This was posted in another thread.... and my reply quickly became volumous, so I figured I might as well start a new thread, as it was an entirely different discussion;
Goose: say what you will about YEG, at least by design, there are public observation points on the mezzanine level of the north terminal. Although part of it had been notched out to accomodate an office, it's there.
You'll notice that I have very little to complain about when it comes to YEG's terminal; the only thing I have to comment about is the fact that the Edmonton Airports Authority has adopted a "if you build it, they will come" with regards to their rather large International wing. They built the wing despite the fact that WestJet's facilities at YEG were rather lacking at the time.... and the fact that WestJet puts more people through YEG in a month than the airport has to and from International destinations in one year.
My biggest issue with Edmonton International is that the airport is really in Leduc, not Edmonton..... and cab fare used to be murderous from YEG to downtown Edmonton. I also hear complaints about the "V" position of the airport's runways from friends who work for the NavCanada centre up there.....
Now... don't get me wrong, I think YEG's facility is great. It's just in the wrong place. I just think it was poorly executed, and the current management hasn't done as much as it could to do the best of a bad situation - they keep trying to go head-to-head with YYC and losing out, whether it be service from CP, AC or whichever other carrier. Really, Edmonton should be marketing itself as the "Gateway to the North".... in other words, a regional hub. Both of the major airports in Alberta - YYC and YEG - should work to promote one of them forward as the province's "International Gateway."
YYC already takes the lead in that regard.... I don't see a reason for the sixth- or seventh-largest airport in Canada (YEG) and the third- or fourth-largest (YYC) trying to compete over a rather limited International pie.... neither airport has the market available to attract big carriers and international routes on its own.