PVD757-- I didn't realize the situation at YUL.
Well it's not as bad as it was this time last year --whoa nellie, pretty much nothing at that time that was being worked on was open for business yet. In a bit of a twist of luck traffic was still significantly down due to the aftermath of Sept.11 of course, just as it was elsewhere in the World and on the continent but still, the situation then in the terminal was what I'd call bad. Now with the brand-new Transborder pier opened up for almost a year now it's starting to look like a modern big-city airport --the only really-big part of that area that still needs finishing is the new Customs Hall and baggage claim that I was talking about earlier, and which for transborder flyers is supposed to be available come this November.
And in the food and retail court -- which was heavily boarded up a year ago and which they partially boarded up different parts of again a couple months ago to redo the largest restaurant and restore the "Jazz Bar" that disappeared in the first round a year ago-- actually is starting to look quite nice. That 'largest restaurant' they just opened up for business right before Christmastime and the resuscitated Jazz Bar apparently is only about ten days away now. They just have to finish off a bit of the interior lighting in the area but there's plenty of space now --seating for maybe five or six hundred there, all told-- and probably a bit of a late-evening ambiance too there as well (Jazz Bar's probably going to be open til about Midnight, just like "Cafe-Bar" already is now, and even the big new restaurant closes down shortly before 11)
So it's coming along. Just that they're working on the airport really-incrementally, that's all. The badly-needed new International pier (and link to the new Customs hall and baggage claim rooms) supposed to be up and running in about sixteen months or so. Then they start work on the domestic side, the road traffic circle and U.S. pre-clearance area, maybe a light-rail train line into the terminal. Lot of stuff yet but from the looks of it at least it's getting there.
I do know that AC is a mess, that's why it's no big deal right now, but I just hope someone else (Air Canada perhaps) can someday see the potential that I do in that route. Not looking for anything crazy, just a couple flights a day like you said.
Oh I said a few times weekly, actually! (Though I guess it would have to be daily, to be really useful. Especially since a 19-seater wouldn't be a big fleet commitment for it anyway). A little while ago I checked the T.F. Green airport website flight info and noticed they had two AC
flights to YYZ
listed for today (something like an 11am departure and one at 4pm), so I thought that was pretty good actually. An additional morning AC
arrival from and departure to YUL
would of course be nice to see along with those though.
I always look at AC route structure/schedule and scratch my head. It seems that if they just applied some basic logic to thier network (matching supply and demand better, etc.) and time thier YYZ schedule better... well you know what I mean. They just seem so scattered in everything. Routes, aircraft types, products (jazz, zip, tango, R & B, Pop, waltz, button, and whatever musical genre or means of fastening things they come up with). They should just simplify things.
Yeah it's been a mess kind of ever since the Canadian airlines merger in '99, actually. And unfortunately a lot of the 'logic' behind route choices made predatorily to ward off competitors or even would-be competitors :- / Though nowadays being in such rough shape internally (and the competitors being in rather good shape, especially WestJet) it's becoming ever harder for them to push competition around as even their own domestic market share is declining on top of it all. And as for the kaleidoscope of Brand-names well at least Tango is gone now --was sort of a marketing ploy anyway in the wake of Sept.11 to start revamping the mainline cost structure and introduce the notion to the various unions rank and file, which now seems to be more than firmly in place across the board so it's no longer needed. It still is plenty funny and zany though, I agree. lol
Start with thier top O & D markets and deploy thier largest sized aircraft on those routes based on the number of seats needed and continue down the list and timing the flights through YYZ to offer better connecting complexes to maximize the hub and spoke concept or something. Outside of the 6 or 7 large Canadian cities (YYZ, YVR, YUL, YQB, YYC, YEG, YHM, etc.), thier shouldn't be much point to point. It is a simple east-west hub set-up with service to the major US cities. I'm not and expert here, just seems to be more complicated than it really is.
Well for the domestic market Canada is I guess one of the best examples of a point-to-point territory for any coast-to-coast carrier --WestJet implements this the best, offering everything from their longest longhaul of YVR
all the way down to four-or-five-stop milk runs that pretty much span a good chunk of the country, to stuff in between like YUL
which they're saying they'll be offering in a few months' time.
For transborder ops, it's still mostly a handful of small hubs --with YUL
at the top and then YWG
-- along with a couple of big hubs --YYZ
of course by far the biggest cahuna, especially with so many eligible destinations throughout the Midwest and along the Eastern seaboard.
I agree though that there should be more logic-- and longevity-- to AC
's route decisions and announcements. Let's hope this year is the first time in a long while that something happens there from them in that department, especially when it comes to domestic and transborder flights.