For starters, the US majors would only be interested in the "Big 6" (YVR
). I agree with YYZ717, that as there are no US carriers with hubs/bases in Canada, the so called opportunities are only visions of gradure.
The only LCC's with any visions of Canada might be Jet Blue and Frontier to hub customers at JFK
respectively. Southwest--fair to say NEVER. Westjet will probably stick to WN
's model, and stay close to home (with the exception of off-peak charters US/South).
The only true improvements in transborder traffic would be the unification/abolishing of Customs facilities -- something we all though would happen downline with free trade, but given 9/11 don't think that will happen anytime soon.
In-transit facilitation would be the other improvement, and given traffic flow/volumes would only be essential at YVR
. Given the fact that AC
is the largest transborder carrier at YYZ
and US operations are still going to be marooned at T2
until '06/'07, it's really a non-issue for a couple of years.
Personally think the whole thing is a no go for now. The only plus is that Collenette, the ultimate fence sitter and non-communicator is history, and that his successor may open up issues for dialogue.