern B.C., Northwest Territories and the Yukon,” stated President and CEO Scott Clements. “This report provides data that illustrates consolidation has worked for the Capital Region and the North.”

Clements added, “It demonstrates that there has been significant growth in air service and passengers to and from the North, supporting the continued expansion of northern economies.”
Improvements to northern air service since consolidation include:

o 49% increase in the number of flights from Edmonton to Northern Canada.
o 139% increase in the number of arriving/departing passengers from all northern destinations, including Northern Alberta, Northern B.C, NWT and the Yukon.
o 165% increase in the number of arriving/departing passengers from Northern Alberta.
o 31% increase in departing seat capacity to northern destinations.
• Reductions of between 15% and 30% on average lowest air fares to most northern destinations.
• 24 new non-stop destinations, for a total of 40, to which Northern passengers can connect.
• 11 carriers serving the North versus 3 in 1996.

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 Capital Region.

Other related information:
• Air Service Northern Report (pdf 2601KB)
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