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July 13, 2007 | General

Preparing to travel – When preparing for a flight, please remember the following:

• Ensure that you are aware and have packed all documentation required to travel. Documentation requirements are different depending on whether you are travelling within Canada or to another country. Regardless, bring photo ID for all flights;
• If you are making arrangements for children under the age of 18, there may be specific documentation required, particularly if the minor is travelling without both parents/guardians;
confirm travel details with your airline. See the Arlines Listings page for more information;
• Call your airline to: confirm your flight, confirm that your luggage is within the size and weight restrictions, and ask your airline to clarify any questions you have regarding restrictions for carry-on and checked luggage.

Reporting to the Airport

Listed below are airline guidelines for reporting to Edmonton International Airport. However, Edmonton Airports recommends that throughout the Christmas season, you arrive at the airport 15 minutes earlier; the Christmas season always means greater traffic volumes.

Airline Check-In Recommendations:

• Air Canada/Tango/Jazz/Zip: 30 minutes for Rapidair; one hour for domestic; 90 minutes for U.S. flights and 3 hours for international flights.
• Air North: 1 hour ahead of flight departure.
• Air Transat: Up to 3 hours ahead of flight departure.
• Canadian North: 1 hour ahead of flight departure.
• Central Mountain Air: 30 min to 1 hour ahead of flight departure.
• First Air: 1 hour ahead of flight departure.
• HMY Airways: Up to 3 hours ahead of flight departure.
• Horizon Air: 2 hours ahead of flight departure.
• Northwest Airlines: 2 hours ahead of flight departure (1.5 hours ahead of flight departure if leaving before 7 a.m.).
• Skyservice: Up to 3 hours ahead of flight departure.
• United Express: 2 hours ahead of flight departure.
• WestJet: 1 hour ahead of flight departure.

Parking: Limited curbside meters are available for vehicles dropping off passengers, and availability will be limited during the holiday rush. The maximum time allowed on each meter is 20 minutes per vehicle. For maximum flexibility, those dropping off/picking up travellers should park in the hourly Parkade.

Weekly parking is available in the Parkade and the economical Value Park facility. A discounted weekly rate of $20 per week is being offered for a limited time only through the holiday season in the Value Park facility.

$12.00 Valet Park service is also available to travellers in a rush or seeking the added convenience of dropping their vehicle off at the North Terminal departures level curb. Your vehicle will be available at the curb upon your arrival back to Edmonton.

All facilities offer free plug-ins and battery boosts. A complimentary coat check service is provided exclusively to customers who park at the airport parking facility. Take advantage of Edmonton Airports Parking services, and avoid travelling to sunny destinations with bulky winter coats. The Value Park facility also offers complimentary luggage assistance and shuttle service to the terminal building.

Security Screening at the Airport:

To assist with efficient processing through security screening, please consider the following guidelines:
• Check with your airline to determine their carry-on limits. Some carriers permit one carry-on item and one personal item such as a purse on-board the aircraft. Some carriers allow two carry-on items.
• Pack your own bags. Travel light; this will assist with getting you through security screening quickly, and will assist the travellers in line behind you.
• If you are unsure of an item you are taking through security, please declare the item; do not let security screeners “discover” an item that may be questionable.
• Do not bring any wrapped packages in your carry-on.
Airport security agencies have been directed by Transport Canada to seize all knives or knife-like objects during pre-boarding screening. Ensure there are no sharp objects like scissors in your carry-on bag. Take time when packing, and avoid bringing anything that could be interpreted as a weapon or a dangerous item.

Examples of items NOT permitted through security include:

Flammable liquids, golf clubs, hockey sticks, knives or knife-like objects, liquids in unmarked bottles, large quantities of matches, paint, pepper spray, straight razors, toy weapons, trade tools. See the Packing for Your Trip page for an expanded list of prohibited items, and other packing tips.

Electronic Equipment:

Those travellers bringing electronic equipment as carry-on must be prepared to declare them, and demonstrate that they are in working order. These include radios, radio cassette players, personal stereos, compact disc players, laptop computers, electronic games, calculators, clocks, hair dryers, travel irons, portable telephones, pagers, cameras, video cameras, mini televisions, hair curlers, electronic razors, musical keyboards, electric tooth brushes, children’s battery operated toys, etc.

Sources of Information for Travellers:

If Edmonton Airports can be of assistance to you, please access our website at Through our website you can access real-time flight information, and complete airline listings. You can also contact us by calling 890-8382 or 1-800-268-7134. Travel Agents are also a good source of advice and can provide you with travel options.
Finally, Edmonton International Airport is committed to complying with all government directives to ensure a safe and secure trip for all travellers. We wish you a peaceful holiday season.

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.