Edmonton City Center Airport was the first licensed airfield in Canada (1929). Characters such as Wop May helped pioneer aviation in Alberta and Northern Canada, further solidifying Blatchford Field as the “Gateway to the North”. Wiley Post landed there during both of his circumnavigations.


On July 8, 2009, the city council decided on a phased closure of the airport. In September, the city council postponed the closure of the north-south runway until after the Indy and Airfest events of 2010.  On August 3, 2010, runway 16/34 was closed to air traffic with a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) being issued at 3 am that morning.  Current licenses for scheduled air service will not be renewed. Closure of the remaining runway will be announced at a future date.