Building our Future
Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization mandated to drive economic prosperity for the region.EIA has been the fastest-growing major airport in Canada over the last 10 years with an economic impact of over $2.2 billion in 2014.
Long-term growth projections for the Edmonton Region and for EIA indicate that we will outgrow our two current runways in about 20 to 25 years. To ensure we have the capacity to continue driving our economy and attracting more flights to more places, we will need a new runway.
Since the 1990s, EIA’s 25-year master plan has included development of a third runway. The plan and the runway placement was supported by the Capital Region Board, a group of elected municipal leaders who oversee the development plans of the 24 municipalities within the Edmonton
Like other major infrastructure projects, planning and building a new runway takes many years. That process is already underway. EIA is working with landowners, neighbouring communities, residents and others to move forward with third runway development in a way that respects the needs of all stakeholders. Based on these discussions, some adjustments have be made to the runway’s location.
The runway will intersect Highway 19. Safety and security on this road is a key priority for EIA. Our emergency crews are first responders to incidents on this highway, which is a major transportation route for our workers, our passengers and our partners. EIA has been working with Alberta Transportation to align runway development with provincial plans to twin the highway. EIA has committed to paying for extra costs associated with realigning the highway when it is twinned, completed research, and provided Alberta Transportation with all requested information. Alberta Transportation has sole jurisdiction over highway development and makes all decisions related to the twininng of Highway 19.