Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport
WMO: 71123
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada[1]
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
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 (2013)
Aircraft movements 142,269
Passengers 6,983,229
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[2]
Environment Canada[3]
Movements from Statistics Canada[4]
Passengers from Edmonton Airports.[5]

Edmonton International Airport (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 fifty-eight destinations in Canada, the United States, Latin America and Europe. It is Canada's largest airport by total land area,[6][7] the 5th busiest airport by passenger traffic, and the 8th busiest by aircraft movements.[4][8] Operated by Edmonton Airports and located 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi) south southwest[2] of downtown Edmonton, it served 6,983,229 passengers in 2013.[8]


  • History 1
    • Expansion 1.1
  • Facilities 2
  • Airlines and destinations 3
    • Scheduled airlines and destinations 3.1
    • Cargo 3.2
    • Other operations 3.3
  • Statistics 4
  • Ground transport 5
    • Public transit 5.1
    • Airport shuttle 5.2
  • Operating conditions 6
    • Weather 6.1
    • Regional air traffic control 6.2
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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 in 1960,[9] 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.

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.[10]

In 1998, the airport underwent a $282 million "1998–2005 Redevelopment Project".[11] 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.[12]


Terminal expansion in January 2010

Edmonton International Airport has undergone two major expansions, the most recent completed in 2013. The airport authority has drafted long-term expansion plans, but no major work has yet been announced for the immediate future. Much of the existing terminal has been newly built within the last five years. A four-star Renaissance Hotel and an iconic control and office tower are other major additions to the airport landscape. The most recent expansion programme 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.


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.[13] 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.[14][15]

EIA offers US Border Pre-clearance facilities.[16] 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.

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 gate 80A in the US departures area if the adjacent gates are not in use.[17] Such a diversion has happened at least once thus far.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20][21][22][23]

Airlines and destinations

Scheduled airlines and destinations

Edmonton International Airport provides scheduled non-stop flights to 58 destinations.[24]

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
Seasonal: London–Heathrow[25]
Air Canada Express Calgary, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Yellowknife North, South
Air North Whitehorse North
Air Transat Winter Seasonal: Cancún, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Varadero North, South
Air Transat
operated by Enerjet
Summer Seasonal: Cancún, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Varadero
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 US
American Eagle Los Angeles US
Canadian North Yellowknife[14]
Charter: Fort MacKay
Central Mountain Air Calgary, Fort St. John, High Level, Rainbow Lake North
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul US
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul US
First Air Yellowknife
Seasonal charter: Vancouver
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavik [26] South
Integra Air Lethbridge Executive
KLM Amsterdam (begins May 5, 2015)[27] South
Northern Air Peace River[28] Executive
Northwestern Air Fort McMurray, Fort Nelson, Fort Smith, Hay River, High Level North
Sunwing Airlines Cancún, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Varadero
Seasonal: Cayo Coco, Freeport, Huatulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Las Vegas, Liberia (CR), Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Punta Cana, San Jose del Cabo, Santa Clara
North, South
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental US
United Express Houston–Intercontinental, San Francisco US
US Airways Phoenix US
WestJet Abbotsford, Calgary, Cancún, Comox, Fort McMurray, Kelowna, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Yellowknife
Seasonal: Halifax, Hamilton, Mazatlan, Montréal–Trudeau, Orlando, Ottawa, Palm Springs, San José del Cabo
South, US
operated by Thomas Cook
Seasonal: Kahului US
WestJet Encore Abbotsford (begins June 15, 2015), Calgary, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Kamloops (begins February 15, 2015), Kelowna, 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
DHL Express
operated by ABX Air
Calgary, Cincinnati
Cargojet Airways Winnipeg
FedEx Express Memphis
FedEx Feeder operated by Morningstar Air Express Vancouver
Purolator Courier operated by Kelowna Flightcraft Hamilton

Other operations

The following airlines operate out of private facilities:

Canadian North maintains its operations facilities on a building on the airport grounds.[29][30]


Busiest non-stop international routes from Edmonton (2013)[31][32][33]
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 128,775 Alaska
5 Denver 109,670 United
6 Minneapolis/St. Paul 97,995 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

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.[34][35]

Leduc Transit provides service between the airport and the city of Leduc.[36]

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.[37]

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.[38]

Regional air traffic control

The Edmonton 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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  2. ^ a b Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
  3. ^ Meteorological data
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  13. ^ Passenger numbers stable in Canada in Q1; Ottawa only top 10 airport growing at more than 5%; Demand up at Air Canada and WestJet. anna.aero. Retrieved on April 23, 2011.
  14. ^ a b Canadian North Flight Schedule and Interactive Flight Map.
  15. ^ "Route Map". First Air. 
  16. ^ "Preclearance Locations". U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Edmonton International Airport Technical Data Guide" (PDF). March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Lufthansa A380 Emergency landing" on YouTube
  19. ^ Edmonton International Airport Market Profile
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ Leduc County map
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  23. ^ Ground Transportation – Edmonton International Airport. Flyeia.com (February 28, 2011). Retrieved on April 23, 2011.
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  25. ^ Patricia Kozicka and Caley Ramsay (October 9, 2013). "Air Canada grounding direct flight between Edmonton and London for nearly three months". Global News. 
  26. ^ "Icelandair Increases Edmonton Service". Icelandair. October 17, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  27. ^ "KLM expands network with new destination Edmonton" (Press release).  
  28. ^ "Northern Air Charter – Edmonton Scheduled Service". Northern Air. November 26, 2013. 
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  30. ^ "pre-kearl_general_info.pdf" (Archive). Boilermakers Local 146 (Boilermakers Union). Retrieved on March 21, 2014. "3731 52 Ave E. Edmonton International Airport, AB. T9E 0V4."
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  32. ^ "UK Airport Statistics". Civil Aviation Authority. 
  33. ^ "Estadística Mensual Operativa / Monthly Operating Statistics". Secretaría Dé Comunicaciones Y Transportes. March 4, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Route 747". City of Edmonton. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
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  36. ^ http://www.leduc.ca/Assets/Departments/Transit/Leduc+Transit+-+Route+3+map+and+schedule+-+image.jpg
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  38. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, Edmonton International Airport". Environment Canada. November 29, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 

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

External links

  • EIA (Edmonton International Airport) homepage
  • Fly Edmonton Campaign
  • Airport Directory page about Edmonton International AirportPlaces to FlyCanadian Owners and Pilots Association
  • Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Edmonton International Airport from Nav Canada as available.