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May 16, 2008 | General

EDMONTON — Edmonton International Airport’s new shuttle bus service served a total of 18,009 passengers in it’s first two months of service, Edmonton Airports and Laidlaw Transit Ltd. announced today.

The 18,009 passengers served in December and January is almost three times the 6,298 passengers served by the Grey Goose Airporter over the same period last year.

Ridership Comparison

                                          December     January     Total
Airporter (1995/96)       2,868              3,264         6,298
Sky Shuttle (1996/97)   7,717            10,292       18,009
Increase                            4,849             7,028        11,711
% Increase                       169%             215%         194%

“Edmonton and area residents as well as visitors to our city are clearly taking advantage of a convenient and cost-effective method of getting to and from the International Airport,” said Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports.

“In addition to the frequency and low cost of the Sky Shuttle, the service offers passengers well-trained and courteous drivers operating luxury equipment, both of which contribute to repeat business” said Sid Slach, District Director of Operations for Laidlaw Transit.

Edmonton Airports and Laidlaw Transit partnered to introduce the new service on December 1, 1996 in order to provide an economical and convenient shuttle bus service between the International Airport and the City of Edmonton. Cost of this service is $11 one-way or $18 for an open-ended return ticket. The Sky Shuttle serves a total of 12 stops along its Downtown, West End and University routes.

In addition to scheduled service, the Sky Shuttle luxury vans may be chartered for groups of up to 10 people at reasonable rates on a pre-arranged basis.

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