Cessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 21 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2325 times:
If I were a YHM airport employee/ user, I would be quite offended to receive a "ticking" 777 instead of YYZ. Better us than them? WTF? YYZ can keep its heavy landing fees and exploding airplanes to themselves...
Dripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 22 Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2267 times:
Guys it was a missile threat received enroute from TLV to YYZ, not a bomb threat. The threat involved that B762 and YYZ specifically. They landed in Montreal for fuel only and decided to go to YHM to offload the YYZ pax and enplane LAX pax.
YHM is a schedule 2 airport in terms of security so it is one step down from Pearson.
The airline felt YYZ was still a significant enough threat for that aircraft on the return leg.
PS. No, I didn't get any pics. If I would have pulled out my zoom lens, the last thing I would have seen is a little red beam of light...
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56 Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2190 times:
Missile threat? Wow, I hadn't heard any details as of yet, and that's definitely serious. What is interesting as well is that it was all over the news about it going to Hamilton, whoever wanted to do harm to the aircraft could just go out there. More open spaces out there too.
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Planemaker From Tuvalu, joined Aug 2003, 5727 posts, RR: 35 Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2134 times:
Unrelated to the El Al flight but definitely related to YYZ more bad news, there was an extended segment on ROB TV on the GTAA's fees and the brouhaha vs the IATA and Milton "conspiracy". In short, it painted Turpin as being really out to lunch and the GTAA management as being unbelievably arrogant.
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. - A. Einstein
AWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2021 times:
Chances are, if you'd whipped out that camera, I would've had to add your pic to that e-mail I sent ya. You know... The one about "The last photograph you'll ever take"
Yeah... This really bites... As if we need any more complications to obstruct us from enjoying our plane-spotting activities at YYZ. I really, really hope that nothing of the sort EVER becomes reality. Not here. Not anywhere. Not again.
CanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1865 times:
I'd expect a lot of growth out of Hamilton in the coming years. I've read/heard that Hamilton will have roughly 1 million passengers go through the airport this year (all due to Westjet), and the airport expects roughly 5 million passengers to go through the airport in five (or ten? can't remember) years.
As airlines continue to seek ways in lowering their costs, I'd expect a lot more traffic to go through "secondary" airports (such as Abbottsford and Hamilton). Westjet already flies through both cities (very successfully I might add), offering both charter operations and regular scheduled flights. I would assume that other carriers would follow suit and start offering flights out of these cities as well. Lower landing fees, airport rent, etc. are a great way to attract new airlines. I can't speak on behalf of Hamilton, but I have a lot of friends and relatives who choose to fly out of Abbotsford simply because its convenient and less of a hassle. Why drive to YVR in heavy traffic, pay a lot to park your car, and walk a LONG way around the terminal when you can drive in less traffic to YXX, have free parking, and fly out of a smaller terminal?
Obviously both of these airports lack any significant airport structure/gates to handle a larger widebody aircraft, but as traffic grows airports will start expanding - such as Hamilton with its new terminal.