YYZ is viable and will be--the business and economics are a little off for many reasons.
Why do people fly to one airport over another?
a) it is their destination
b) the airport is a good one to connect through (ease of connection or convenience)
is on the wrong course, it will show in the # of passengers in b). Look to the threads here on who is better, Frankfurt, Heathrow or CDG
...We pick which airport we wish to use.
Option a) will be fixed. Except for discount ticket passengers, one will not fly to Buffalo if Toronto is the real destination. Buffalo or Niagara Falls will not be a destination base for 747s.
Why does an airline fly to an airport?
a) they make money by flying to pick people up
b) they make money by flying to drop people off.
c) they make money elsewhere by the linkages a) or b) provide in the overall company strategy.
, or any airline, can not make money under a) b) c), then they leave. Simple.
Landing fees do not determine if the money is there to make a flight worthy. Who is fooling who? If the fees for a 747 were $10,000, how many empty seats, upgrades and points seats are given away a flight that if the seat had a posterior in it would add up to more than $10,000?
Having Hamilton airport so close to Toronto and not developing the links is a bad decision. Promote cargo in Hamilton. Pickering is even worse for all reasons.
Having people use the infield terminal is a poor decision-it is a reality for now- but the system is not designed for smooth transits. This was one of the reasons I switched to BA
, I land after a 8 hour flight, and no separation of premium to economy in service. door opens, you walk, wait, bus, walk, wait, customs.... At least at Heathrow they do bus, walk, customs.
Most of the bickering and complaining is noise. If people did not B#@$@# about higher prices, they would not look good infront of the customer. The silly part is the landing fee makes up so little of the over all cost to fly the plane but plays well in the press.
For those of you in the business end of the business- what percentage of the customer base is using the airport as a connection? That is the only base to which improvements would increase passengers because that is the only portion that one choses and has options. The rest is all based on many other factors independent of the airport.