AC7E7 -- I remember when I used to take the 204 after school and go to YUL to watch the planes from inside the airport. I used to go upstairs to the A&W and buy a burger and watch the planes on the tarmac from my table.
Well the upstairs A&W deal has been gone for ages now but yeah the (mid-90s-updated) food court tarmac viewing downstairs and also from the windows of the old W.H. Smith bookstore next to it has only been gone for 2 1/2 years now. Seems like ages though doesn't it, given that now there's nothing at all and from the public access standpoint it's like a big downtown bus or train station or something in there
Mind you, I think the expanded food and retail court that they put in instead of those last original windows is pretty decent overall now and even the lighting its not too bad and the public seating decor at least makes an effort to brighten the place up a bit and seems to accomplish the task to some extent. Still not the same for anybody
who remembers the way it used to be only a short while ago though (or especially earlier as well).
And the only stairs I have seen that go upstairs is the ones that bring you to the Air France lounge.
With the 3rd-floor roof HVAC boxes over the retail court, even the view from the Air France and British Airways lounges has been mightily blocked for a good long while now too! Fortunately for both passengers and especially the staff who work there though --who I imagine have had to field mucho complaints from passengers about it-- the new International jetty and new boarding lounges are set to be up and running by about this time next week. Local CTV affiliate CFCF just had a "sneak preview" of the place on tonight's late news a few minutes ago so it seems like it's finally gonna happen. Those boarding lounge staff members really really can't wait.
Hell, there was even a time when people could go outiside on the balcony!
was originally designed more for Super Connies rather than Stage 1 jets so when DC-9s and such went roaring by for takeoffs on 10-28 it was something all right, being outside on that there viewing terrace running along the length of the building. Unusable for adults but lots of fun for young kids especially
(speaking from experience too )
I guess those days are over....
Definitely the outdoor part, yup. Though at ADM's annual meeting about a month ago Mr. Cherry was saying that there are
plans to bring some form of glassed-in and panoramic viewing area back, incorporated into a possible multi-floor hotel atop a new U.S. pre-clearance area to be built just groundside of the new transborder pier. Apparently they're still negotiating with American authorities over what exactly they're going to end up building there but for the time being from ADM's standpoint that's what they're intending at least.
So in about 2-3 years time maybe there'll be something for public-access viewing again.