The Edmonton International Airport is about to hit the spotlight with a new TV show that focuses on Canada’s northernmost major airport.
It’s part of a series set to air on the History Channel called Airport: Below Zero that will showcase how the EIA operates in the harsh climate of the Alberta prairies.
“We really do have one of the best winter operations crews in the business when it comes to airports operating in cold conditions. If you live here you get it. We have some pretty tough winters and they were looking to do a show that would highlight some of the challenges of working in the kind of conditions that our crews routinely work in throughout the winter,” said EIA spokesperson Heather Hamilton.
“We’re wide open prairie, so you put snow somewhere and the wind just blows it back where it started in the first place. That’s one of the challenges. We have some special technologies that other airports don’t have. We have, for example, sensors that are embedded into our runway that help us to detect when the runway may be slippery and need more chemicals.”
Hamilton says the show won’t just focus on the weather and will also delve into medical emergencies, airport logistics, and special cargo. In one instance, Hamilton says the airport had to prepare for the arrival of heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
“They fly a 747 and they bring in — basically their entire concert travels with them on that plane, so it was a very quick turn. We had about 90 minutes to unload that plane and get it shipped off — get it set up for the concert that night.”
Hamilton says the idea for the show started with the production company and grew from there.
“It’s been a long time to come to fruition. What the show does is it follows many of the different employees and different areas of the airport and what happens in a typical day here at EIA.”
The show air Wednesdays at 8:00pm starting October 5. (djs)