I have never disputed the Air Canada hub in Toronto....im to simply prove my opinion by the some facts that I see from statistics canada O&D combinations, and the overall numbers that seem to be ignored here, but hecne have markets in Toronto with markets a third of the size, that are being added on a monthly basis.... now it does get frustrating.
For example, YYZ-JAX is a 20,000 pax route. YUL-ATL is an 85,000 pax route, now why a RJ to JAX, and possibly not look into YUL-ATL? Toronto-Orlando is 300,000 pax, Montreal-Orlando 150,000 pax, so why 3 flights daily from Toronto, and only weekend service from Montreal? Why no Tango on Montreal-Vancouver and Calgary,markets of 350,000 pax and 200,000 pax respectively? Now why fly Toronto-Deer Lake??? What is that?
Why fly Toronto-Amsterdam and be the 4th competitor, while Air Canada can be the only one on a Montreal-Brussels route?
Toronto's numbers are huge, and the facility is going to be great. The city is big, and growing, and its a rising star. Regardless, i believe that there are potential markets that AC can serve, and make more $$$$ than some of the one's served from YYZ like (norfolk, richmond, dayton, amsterdam etc etc.)....
Im not a Toronto basher, but I become increasingly annoyed to see valuable and frequencies with high load factors be cut, in favor of retaining the Toronto one. Thats what its all about...
One last thing, why does AC need to serve Raleigh and Greensboro from YYZ, before YOW or YUL gets a service to Raleigh, a high-technology hub which is commonly found in the cities of YOW and YUL, more so per capita than Toronto??????
I could be wrong, ive been wrong before, but id like to read Air Canada's route planning department's mind, and maybe knock some sense into them