Today is the trail day for Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ
I arrived at the New T-1 parking garage at 8:45am, and then proceed to the West Bridge for the terminal building. There will be two bridges link up the parking garage and the terminal building - East and West.
After crossing the bridge, GTAA representative greeted us with a folder, which is my assignment for the trail. I was assigned as a passenger for Alitilia AZ
2051 from YYZ
to Montreal, departure at 12:00pm, Gate 140 in new T-1. A 2-mins safety tape was showing and then proceed to the Departure Hall. The Hall is great, very bright and modern, finally YYZ
shows something comparable to it's world class status. Breakfast refreshment was provided, nice touch. Then all the crowd were divided into different groups for different routines. I was Group 1, as a car rental passenger, return the car at the 1/F of the garage, with one regular luggage, GTAA prepared some real luggages, some of them were really heavy!! After pick-up the luggage, we were released and then with the "itinerary", I walked back to the Departure Hall with my luggage and line up for my flight to Montreal. What a big line....it takes me almost 30 mins for check in, Alitalia ground staffs check-in for me, I asked for jumpseat and vegetarian meal!! Really funny, her response was:"Sorry, special meals required 24-hours advance notice and the flight is entirely full today, so no upgrade can be provided". Ok...fine, then she asked me if I want window seat or aisle, I picked window. Boarding was issued and I proceeded to the security check. Surprisingly the security check is very clsoe to the public area, a little bit abnormal. Anyway, inspection as usual then I walked in the restricted area. The lounge is great but I think not really have enough seats! I can view the empty Terminal 3 East gate, not the time yet for T-3 East and also the Old T-1 with 2 Air Canada B763 and some CRJ and Dash-8 under Jazz livery.
Some entertainment were provided near Gate 140, so most people were not bored before the "boarding"
Gate opened at 11:45 for "boarding. NO real aircraft for boarding of course. We walked in the boarding bridge and then U-Turn on the half way. Once we U-Turn, we became arrival passenger and the walk back to the Buggage Claim.
The Buggage Claim area is huge and ....in my opinion, the arrival level's design is soooo similar to DTW NW
World Gateway. BUt it is good. BUt the sign is not good enough to direct people from Buggage Claim to the Arrival Hall, improvement is required in this part. I have special assignment, i was assumed I lost my luggaue and have to report to the Alitalia Buggage Counter. But...no one was there. I asked the GTAA staffs, they said they have no idea where the Alitalia staffs!! Poor AZ
...anyway, I left the Buggage Claim for Arrival Hall. I have already reported the case to GTAA in my survey and ask for compensation!
Free lunch with sandwich and pop by GTAA, chicken or beef, sounds like inflight catering service.The trail approximately ended at 1:00pm. YYZ
T-1 is great when compare to the old one and T-2.