Edmonton International Airport begins infrastructure upgrades

Aerial view of Edmonton International Airport
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Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is set to undergo a significant infrastructure transformation, with crucial upgrades planned.

The Departures Roadway on Level Two becomes inaccessible commencing on September 26. These enhancements will temporarily close the elevated roadway and necessitate changes in passenger pick-up and drop-off locations.

The Construction Impact

During the construction period, the Departures Roadway adjacent to the terminal will be temporarily inaccessible to all traffic.

Additionally, the lower-level Arrivals Roadway will be limited to commercial vehicles and passengers requiring accessible access. As a result, passengers and visitors will need to adapt to these changes.

Source: Edmonton International Airport

Relocated Passenger Pick-up & Drop-off Area

To accommodate passengers, a new Passenger Pick-up & Drop-off Area has been designated east of the Easy Parkade. This location will serve as the new hub for arriving and departing passengers. Additionally, a Park & Wait Area is now available for those awaiting arriving passengers.


Passengers using the relocated Passenger Pick-up & Drop-off Area should prepare for a 5-10 minute walk to and from the terminal.

During the winter months, from November to April, seasonal shuttle service and heated shelters will be provided for added convenience.

Exterior view of Edmonton International Airport
Photo Credit: Edmonton International Airport

A Message from the CEO

“The Departures Roadway is an essential part of our airport infrastructure, and this upgrade is essential to maintain our commitment to providing top-notch facilities and services for our passengers, guests, and the entire region.”

“We recognize the inconvenience this may cause, and we have implemented various measures, including clear signage and additional staff, to assist passengers throughout the construction process,” says Myron Keehn, President & CEO of Edmonton International Airport.

Prepare for Changes

Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport 15 minutes earlier than usual and follow directional signage to navigate these temporary changes.

The safety and security of all airport users remain the top priority, and YEG sincerely appreciates your patience as these vital improvements are carried out.

Long-Term Benefits

While this construction project will cause temporary inconvenience, it is essential to note that these upgrades are not just for the short term. Edmonton International Airport is dedicated to providing better services and facilities in the long run.

The improvements are extensive, and as a result, the closure will extend into 2024. The construction will be managed by Edmonton-based PCL Construction, with engineering oversight by RJC.

Parking Options

For passengers seeking convenience, parking at the airport remains an excellent choice. YEG offers curbside shuttle service to the terminal with options like Value Park and jetSet, YEG’s parking partner.

Notably, jetSet Parking is offering a 20% discount with the promo code JETPAST20. This offer is valid for bookings made by October 31, 2023, for travel until January 12, 2024.

Supporting YEG’s Vision

Edmonton International Airport boasts more than 50 non-stop destinations and has a vision of expanding its flight offerings in the future.

When passengers choose YEG for their flights, they contribute to the airport’s business case for adding more flights and routes in the years to come.

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