Edmonton International Airport

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Edmonton International Airport
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WMO: 71123
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada
Operator Edmonton Airports
Serves Edmonton Capital Region, Alberta
Location Leduc County, near Leduc, Alberta
Focus city for
Time zone MST (UTC−07:00)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL 2,373 ft / 723 m
Coordinates 53°18′36″N 113°34′46″W / 53.31000°N 113.57944°W / 53.31000; -113.57944Coordinates: 53°18′36″N 113°34′46″W / 53.31000°N 113.57944°W / 53.31000; -113.57944
Website www.flyeia.com
CYEG is located in Alberta
Location within Alberta
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 10,995 3,351 Asphalt
12/30 10,200 3,109 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft movements 168,889
Passengers 8,240,161
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[1]
Environment Canada[2]
Movements from Statistics Canada[3]
Passengers from Edmonton Airports.[4]

Edmonton International Airport (IATA: YEGICAO: 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. It is Canada's largest major airport by total land area,[5][6] the 5th busiest airport by passenger traffic and by aircraft movements.[3][4] Operated by Edmonton Airports and located 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi) south southwest[1] of downtown Edmonton, it served 8,240,161 passengers in 2014.[4]


Airside Terminal, 1979

Transport Canada selected the current site for Edmonton International Airport and purchased over 7,000 acres (28 km2) of land. When the airport opened on November 15, 1960,[7] 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 wide bodied long haul aircraft, thus airlines used City Centre to fly short-haul flights to hubs in other cities such as Calgary where connections to many locations were available.

Growth returned in 1995. In a municipal plebiscite in that year, 77% of voting Edmontonians voted to consolidate all scheduled jet passenger service at Edmonton International Airport.[8]

In 1998, the airport underwent a $282 million "1998–2005 Redevelopment Project".[9] 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 the time the expansion project was completed in 2005, continued passenger growth triggered planning for another expansion.[10] A new 107,000-square-foot control and office tower was added in 2009.[11]

Terminal expansion in January 2010
Airport Control Tower

Further expansion was completed in 2013. Expansions have increased terminal capacity, improved the passenger experience through introduction of travelators, lounges, and retail, increased the number of gates available for aircraft and improved apron capacity among other improvements. Incremental improvements like improving de-icing capacity and implementing common use systems for airlines were also delivered. The Renaissance Hotel and the iconic snow-drift inspired control and office tower are recent major additions to the airport landscape.

Outlet Mall and Air-Cargo[edit]

In May 2015, construction on a 415,000 square feet (38,600 m2) Outlet Mall at the airport had started. The contractor, Ivanhoe Cambridge, says it plans to now offer over 100 outlet brands at the airport. Paul Gleeson, vice president of Ivanhoe Cambridge, revealed details about the mall, which will anchor the airport’s highway commercial development project, a planned shopping, office, entertainment and hotel development adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth II Highway at Airport Road.

In January 2015, Edmonton-based trucking company Roseneau Transport, unveiled its plan to open a new 210,000 square feet (20,000 m2) distribution centre and warehouse at the airport in November 2015. The facility, custom-built by Panattoni Development Company, will be a hub between the company’s ground cargo and its new venture of air freight and will give Western Canadian shippers the ability to send cargo to Edmonton that can be put on a plane to any destination within 24-hours. [12]

Additional air cargo expansion at the airport includes:

  • Cargojet upgauged its existing Edmonton service from a Boeing 757-F to a wide-body Boeing 767-300, increasing both payload and volume for businesses to ship more, heavier, larger goods.
  • DHL Express launched a new commercial wide-body route to Edmonton that arrives earlier and leaves later, providing regional business with increased access to express shipping.
  • Braden-Bury Expediting (BBE) is now located in the same building as Canada Border Services Agency; with 40,000 square feet of warehouse space and convenient access to customs processing, which will help expedite the flow of goods to and from the Edmonton region.
  • EIA has expanded Cargo Apron Seven to accommodate two additional code F aircraft (the largest variant). Additional operating and storage areas have been incorporated, including aircraft nose tethers.
  • EIA upgraded its ground handling equipment with a new, 2014 Commander 60 main deck loader, eight 20-foot dollies and a 20-foot drive-over scale; the airport can, and regularly does, handle the world’s largest cargo aircraft - The Antonov An-225 & Boeing 747-8[13]

In July 2015, Air China Cargo announced it would be launching the first direct freighter service between China and Canada. The route will link Shanghai with Edmonton as well as Dallas. The 777F will land 6 times a week at the airport, 3 flights from Shanghai, and 3 flights from Dallas. "This will be the first freighter route between Mainland China and Alberta, and is a key step in connecting two economies with high-growth momentum," Air China Cargo Vice President Patrick Yu said. "The market demand for direct cargo services between Asia and Canada has been growing, and our brand new route will help build important trade links between the two regions.[14]

Airline Service[edit]

WestJet aircraft at Edmonton International Airport, as seen from the North Terminal

EIA 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.[15] Edmonton is also a focus city for flag carrier Air Canada and Air Canada Express, which, combined, operate to 12 destinations.

Canadian North and First Air connect their northern networks through Edmonton.[16][17]

Edmonton is the largest gateway in western Canada for Sunwing Airlines.[18] Recently, Icelandair commenced non-stop flights to Rejkyavik, and KLM began a non-stop service to Amsterdam on May 20th 2015.

