Air Canada to open new cargo and ground support services facility at Edmonton Airport
Oct 30, 2018: Air Canada has signed 15-year lease agreement with Edmonton International Airport (YEG) for a new multi tenant facility that will house its ground support equipment service and cargo teams at the airport.
This represents an investment of $19 million by the airline over the term of the lease. The 50,000 square foot (4,645 square metres) building will be constructed by Terracap Group.
Air Canada's Ground Support Equipment team will utilise 30,000 square feet (2,787 square metres) of the new facility, while Air Canada Cargo will occupy the remaining 20,000 square feet (1,858 square metres). The new facility is expected to open in September 2019.
"The new building means our Edmonton ground support equipment team can continue ensuring the approximately 167 vehicles and motorised ground support equipment Air Canada operate at the Edmonton International Airport are maintained to the highest safety, environmental and operational standards in a modern facility," stated Kevin Howlett, SVP, Regional Markets & Government Relations.
"Additionally, Air Canada Cargo has significant business in Alberta and Western Canada, and with air freight and logistics being a rapidly growing sector, we have a strong focus on infrastructure improvement across our network.”
The new facility will include five spacious maintenance bays to facilitate the upkeep of Air Canada's approximately 167 airport vehicles in use at Edmonton Airport, comprising pushback tugs to bag tractors and other vehicles. The building has separate, dedicated areas for maintaining an ever-increasing fleet of baggage carts and container dollies, as well as for welding and machining operations and enables equipment painting year-round regardless of the season. Other features include a dedicated area for electricians to carry out specialized electrical repairs and a training room that will support continuous learning by keeping mechanics current with the latest technology. Air Canada will continue to meet environmental requirements efficiently through a dedicated area to effectively handle hazardous materials.
The new building will also provide modern, upgraded facilities for Air Canada Cargo which will enable the integration of technology infrastructure and enhanced space usage for the optimal flow of goods. In 2017, Air Canada Cargo handled 3.2 million kilograms of goods, including pharmaceuticals, mail, art, and oil and gas industry equipment through its Edmonton cargo facility.
"In addition to their San Francisco and Las Vegas route expansions from Edmonton International Airport this year, they are further committing to the Edmonton Metro Region with their investment into this new facility, helping to grow our airport and our Airport City," said Tom Ruth, president and CEO, Edmonton International Airport.
This fall from Edmonton, Air Canada will offer more than 290 flights each week (up to 44 daily flights) to 12 destinations (14 in winter) in North America, including one daily flight to Las Vegas which will launch on October 28, and the daily non-stop flights to San Francisco which began earlier this year.