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oiler-dude May 23, 2010 1:57 AM

Cool run-through of YEG's expansion. Note the large glass walkway has been changed to a frosted / darker glass I believe, for obvious reasons. :P

Architype May 23, 2010 3:02 AM

Here's a little more info about the airport at St. John's. Because of the high number of fog days these improvements are especially important -


NL: St. John’s airport seeks funding for growth
By Terry Roberts Transcontinental Media
Source: The Telegram, Jan. 11, 2010

ST. JOHN’S, NL — The body that operates St. John’s International Airport is attempting to deal with technological shortcomings and staggering growth.

To do this, the authority will need money — and lots of it — to install a Category III instrument landing system and, further into the future, expand the overcrowded main terminal building. The projects have a combined price tag of $60 million-plus. . .

A Category III landing system and related upgrades is estimated to cost $25 million, and would practically eliminate diversions or delays because of low visibility conditions. Delays and diversions affect approximately 70,000 passengers annually and is most severe in the spring.

A terminal expansion was completed in 2002 at a cost of more than $40 million, but passenger volumes have increased well beyond the projections of those who designed the building. . . .

The terminal is now handling nearly 1.3 million passengers annually, making it the ninth busiest airport in Canada. . .

fenwick16 May 23, 2010 12:25 PM

I don't see much here from Halifax so I am re-posting these photos by ALPS of the Halifax section. I think that Halifax has done a good job (in terms of square footage added versus dollars spent).

It isn't any thing spectacular like in Toronto, but certainly functional and I think that it looks much better than prior to expansion. Halifax been spending a significant amount on terminal and parking expansions each year.

Thanks to alps. (from November 12 2009)

Jamaican-Phoenix May 23, 2010 1:42 PM

We have some sexy airports in this country.

feepa May 23, 2010 4:58 PM

YEG expansion


Originally Posted by Jasper and one o nin (Post 4850420)

halifaxboyns May 25, 2010 4:55 AM

I attended a rather interesting lunch event a couple weeks ago on the expansion plans for the Calgary International Airport.

What particularly surprised me was the design images they displayed of the new east concourse, which will be entirely for US/International Traffic (which is growing with the recent addition of new flights to London (Heathrow) by British Airways, Frankfurt by Lufthansa and Amsterdam by KLM. Not to mention the new Tokyo flight operated by Air Canada.

Link the Airport Expansion details

Bigtime May 25, 2010 1:21 PM

Looking good YEG :tup:

As for the Calgary plans mentioned above it appears that the Airport Authority is moving ahead with this work. Driving by the terminal the other day I could clearly see the elevated departures roadway continuing due east to nowhere while the current road drops down before this new section. There is also a lot of earthmovers on site east of the existing airport ramp starting to scrape and move earth in preparation for this expansion and the parallel runway.

sl64 May 30, 2010 8:24 PM

The Vancouver airport looks really nice, going by these pictures. Personally, I LOVE the new T1 at Pearson... it has a very minimalist, modernist feel to it. Vancouver went the opposite route it seems, the airport looks very colourful and messy, but it works well.

0773|=\ May 31, 2010 4:39 AM

All of the Canadian major airport terminals I've seen compare nicely (or soon will in Winnipeg's case) next to many of the US terminals. I like YVR, but my personal favorite is YOW. The materials they picked for that terminal's interior complement each other very nicely.

SpongeG May 31, 2010 5:58 AM

where is YOW?

Kinguni May 31, 2010 6:08 AM


Originally Posted by SpongeG (Post 4859947)
where is YOW?


Boreal May 31, 2010 6:21 AM

Doesn't YEG have a particularly neat hotel being adorned on or near the terminal? I at least remember renderings that were fairly exciting.

As far as personal preference, I'd have to agree with the consensus on here that Vancouver is the best. I also like YOW. YYC is okay, but those ceramic oversized mobiles that adorn the concourse really bug me. Calgary is such a monster of a business centre, I wished its terminal flexed that muscle more, as opposed to coming off as a comic book.

dtgeek May 31, 2010 7:12 AM


Originally Posted by someone123 (Post 3671021)
Pearson is nice but to be honest I'd rather just go to an average airport and not have to pay ticket prices that must support some of the highest landing fees on the planet.

I'd say that Pearson *is* an average airport, for its age and size. It's nice, but so should any brand new airport be. It certainly isn't excessive. Heathrow's terminal 5 is similar in age and passenger capacity, but cost almost twice as much.

From what I recall reading, more than a third of the landing fees are due to disproportionately high government rents. And I would submit that the remaining portion being high doesn't have much to do with the airport itself, but rather the fact that it's one of the fastest growing hubs in the world, requiring a lot of capital expenditure (that is financed privately, and thus passengers pay the brunt of it). I'm sure that if it had been possible to predict the growth in 1939 that they would have simply charged slightly higher fees the subsequent 70 years, resulting in current fees being much lower.

Bigtime May 31, 2010 1:34 PM


Originally Posted by Boreal (Post 4859964)
YYC is okay, but those ceramic oversized mobiles that adorn the concourse really bug me. Calgary is such a monster of a business centre, I wished its terminal flexed that muscle more, as opposed to coming off as a comic book.

I thought those were hokey when I first saw them in the 'D' pier, but now that I have a child they are a great time-killer, kids will turn those keys and watch those planes go flying around right until its time to board your flight.

Plus the aircraft on them represent a bunch of very important aviation companies or people from the YYC area. Like Fred MCall and Kenn Borek Air.

The only real downside they have is that they do crowd the boarding areas where they are.

Coldrsx May 31, 2010 6:28 PM


Originally Posted by Boreal (Post 4859964)
Doesn't YEG have a particularly neat hotel being adorned on or near the terminal? I at least remember renderings that were fairly exciting.

There was a wing-like hotel design that got squashed due to the US owner/operator pulling out due to the who financial crisis/depression thing, but rumour have it coming back...

MTLskyline May 31, 2010 6:52 PM

I was in San Francisco last week and was REALLY impressed by SFO. It is huge (3 terminals), yet very organized, very modern, and fairly easy and quick to get around thanks to their AirTrain between terminals.

Coldrsx May 31, 2010 6:57 PM

^concur, although their baggage system is a joke. My bag, along with a few others, were caught in the secure side of the carousel and we were told that it would have to wait for another arrival to restart. We waited about 20mins.


sparky212 Jun 4, 2010 2:02 AM

London is gettinga 15 000 sf exapnsion on its current terminal they are also adding 5 bridges.
Heres what it looks like now. courtesy of egypt69 at ssc
and what it will look like courtesy of The Hawk also ssc

Frenzy Sep 2, 2010 6:57 PM


Originally Posted by Colin (Post 4942468)
I was looking for some more information regarding the YYC International Facilities Project and I managed to find some renderings. I have no idea if they are preliminary concepts, but I thought it looked pretty cool. Hopefully the rest of the airport can go through a similar update, or at least get rid of the colorful chairs. There's also a lot of information contained in the source link and some aerial shots of the planned expansion which give a better idea of the perspective of the renderings. These plans definitely have me excited about the future of the airport.


Departures Hall - Concourse

International Holding Room

TB Holdroom


reposted from YYC thread

Gresto Sep 3, 2010 3:27 AM

What happened to the plan to consolidate all three Pearson terminals (the new #1, the now-demolished #2, and #3) into one mammoth terminal? Is it still inching forward? I haven't read or heard anything about it in at least five years.

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