Jean Leloup
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Future Of YMM? (Flights & Infrastructure)

Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:56 pm

Hello all,

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.

JL

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!
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RE: Future Of YMM? (Flights & Infrastructure)

Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:20 pm

Quoting Jean Leloup (Thread starter):

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?

I'm not too sure about airline expansion, but as far as airfield expansion goes:

http://flyfortmac.ca/AirportAuthority/Expansion.aspx

Looks like a new terminal on the south side of the airfield along with some industrial development. It's not clear when they are planning to start construction, it probably has a lot to do with the cyclical nature of business at YMM that you mentioned.
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RE: Future Of YMM? (Flights & Infrastructure)

Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:31 pm

Embarrasingly, I found the updates about the new terminal construction just after I had posted. Looks like the 'ground' works (utilities, ramp construction, etc.) are well under way, but not the terminal itself as far as I can tell.

It looks like it will be about a YQR-sized terminal, which seems appropriate. Should be a lot nicer than what is available now, which seems more like a YHM-level facility.

JL
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RE: Future Of YMM? (Flights & Infrastructure)

Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:42 pm

Quoting Jean Leloup (Thread starter):
Perhaps competition from WS against Air Canada's daily E90 to YYZ?

Looks like this summer AC will have 2x daily YMM-YYZ, both flights being A319s, including a redeye.

Quoting Jean Leloup (Thread starter):
Or a flight to Vancouver?

AC also has a daily CRJ to YVR, at least in the summer schedule.

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RE: Future Of YMM? (Flights & Infrastructure)

Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:55 pm

Quoting TWA902fly (Reply 3):
AC also has a daily CRJ to YVR, at least in the summer schedule.

We've had a daily YVR-YMM on the CRJ for a few years now... Since Summer '09, I believe!
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RE: Future Of YMM? (Flights & Infrastructure)

Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:52 am

Quoting TWA902fly (Reply 3):
AC also has a daily CRJ to YVR, at least in the summer schedule.

I think he meant WS competition. You never know where those Q400's will end up!

I have not had occasion to fly there yet, but generally "oil routes" generate higher ticket prices. A lot of the folk I know there have their air fares paid for leave back to their home towns, or they are at least compensated accordingly, so you should look into that.
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