10/07/2015 11:14 EDT | Updated 10/07/2016 05:12 EDT

Edmonton Airport Overwhelmed With Abandoned Vehicles

Some of the cars show tell-tale signs of abandonment.

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EDMONTON, CANADA - JULY 1: The sleek, new main terminal at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) features valet parking at the front door on July 1, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton, along with its neighbor to the south, Calgary, have experienced an economic energy surge as a result of shale oil discoveries in the region. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

EDMONTON — People leave a lot of things behind at airports, but in Edmonton it seems that a record number of travellers are abandoning their vehicles.

Heather Hamilton of the Edmonton International Airport says 130 unclaimed vehicles have been found in the facility's parking lot.

Some of them have been there as long as three years and show the tell-tale signs of abandonment — flat tires, missing licence plates and faded paint.

Hamilton suggests the downturn in Alberta’s economy is partly to blame.

She thinks some of them were left there by workers from Ontario, Newfoundland or even Ireland who were working in the northern Alberta oilsands and suddenly lost their jobs or had to move.

Many of the abandoned cars are mid-range family vehicles, but Hamilton says one is a 2014 Chevy pickup truck that's probably worth $30,000.

Another theory is that some of the vehicles may have been left behind by owners who can't afford the parking fees they've been racking up, but airport officials say in some cases they'd be willing to waive the charges just to get the vehicles out of there.

(CTV Edmonton)


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