Bus service to airport starts Sunday

After years of discussion, a bus route to connect south Edmonton to the International Airport starts this weekend.

New 747 route connects Century Park to Edmonton International

Ken Koropeski, Edmonton Transit director of service development, says the new route is needed because of the growth in Edmonton and the surrounding area. (CBC)

A new bus route connecting the city to the Edmonton International Airport is set to take off Sunday.

"With the growth that occurred in the city, the growth that’s occurred in the region, it’s time for it," said Ken Koropeski, director of service development with Edmonton Transit.

The new 747 route, which runs between the Century Park transit centre and the airport, would run between 5:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. Buses will run every 30 minutes during the peak hours in the morning and afternoon.

Transit passes and transfers won’t be accepted on the route — riders will have to pay a $5.00 fare each way.

Koropeski said they expect about 80 per cent of riders to be airport workers, with the rest being mostly business travellers.

"It’s one-stop at Century Park, one stop at the airport, so it will be a fast, direct service," he said.  "It does have the connections with the LRT so from other areas of the city you can come in and use the service."

The 747 buses are fitted with special racks to hold riders’ luggage. The route is a three-year pilot project paid for by the city and Edmonton Airports.