Canada's Edmonton to add gates, runway

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Edmonton International Airport in Edmonton, Canada is gearing up to implement a C$1 billion expansion plan, and is looking to eventually construct a third runway.

Located in oil-rich Alberta, Edmonton has had double-digit passenger growth during the past three years. The airport was originally expected to serve 5.9 million passengers by 2015; this year more than 6.1 million passengers will fly through Edmonton, an airport spokesman tells ATI.

“The economy in all of Alberta is booming,” he says.

To accommodate the growth, the airport will add 13 gates at its south terminal, bringing the total number of gates to 30. Roughly 253,000 sq m of apron space will also be built. Construction is expected to be complete by 2012.

“With the expansion, that will give us [a] 50% increase in the number of passenger,” says the airport spokesman. “Going from 17 to 30 [gates] definitely increases the airline capacity to establish flights here and serve the customer base. Also, we are starting to employ common-use terminals so we have the maximum flexibility to move carriers wherever we need them in the airport.”

Edmonton will pursue new routes including direct flights to Frankfurt, New York City, Florida and Texas, particularly Houston, the spokesman says.  

The airport currently has two, V-shaped runways. A third runway will be built in 10 or 12 years, he says. The runway’s cost is not included in the current construction program.