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Our Airport
Turns Into a City.

A destination designed to embolden our regional economy. Airport City is no longer a vision. The stakes are in the ground. Development is underway. In fact, one third of the businesses are already operating. We are transforming 25 acres of prime real estate into a first-of-its-kind destination enabled by Edmonton International Airport.

Board Chair’s Message

The airport is a servant of the region and its citizens. 2017 made this more clear than ever. Our incredible team is so dedicated to the community whose resilience has been our inspiration and fuel. And despite a struggling economy, we grew jobs, long-term investments and unparalleled commercial development. EIA is an economic engine and always will be.

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Naseem Bashir
Board Chairman

President’s message

Our year has been an example of what happens when vision, drive and optimism work together. And we have every reason to be optimistic. From the incredible growth on airport lands to the thousands of new jobs created, our success means prosperity for everyone in the region. EIA has become Airport City — an interconnected ecosystem where you visit, stay and play. And there’s plenty more to come.

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Tom Ruth
President & CEO

Airport City Is A Major Economic Boost.

As an economic engine, we keep our region moving forward by doing more and forging partnerships for the benefit of our employees, businesses, the environment and our communities.


Jobs. Jobs. And New Markets.

The last year at EIA saw unprecedented growth in commercial developments, which created new jobs for our region and drove up our total economic impact. Over $3.2 billion: that was our total economic output in 2017. And we supported 26,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs with up to 2,000 more on the way. Local businesses were connected with more international markets, and we signed the Inter-Jurisdiction Cooperation Accord to advance our region a global investment destination. It’s true; we aim to leave an impression.

Over $3.2 billion. that was our total economic output in 2017.


The Planet Matters In Our World.

We’re aligning with provincial/regional climate change initiatives, building solar projects, a Wetland Treatment Facility and achieving LEED Gold certifications. Reducing our carbon output matters and so does staying on track for carbon neutral growth into 2021. Even our Wildlife Management Plan added to its toolkit in 2017 with Robird, an environmentally-friendly robot drone that mimics the flight of a falcon to keep birds away from aircraft. This made us the first airport in the world to launch a UAV program.

Community investment

This Is How We Care.

As an equal opportunity employer, we invest in the 300+ talented employees who work here. And we support local talent, too. From the musicians who play their original music in the terminal to Canada’s first short story dispensing machine introduced at the airport in 2017, we’re passionate about connecting our local arts scene to the world. Our Pet Therapy Program is still going strong, too. Eleven trained therapy dogs continue to put smiles on the faces of our passengers — another Canadian airport first.



Let’s Talk Big.

Contributing over $60 million in direct economic output and supporting over 230 FTE jobs, Villeneuve is the small airport with a big impact on our region. In 2017, they expanded and moved the aircraft tie down area, opening up more land for aviation infrastructure, developments and a hangar. What’s more, the annual Villeneuve Airshow saw a record 40,000 people over two days of family fun.

You can go places. Or you can stay.

We’re more than just a way-station — EIA is a destination in and of itself.


New developments


1,000 new construction jobs created

2017 saw 1,000 construction jobs created and many exciting announcements for the over 60 companies operating at the airport.

Infrastructure upgrades

Major Airport Road upgrades and lane extensions to Queen Elizabeth II Highway now provide safer, faster and more convenient access to the region’s new retail hub.



Premium outlet collection

Our region’s first true outlet shopping experience is here. And we couldn’t be happier to have it right next door. Ivanhoé Cambridge and Simon Property Group’s Premium Outlet Collection will feature over 100 renowned brands through 415,000 sq. ft of outlet space.


Red Cup Distillery

Get your authentic Alberta moonshine when this home-grown company from Vegreville, Alberta opens their new Red Cup Distillery facility at EIA.



Locals and traveling dog owners alike are welcoming Dogtopia to EIA in the fall: a dog daycare, spa and boarding facility.


Costco’s new warehouse near the Premium Outlet Collection will employee 250 people and offer visiting guests cargo services to ship their packages near and far.



Fairfield Inn by Marriott

The Fairfield Inn by Marriott hotel will open in the heart of the EIA’s new retail and entertainment zone.

