Edmonton International Airport
|Edmonton International Airport|
|The check-in area of the South Terminal|
|IATA: YEG – ICAO: CYEG
– WMO: 71123
|Serves||Edmonton Capital Region, Alberta|
|Location||Leduc County, near Leduc, Alberta|
|Elevation AMSL||2,373 ft / 723 m|
|Sources: Canada Flight Supplement
Movements from Statistics Canada
Passengers from Edmonton Airports.
Edmonton International Airport (IATA: YEG, ICAO: CYEG) is the primary air passenger and air cargo facility in the Edmonton region of the Canadian province of Alberta. It is a hub facility for Northern Alberta and Northern Canada, providing regularly scheduled nonstop flights to over fifty communities in Canada, the United States, Latin America and Europe. It is one of Canada's largest airports by total land area, the 5th busiest airport by passenger traffic, and the 10th busiest by aircraft movements. Operated by Edmonton Airports and located 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi) south southwest of downtown Edmonton, in Leduc County, and adjacent to the City of Leduc, it served over 6.6 million passengers in 2012.
Airline usage 
Edmonton International Airport is one of WestJet's largest focus cities: the airline flies to 27 destinations with 46 daily departures, non-stop, from Edmonton. WestJet is the largest carrier at Edmonton International Airport, holding more than 50% of the market share. Edmonton is also a focus city for flag carrier Air Canada and Air Canada Express, which, combined, operate to 12 destinations.
Transport Canada selected the current site for Edmonton International Airport and purchased over 7,000 acres (28 km2) of land. When the airport opened in 1960, its first terminal was an arch hangar. Today, it is in use by L-3 Communications. In 1963, a passenger terminal, built in the international style, was opened. It remains in use as the North Terminal. Artwork, fired by Alberta Natural Gas, adorned the departures area exterior. A large mural, commissioned by the Canadian government in 1963 for CAD$18,000 titled "Bush Pilot in Northern Sky" by Jack Shadbolt, remains to this day. An appraisal in 2005 indicated that the mural was worth $750,000, and a restoration of the mural was undertaken in 2007.
During the 1970s, the airport experienced a rapid growth in traffic as the city of Edmonton grew, and served approximately 2 million passengers by 1980. However, from the early 1980s until 1995, traffic declined. This decline was attributed to the continued usage of Edmonton City Centre Airport as well as to a slowing economy. Edmonton City Centre did not have the facilities to accept large aircraft, and airlines used City Centre to fly short-haul flights to hubs in other cities.
In 1998, the airport underwent a $282 million "1998–2005 Redevelopment Project". The three-phase project included the construction of a south terminal and central hall concept, a commuter facility, doubling of the apron, and a multi-storey parkade. This redevelopment project expanded the passenger capacity to 5.5 million.
By 2005, the expansion project was completed. However continued passenger growth triggered planning for another expansion.
In 2008, additional parking opened as a first phase of this second major expansion. Construction on this expansion continues to date.
In March 2010, the airport launched a campaign aimed at "repatriating" travellers who drive to the southern Alberta city of Calgary to catch their flights, rather than using Edmonton International. The campaign, poorly received in Calgary, uses television and radio ads featuring "addicts" recovering from their "Calgary habit", and advises Edmontonians that, "When you head south, so does your air service".
In Edmonton, citizens and businesses are upset that Calgary has more flights, despite the populations of the two centres being nearly equal. Calgary's larger airport is attributed to active hubbing by airlines like Air Canada and its Star Alliance partners, and WestJet.
US Quick Connect 
Passengers from domestic flights connecting in Edmonton to a US destination use EIA's Quick Connect, which relieves passengers from having to claim and recheck baggage during the connection, and the passenger remains post-security the entire trip.
An expansion programme initiated in October 2007 is nearing completion. The expansion increased the number of gates available for aircraft, improved apron capacity, and significantly increased the number of food and beverage options available in the terminal for passenger use. It also implemented incremental improvements like improving de-icing capacity and implementing common use systems for airlines. As of late 2012, much of the new expansion has come online nearly doubling the size of the airport's departure area. A new international arrivals area staffed by Canada Customs is now fully operational as well. Construction of a new iconic control tower is also well underway.
Airlines and destinations 
Scheduled airlines and destinations 
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Charter airlines and destinations 
|Sunwing Airlines||Seasonal: Cancún, Huatulco, Las Vegas, Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Abel Santa Maria, Varadero||North, South|
Other operations 
The following airlines operate out of private facilities:
|Alta Flights||Private charters|
|ConnectAir||Calgary, Fort Nelson|
|Flair Airlines||Albian Sands|
|Morningstar Partners||Private charters|
|Kenn Borek Air||Private charters|
|North Cariboo Air||Private charters|
|Regional 1||Private charters|
|Shell Canada Aviation||Albian Sands|
|Suncor Energy||Firebag, Fort St. John|
|Sunwest Aviation||Private charters|
|Astar Air Cargo operated by Nolinor|
|Canadian North Cargo|
|FedEx Feeder operated by Morningstar Air Express|
|First Air Cargo|
|Polar Air Cargo|
|Purolator Courier operated by Kelowna Flightcraft|
Top routes 
|2||Phoenix||169,042||US Airways, WestJet|
|5||Minneapolis/St. Paul||114,334||Delta Connection|
|9||San Francisco||81,668||United Express|
Ground transport 
Public transit 
Edmonton Transit System (ETS) provides express service between the Edmonton International Airport and the Century Park LRT Station, facilitating connections to the region's wider transit system. Route 747 runs hourly between 4:10 a.m. and 12:00 a.m., with increased service during peak times. A one-way fare is C$5.00.
Airport shuttle 
The SkyShuttle services the airport and selected stops in the city of Edmonton typically adjacent to major hotels. This service must be pre-booked by phone or online. The fare for this route is C$18.00 one way per adult as of 2012.
Operating conditions 
Summer highs can reach 35.3 °C (95.5 °F), while winter lows have reached −48.3 °C (−54.9 °F), creating one of the widest temperature swings of a major airport in Canada. Humidity however, is typically low in all seasons.
Edmonton International Airport is located within the Edmonton Capital Region, close to the towns of Devon and Beaumont, the city of Leduc, and adjacent to the Nisku industrial park. It is immediately west of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, south of Highway 19, and 1.6 km (0.99 mi) north of Highway 39. Within this immediate radius of the terminal there are many full-service hotels and offsite parking lots complete with terminal shuttle service to offer a full range of services to the traveling public.
Regional air traffic control 
The Edmonton Area Control Centre (ICAO: CZEG) operated by Nav Canada is located at the airport. It is responsible for all aircraft movements over Alberta (including Calgary) and most of northern Canada, including the high Arctic.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Edmonton International Airport|
- EIA (Edmonton International Airport) homepage
- Fly Edmonton Campaign
- Canadian Owners and Pilots Association Places to Fly Airport Directory page about Edmonton International Airport
- Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Edmonton International Airport from Nav Canada as available.