Mark, Neil: I have a question. Need some clarifications.
I thought the fed government "rule" was saying that all new int'l flights operating to YYZ had to include a stop in YMX. You guys seem to believe that the "rule" said all flights must operate to YMX and not to Toronto?
I don't remember such a specific rule. However, after YMX
opened in 1975, the Fed govt did place a moratorium on new intl carriers flying into YYZ
(based on a perceived & vague lack of terminal capacity) which was quietly dropped in 1980 or so.
Bilateral negotiations with other countries in the 1975 to 1985 period always offered virtually unlimited access to YMX
rights were hard to get. Air-India & Peoplexpress both began YMX
service while publicly stating that their preferred choice was YYZ
for instance. This pro-YMX
stance was seen at the time as being a tool to build up YMX
traffic (which was embarassingly low) and to boost the general Montreal economy.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.