Central Hall serves up 12 new chic-er and tastier shops and services on Dec. 6
On December 6th, 2011 we will cut the ribbon on the first phase of Expansion 2012. Pass through security and enjoy the superb views of the airfield and warm natural light of the newly expanded Central Hall.
This opening marks the beginning of an expansion of a lifetime, ushering in a higher level service, comfort and convenience at EIA.
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, satisfying meal, or last minute travel essentials, EIA has got you covered—so eat, shop, relax, and explore our 12 new shops and restaurants.
New services, more convenience at EIA
Designed to delight, EIA’s substantially expanded terminal will deliver an unprecedented level of customer service, comfort and efficiency.
Here’s what you can expect from Expansion 2012:
- New dining choices
- A wider variety of shopping, including stylish walk-through duty-free boutiques
- Moving sidewalks
- Open, comfortable passenger lounges
- A more efficient path for international and connecting passengers making their way to the gates
- A speedier US departures area
- New dedicated play areas and programming for children and other family services
- Business travellers will appreciate more workstations to take advantage of EIA’s free wireless Internet.
More aircraft gates
Expansion 2012 will add up to 13 new aircraft gates. They are the keys to attracting more flights to more places and spurring new business and tourism opportunities.
In 2008, EIA served 6.4 million passengers – 900,000 more than the design capacity of the existing terminal. All the gates were occupied during peak times. Two or three aircraft were lined up behind each gate, waiting for their turn. Although new speed-enhancing technologies helped, we needed to do more. And our airline partners told us directly that the airport’s stretched capacity was going to limit Edmonton’s air-service growth. Emphasis on “was.” Expansion 2012 unleashes a new EIA, ready to grow with Edmonton.