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SFUVancouver Mar 28, 2014 8:44 PM

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Originally Posted by rbt (Post 6516144)
Cost of living is pretty reasonable if you ignore the real-estate portion. Buy a place and use magic to pay it off, and you'll be golden.

I think it's ridiculous that magic is wholly omitted from real estate reports or cost of living measures. They're missing the forest for pixie-encrusted trees.

Bcasey25raptor Mar 28, 2014 11:54 PM

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Originally Posted by SFUVancouver (Post 6516652)
I think it's ridiculous that magic is wholly omitted from real estate reports or cost of living measures. They're missing the forest for pixie-encrusted trees.

Hahahaha, yeah cost of living here isn't bad if you're a renter.

But I still find the cost of real estate to be absolutely bonkers.

LeftCoaster Apr 22, 2014 6:31 PM

Great pic by desine showing the amount of work quietly going on at YVR.

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Originally Posted by deasine (Post 6548430)
I didn't have time until now to upload/post this, just for you guys. Click for full res.

http://i.imgur.com/leho9jd.jpg


Darkoshvilli Apr 22, 2014 10:44 PM

Anyone know what the construction at YUL is for?

Chadillaccc Apr 22, 2014 10:46 PM

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Originally Posted by LeftCoaster (Post 6549210)
Great pic by desine showing the amount of work quietly going on at YVR.

Awesome. I'll try to get some closeups of this on Saturday if my view allows.

SFUVancouver Apr 23, 2014 5:56 AM

Another development project at YVR: the new on-field operations centre.

http://i.imgur.com/O8Jf8wI.jpg?1
Source: me

franktko Apr 23, 2014 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Darkoshvilli (Post 6549586)
Anyone know what the construction at YUL is for?

I didn't know there was any construction at YUL...:shrug: At what part of the airport did you see that?

Villaggio Apr 23, 2014 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Darkoshvilli (Post 6549586)
Anyone know what the construction at YUL is for?

Expansion of the International side. Will go from 11 gates to 17 I believe.

Darkoshvilli Apr 23, 2014 3:54 PM

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Originally Posted by franktko (Post 6550128)
I didn't know there was any construction at YUL...:shrug: At what part of the airport did you see that?

I was also surprised coming back from Cuba in Feb. The site is pretty big.

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Originally Posted by Villaggio (Post 6550139)
Expansion of the International side. Will go from 11 gates to 17 I believe.

Good to know, thanks!

SignalHillHiker Apr 23, 2014 4:29 PM

Congratulations, Trevor3! :D

Porter Airlines has officially confirmed it's adding seasonal service to Stephenville.

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You guessed it! We're introducing seasonal service between Stephenville, NL, and Halifax. From June 28 to August 31, Porter will operate one weekly round-trip flight. Flights are now available for booking at www.flyporter.com or by calling 1-888-619-8622.
I wonder if St. John's is included on the run or if it just hops back and forth between Halifax and Stephenville. Either way, excellent news!

Trevor3 Apr 23, 2014 7:31 PM

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Originally Posted by SignalHillHiker (Post 6550408)
Congratulations, Trevor3! :D

Porter Airlines has officially confirmed it's adding seasonal service to Stephenville.



I wonder if St. John's is included on the run or if it just hops back and forth between Halifax and Stephenville. Either way, excellent news!

Couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my study break, looking up potential vacation destinations thanks to Porter!

St. John's is not included in this run, though I hope a future flight will be added. Porter will fly into Stephenville on Saturday, the plane will overnight at YJT and then head back to Halifax on Sunday morning. The service will be same-plane service between Stephenville-Halifax-Ottawa-Toronto.

So this summer we have service to St. John's, St-Pierre, Toronto Pearson, Halifax, Ottawa and Toronto Billy Bishop! This is the best news we've had since the mill closed.

If any SSPers are looking at Newfoundland vacations this summer, Stephenville is 45 minutes from Corner Brook and only a couple hours driving from Gros Morne National Park, and it's a beauty drive in the summer! (Not so subtle plug).

Cyro Apr 26, 2014 4:18 PM

Update for Regina, Sounds positive, both in terms of expansion and flights.

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Originally Posted by Udon'tknow (Post 6554398)
Interesting read on the upcoming airport expansion, sounds like construction will start around 2016 and it will be a big project, approx 250 million. There is also mention of the airport authority continuing to pursue charter flights to Europe, which would be great!

http://www.leaderpost.com/business/c...?size=620x400s

http://www.leaderpost.com/business/R...721/story.html

credit: LP


Trevor3 Apr 27, 2014 12:55 AM

Gander Airport Terminal Looking to Downsize
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That’s why the Gander International Airport Authority (GIAA) has hired a consultant to determine whether it should be replaced.

“Most airports these days regard their terminals as a revenue- generator. … This one costs us $1.2 million per year just to keep it open,” GIAA chairman Fred Moffitt said at the authority’s annual public meeting last week.
http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Loca...to-down-size/1

It would be a shame to see the old terminal go. It's an iconic building that has hosted some of the most notable people people in history, from entertainers to royalty and Cuban dictators. In more recent times it has been used in photo shoots.

