I will respond to your statements.
"I'm sorry, but I will not debate such a ridiculous statement."
-Network growth thrust with current airlines is Asia.. you can do a simple analysis if youd like. There are some trans-atlantic oppurtunities, but they are generally not as desirable as Asia/Middle East/The Sub-Continent oppurtunities.
"Of course it won't, if you don't want to. There is a very simple principle in life : you don't get what you didn't ask for. As I said earlier, you seem to be happy with a simple O/D airport. Fine.
But who would have thought, 15 years ago, that SLC
would become hubs ? I reject your fatalistic views, as if Montreal was doomed by some sort of supra-natural force. I just have different ambitions for Montreal. Is that still allowed ?"
-Buddy.. Montreal is not in the middle of a dense population zone. PHX
are natural hubs due to their location. Montreal can be an effective trans-atlantic hub, and Maritimes hub... but that is secondary in nature. You really need to wake up and look at the markets around Montreal.
"In a nutshell, YUL
cannot really grow more than what it already has, while growth limitation is virtually not a problem at YMX
. All the work that is being done at YUL
right now is mostly embellishment and modernization, that will only allow a very limited increase in traffic"
-Thats pure crap. Firstly, runways at YUL
are not even close to maximization. I dont know where you pull this crap from. Secondly, the YUL
work right now is to increase capacity and efficiency.
Montreal is adopting the YVR
style in terms of swing-gates. Furthermore as it stands, YUL
doesnt even come close to maximization utilization of EXISTING facilities. Perhaps they do on peak hours, but gate space will double by 2009. Again you need to consider the total expansion picture before you start making general assumptions.
"This is too simplistic. If I want to remain at this very low level of debate, I could conversely point to ORD
or even AMS
. The number of runways issue is determined by many factors, that you obviously don't seem to understand. YUL
runways will limit its traffic to about 16 millions pax, then we'll have to move. There are no ways around this"
-Prove it. I have an expansion document in front of me which indicates runway capacity at 30 million, per ADM's master plan. Where are you gettign this number from?
Your trying to keep this at a low level debate in order to provide substance to your point.
"Just to give you a hint, what would happen of YUL
if ever the Canadian government finally sees the light of day and okays the building of a high-speed train in the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, knowing that most traffic in and out of YUL
is from/to YYZ
? Don't you think YUL
wouldn't be even more irrelevant than it is already ?"
-No.. because a lot of it is transfer traffic. There is relatively few passengers who are willing to buy a Montreal-Ottawa or Quebec City plane ticket. These people fly via Montreal to Europe, Eastern USA, and the Maritimes.
is sadly the hub. And YYZ
will command all kinds of international flow over YYZ
. This is the beauty of network design.
A high-speed train might in fact help YUL
(assuming that a train station where to be built in the terminal as per the master plan) reaching pax from towns like Kingston, Cornwall, Brockville, Belleville, Alexandria, Ottawa, Trois-Rivieres etc. Instead of taking the car and paying for parking, you hitch on the train, fast simple and efficient.