Edmonton airport closes part of terminal amid COVID-19 pandemic

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The Edmonton International Airport has closed down parts of its terminal.

In a message to travellers and staff, Tom Ruth, president and CEO of EIA, said the COVID-19 restrictions and reduced travel have affected the bottom line of the not-for-profit corporation.RELATED NEWS

“This pandemic has had severe impacts to our business, especially in the short-term,” said Ruth, “but I know we are not alone in this regard.”

Ruth said the closures are temporary due to reduced passenger volume and will help save money.

He said the partial terminal shut down will cut back on operational space.

The most notable change for passengers in the coming weeks will be a closure of a number of restaurants and concessions.STORY CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT

“We have relocated some airline check-in counters,” said Ruth. “We hope you will understand that these temporary changes are necessary.”

Ruth said as a not-for-profit corporation, the EIA depends heavily on the revenue from flights and passenger traffic.

While commercial passenger service has been cut drastically, the EIA said cargo flights continue to operate and are vital to critical supply chains for medical, food and other supplies.

EIA also handles medevac flights and said it continues to support emergent health situations in remote areas.

Staff also continue to work at Villeneuve Airport in Sturgeon County.

“We cannot know when this crisis will end,” said Ruth.

“We appreciate your patience over the coming weeks and months.”