Century Mile Racing Entertainment Centre

The Century Mile Racing Entertainment Centre will feature a racetrack and a multi-level entertainment centre with over 500 slot machines.

goods and passengers that much further.

Technological advancements and enhanced services are taking passengers and cargo to new places.

Air services

More flights to more destinations.
Targeting what our region wants and expects.

Peak travel season

Huatulco, Mexico is now within reach aboard WestJet’s non-stop flights during the holiday season.

More daily service

Get to Abbotsford or Victoria, British Columbia via 13 different non-stop WestJet flights.

Route expansion

Flair Airlines now lands at three international airports out of Edmonton, including Toronto Pearson, Vancouver International and Kelowna International.

New non-stops

Adding to our over 50 non-stop destinations, you can now land directly in California’s Silicon Valley and Bay Area with Air Canada’s new service to San Francisco. Central Mountain Air is also offering a new non-stop to Prince George, B.C., in response to demand.

The future of air travel

Passenger experiences go digital.

We’re working with airlines partners to streamline airport processes through technology. So it’s more efficient and easier for passengers to navigate the airport.

Paperless travel

Paperless travel is now possible as airlines offer digital boarding passes, which are recognized by the Canadian Air Transportation Security Agency, for use with mobile phones. In addition, United States Customs and Border Protection has Automated Passport Control kiosks at the airport, while the Canada Border Services Agency has Primary Inspection Kiosks, all of which reduce paper waste and expedite passenger processing.


Our online EIA rewards program continues to make passengers’ experiences more enjoyable. Like offering complimentary Plaza Premium Lounge access and parking discounts along with monthly contests for free flights. We keep our members informed and excited about all that’s happening in Airport City.


A 24/7 movement.

Did you know that we’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no curfews or restrictions? Our cargo facilities operate within Port Alberta’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) with transpacific and transatlantic charter services. So our regional businesses can trade with even more of the world.

The home of innovation

Innovative companies are positioning our region globally as a knowledge and technology powerhouse.


Aurora Sky

The largest and most sophisticated cannabis production facility in the world.

The medical cannabis market is rapidly expanding. And Aurora Cannabis’ 30-acre “Aurora Sky” facility is leading the charge on airport lands. Its location at EIA provides several strategic advantages, including access to transportation, courier services and international customs for clearing supplies and equipment, and positions Aurora Cannabis to meet the rapidly expanding medical cannabis market.

Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC)

Building a cluster of activity in aerospace and technology at the airport.

Advanced technology company partners added to the AATC in 2017:

Promethean Labs

An Edmonton-based space information start-up providing satellite data to support forestry, mining and agriculture industries. They’re also measuring greenhouse gas emissions.

Aerium Analytics

A Canadian-owned and operated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-as-a-service. Where EIA’s Robird drone comes from.

Absolute Combustion International (ACI) Labs

Researching and developing combustion technology while creating innovative solutions for the aerospace industry in emissions and safety.

Alberta Centre for Advanced Micro and Nano Technology Products (ACAMP)

Helping Alberta businesses expand into the global advanced transportation and connected vehicles systems market.



A brand new driver training facility.

With a five-acre test driving track and simulation trainer, the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s new facility now conducts commercial driver training all in one convenient location.

Parking & ground transportation

More bookings and plans for better connectivity to the airport.

A 25 per cent increase in revenue over 2016 and a 33% increase in bookings make one thing clear: our passengers love our excellent product offerings and customer service. And so is transit to and from. In 2017, we continued to lay the ground work for an integrated transit network, better connecting travellers and employees with EIA.

Our lands.
Your aspirations realized.

Whether tech, agri-food, aerospace or pharma, we have the land to house your facilities and the amenities rarely seen in industrial parks.

At Airport City, our goal is to…

Give you
room to grow.

There’s something — and space — for everyone.

Help you reach
new heights.

It’s a win-win. When your business thrives, so does our air service.

Be an economic

Powering the prosperity of all the businesses and communities that connect us.

Awe-inspiring is one way to describe Airport City. Booming is another. It’s the destination before the journey— and ours is just beginning. View full annual report