But even with growing passenger traffic, the number of people going through is still far below the glory days on the 50s and 60s when all transatlantic flights required stopovers in one of the 3 Newfoundland airports.

casper Apr 27, 2014 4:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Trevor3 (Post 6555101)
Gander Airport Terminal Looking to Downsize

http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Loca...to-down-size/1

It would be a shame to see the old terminal go. It's an iconic building that has hosted some of the most notable people people in history, from entertainers to royalty and Cuban dictators. In more recent times it has been used in photo shoots.

But even with growing passenger traffic, the number of people going through is still far below the glory days on the 50s and 60s when all transatlantic flights required stopovers in one of the 3 Newfoundland airports.

Hopefully it can be repurposed.

esquire Apr 27, 2014 2:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Trevor3 (Post 6555101)
Gander Airport Terminal Looking to Downsize

http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Loca...to-down-size/1

It would be a shame to see the old terminal go. It's an iconic building that has hosted some of the most notable people people in history, from entertainers to royalty and Cuban dictators. In more recent times it has been used in photo shoots.

But even with growing passenger traffic, the number of people going through is still far below the glory days on the 50s and 60s when all transatlantic flights required stopovers in one of the 3 Newfoundland airports.

I guess the current terminal costs a lot to operate, which is certainly a reasonable rationale for replacement.

But still, it would be sad to see one of the iconic terminals of 20th century aviation replaced by what will inevitably be a new, modern, LEED-certified shed. :(

GlassCity Apr 27, 2014 6:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trevor3 (Post 6555101)
Gander Airport Terminal Looking to Downsize

http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Loca...to-down-size/1

It would be a shame to see the old terminal go. It's an iconic building that has hosted some of the most notable people people in history, from entertainers to royalty and Cuban dictators. In more recent times it has been used in photo shoots.

But even with growing passenger traffic, the number of people going through is still far below the glory days on the 50s and 60s when all transatlantic flights required stopovers in one of the 3 Newfoundland airports.

Wow, thank you! I've always wondered why a little isolated town like Gander has such a big airport.

Trevor3 Apr 27, 2014 8:29 PM

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Originally Posted by esquire (Post 6555393)
I guess the current terminal costs a lot to operate, which is certainly a reasonable rationale for replacement.

But still, it would be sad to see one of the iconic terminals of 20th century aviation replaced by what will inevitably be a new, modern, LEED-certified shed. :(

According to that article the current building is over 200,000 sq.ft. and oil heated I think. At 50 or 60 years of age there are no doubt a lot of fixes that are required, so it's understandable that a replacement is in order. Too bad all the same, the current building is a beauty.

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Originally Posted by GlassCity (Post 6555528)
Wow, thank you! I've always wondered why a little isolated town like Gander has such a big airport.

Happy to be of service!

SkahHigh Apr 28, 2014 2:03 AM

Render of the International departures expansion at YUL, which will be completed in 2016.

http://www.mtlurb.com/forums/attachm...chmentid=15286

J_Murphy Apr 30, 2014 4:13 PM

St. John's airport to double in size in $243M upgrade
 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfou...rade-1.2625435

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The authority that manages St. John's International Airport is planning an ambitious transformation that will see it double in size so it can handle more flights and international business.

Passengers will carry the burden of the $243-million expansion, with the airport improvement fee jumping 50 per cent to $30 per flight.

St. John's International Airport is poised to double in size over the coming decade. An artist's rendition released Tuesday shows what the complex will look like.

A plan to spend $243 million over the next decade was revealed Tuesday, with details on new departure gates, more space in the departure lounge and upstairs concessions to serve those waiting for flights.

"We're bursting at the seams here," Neil Pittman, the chair of the St. John's International Airport Authority, told CBC News.

The authority announced its last expansion plan in 2011, but says it needs to be more ambitious to meet a surging demand.

About 1.5 million passengers pass through the airport each year — double what it had been in the late 1990s when the federal government turned ownership over to an independent board.

Double national average

Pittman said the airport will soon need to accommodate two million passengers per year, and is dealing with a 45 per cent increase in the number of available airline seats on flights that go through St. John's.

"These growth rates are twice that of the national average, and each year we continue to reach new levels and break our own records," he said.

The overhaul will start this summer, with the first phase focusing on the terminal's east side.

A bigger arrivals area is also planned, as well as a larger customs area for international flights.

Pittman defended the increase in the airport improvement fee, even though it will become one of the highest in the country.

"It's on par with the three major airports in Alberta," Pittman said in an interview, adding that those airports are facing similar challenges due to economic growth.

Work on the east side of the terminal will take about three years.

Further expansion work will start in 2017 and run until 2020.

The new plan includes moving concessions, including a full-service restaurant, to the second level. Pittman said in the wake of post-9/11 security measures, many passengers spend more time in departure lounges and need to have greater amenities.


Runway improvements will also increase the airport's usability by 5.1% from 93.8% to 98.9%.

Here is the pdf:

http://www.stjohnsairport.com/media_uploads/pdf/331.pdf

SignalHillHiker Apr 30, 2014 7:03 PM

Porter is now making some unfortunate waves in Newfoundland and Labrador.

A flight from Halifax to St. John's that was forced to land at Stephenville, Newfoundland, was simply ended there - stranding passengers 765 km from their destination.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfou...ille-1.2626110

AND they've cut their workforce in St. John's, including a friend of mine. :(

http://i59.tinypic.com/igmdnc.png

This also sucks because it could put a damper on Porter's new service to the Canadian mainland out of Stephenville.


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