I've been contemplating a move to Fort McMurray for work. Naturally as an a.netter, a big factor I'm considering is the availability and cost of flights 'out', both to see family in Eastern Canada or just to connect to vacation destinations, etc. I knew little about the airport until reading about it today. Seems it's way over capacity already and has a fairly short runway. Airfares don't seem too bad there, although considerably more than other flights of similar distance where there is perhaps a little less money at play.
So, a few questions?
1) Any prospects for new flights? Perhaps competition from WS against Air Canada's daily E90 to YYZ? Or a flight to Vancouver? I imagine more flights would be better for pricing.
2) Given the above-mentioned limits of capacity for the airport, are there good prospects for expansion of the airport? Is this difficult to plan given the boom-and-bust nature of the oil economy? And, in turn, would expansion change the answers much to question #1?
Glad to hear your thoughts.
p.s. I was going to include some recent pictures in this thread, but it appears there is no a.net picture from YMM more recent than 2007!