Let me tell you one thing about the Edmonton market. But just one correction. YEG
is the no 5 air port in Canada .. not 6 or 7. It has at least one million more passenger than YOW
Edmonton suffered its first blow when YYC
redesigned its airport in preparation for the Olympics. Way back then, there wasn't too much "Competition" like there is now. Edmonton was also operating two airports. You could catch flights to YVR
prior to consolidation. This led to Edmonton being a strict O&D market.
, being a YYC
based carrier, it made so much sense to them to consolidate out of YYC
. Now you could argue and say.. why didn't Air Canada took advantage of the availability of YEG
? Simply put, bad management. At that time, Airports were still operated by the government ( No need to talk about how effective they are... or were anyway)
When I was still living in Edmonton, we proposed a very strategic project to the YEG
management. The reality was.. They were a bunch of bureaucrats... They thought the airlines would come to them instead of being proactive. In the meanwhile, YYC
was working hard to get new carriers. (I actually did some work for YYC
when I was still working for a consulting firm in Edmonton).. Let me tell ya... the YYC
management is smart a d tey know what they want to achieve. YEG
keeps on whining about YYC
getting all the new flights.
When you take into account that the YEG
catchment are is just over 1 million, their numbers are great (almost 4 million pax). Here's a very easy comparison, Montreal has a population of 3.5 million and a catchment area of more than 4 million. They only draw 9 million passengers (YUL
has the passengers and when you consider that about 15 to 20% of TEG pax go through YYC
, you can see that YYC
is quite dependent on YEG
(they would never admit it though).
As far as YEG
being the gateway to the North... What's the population of the North anyway. They have 6 flights a day to YZF... Isn't that enough...
is getting more flights. HP
is adding more flights. Air Canada keeps saying .. load is there but no yield. I don't know what kind of yield AC
has on the YHZ
flight. Just don't get how a city like YEG
with a GDP per capita that is (40%) higher than the national average could not produce yields better than YHZ
. But then again, why is Air Canada losing money. Something's wrong with their finance people.