In Mid-July 2015, Westjet announced 60 additional weekly flights to Grande Prairie, Calgary, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Saskatoon and Regina.

Beginning December 19, 2015 Delta Air Lines begins daily non-stop service to Seattle/Tacoma operated by SkyWest Airlines.


EIA offers US Border Pre-clearance facilities.[19] 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 just has to clear security and US Customs and Border Protection before proceeding to their departure gate.

The four-star Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel is attached to the terminal.[20]

EIA can handle aircraft designated as Code F by the ICAO (the Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus A380), and has been approved by airline as a diversion airport for the A380. They can be accommodated at gates 78, 80, 82 or 84 in the US departures area if the adjacent gates are not in use.[21] Such a diversion has happened at least once thus far.[22]

EIA has a wide catchment range encompassing Central and Northern Alberta, northern British Columbia, and Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Total catchment area is 1.8 million residents.[23]

EIA 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.[24][25][26][27]

Emergency and policing[edit]

Edmonton International Airport Emergency Response Services provides fire services from one station with five tenders/pumpers and additional assistance from the Leduc County Fire Services with an additional pumper on site.

Policing is provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Airport Detachment.

Day to Day security is provided by Garda.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Edmonton International Airport provides scheduled non-stop flights to 60 destinations.[28]

Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER arriving at Edmonton International Airport
Air Transat Airbus A330-200 departing Edmonton International Airport
American Airlines Airbus A319 at Edmonton International Airport
Icelandair Boeing 757 departing Edmonton International Airport
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver South
Air Canada Express Calgary, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Yellowknife North, South
Air North Whitehorse, Calgary North
Air Transat Winter Seasonal: Cancún, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Varadero2 North, South
Air Transat
operated by Enerjet
Summer Seasonal: Cancún, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Varadero2
Winter Seasonal: Huatulco, San Jose del Cabo, Manzanillo
North, South
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Seattle/Tacoma US
Alaska Airlines
operated by SkyWest Airlines
Seattle/Tacoma US
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth (ends February 10, 2016), Phoenix US
Canadian North Yellowknife
Charter: Fort MacKay
Central Mountain Air Calgary, Fort St. John, High Level North
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul US
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle/Tacoma (begins December 19, 2015)[29] US
First Air Yellowknife
Seasonal charter: Vancouver
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavik South
Integra Air Lethbridge Executive
KLM Amsterdam South
Northern Air Peace River Executive
Northwestern Air Fort McMurray, Fort Smith, Hay River, High Level North
Sunwing Airlines Cancún, Cayo Coco2, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, San Jose del Cabo2, Varadero
Seasonal: Holguin, Huatulco2, Freeport, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo2, Liberia (CR), Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Punta Cana, Santa Clara2
North, South
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental US
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, San Francisco US
WestJet Abbotsford, Calgary, Cancún, Comox, Fort McMurray, Halifax, Kelowna, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Yellowknife
Seasonal: Hamilton, Kahului (begins December 12, 2015), London-Gatwick (begins May 7, 2016),[30] Mazatlan, Montréal–Trudeau, Orlando, Ottawa, Palm Springs, San José del Cabo
South, US
WestJet Encore Abbotsford, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo (begins December 15, 2015),[31] Regina, Saskatoon North
  • ^1 : U.S. bound flights departing after 19:00, depart from the domestic terminal and do not use U.S. border preclearance.
  • ^2 : This flight makes a stop between Edmonton and the listed destination. However, the airline does not transport passengers between Edmonton and intermediate stop.


Expansion of the domestic and international terminal
The check-in area of the South Terminal
The Departures Lounge of the South Terminal, as seen from the Observation Deck in Central Hall
Airlines Destinations
Air China Cargo Dallas/Fort Worth, Shanghai–Pudong [32]
DHL Aviation
operated by Southern Air
Calgary, Cincinnati
FedEx Express Memphis
FedEx Feeder
operated by Morningstar Air Express
Purolator Courier
operated by Cargojet Airways
Winnipeg, Hamilton


The following airlines operate out of private facilities:

Canadian North maintains its operations facilities on a building on the airport grounds.[33][34]


Top international destinations[edit]

Busiest non-stop international routes from YEG (2013)[35][36][37]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Phoenix 195,369 US Airways, WestJet
2 Las Vegas 182,303 WestJet
3 Houston-Intercontinental 150,608 United
4 Seattle/Tacoma 138,775 Alaska
5 Denver 109,670 United
6 Minneapolis/St. Paul 105,995 Delta
7 Cancun 96,003 Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet
8 London-Heathrow 93,564 Air Canada
9 Los Angeles 88,503 WestJet
10 Chicago-O'Hare 82,321 United

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at YEG, 1997 thru 2014[38]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 6,089,099 2000 3,843,321
2009 6,090,213 1999 3,700,016
2008 6,437,334 1998 3,791,574
2007 6,064,610 1997 3,720,623
2006 5,213,992
2005 4,511,452
2014 8,240,161 2004 4,081,565
2013 7,697,995 2003 3,882,497
2012 6,676,857 2002 3,773,800
2011 6,277,137 2001 3,940,416

Ground transport[edit]

Public transit[edit]

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 midnight, with increased service during peak times. A one-way fare is C$5.00.[39][40]

Leduc Transit provides service between the airport and the city of Leduc.[41]

Airport shuttle[edit]

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.[42]

Operating conditions[edit]


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.[43]

Regional air traffic control[edit]

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.


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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