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jmt18325 Feb 3, 2011 4:12 AM


Originally Posted by RTD (Post 5149818)
And the "shrinkage" is of very minimal amounts anyways; it's more stable than anything else.

I'm generally an optimist, but I find a drop of more than 5% in 3 years, in a growing city no less, to be a real problem.

vid Feb 3, 2011 4:28 AM

Thunder Bay's airport recorded its best year ever, I think they got 680,000 passengers last year.

SpongeG Feb 3, 2011 4:59 AM

tourism and business travel is down not that surprising

A4Regina Feb 3, 2011 6:00 AM

Here in Regina, YQR posted 2010 passenger stats that showed a 9.6% increase over 2009, and an increase of 16.4% in the past three years.


Regina, SK (January 7, 2011): Passenger traffic at the Regina International Airport has never been higher, with
traffic up 16.4% in the past three years.
2010 proved to be the strongest year yet in the airport’s history, with a passenger growth rate of 9.6% over 2009.
This translates into a record number of 1,120,134 passengers; an additional 98,092 passengers over 2009
numbers. As well, December 2010 was the highest traffic month in RAA history as 101,129 passengers used YQR
as their gateway this past holiday season. December traffic was due, in part, to a 56% increase in charter traffic
over December 2009. The ease of access to transborder and charter destinations through increased airline
service options has provided an environment for continued and impressive growth...

Here's the full article.

Bigtime Feb 3, 2011 2:04 PM


Originally Posted by jmt18325 (Post 5150202)
I'm generally an optimist, but I find a drop of more than 5% in 3 years, in a growing city no less, to be a real problem.

Perhaps the new terminal will help turn those numbers around?

Airboy Feb 3, 2011 3:51 PM


Originally Posted by PoscStudent (Post 5149987)
Interesting I never heard anything about that.

Iqaluit has been trying to restore the flight ever since FA dropped it. When Iqaluit finally gets its new terminal the Customs area will be upgraded as well.They may have more than one agent then.

isaidso Feb 4, 2011 6:52 AM


Originally Posted by vid (Post 5150214)
Thunder Bay's airport recorded its best year ever, I think they got 680,000 passengers last year.

Thunder Bay's airport is one of the best in Canada.

vid Feb 5, 2011 6:44 PM


I didn't have time to find and post the article the other day but here it is:


The Thunder Bay International Airport saw a record number of passengers land and take-off in 2010.

The 689,704 travellers marks a 5.6 per cent increase of traffic volumes from 2009 and Thunder Bay International Airport Authority president and CEO Scott McFadden credits the jump to the strengthening local economy and special events like the World Junior Baseball Championship held in the city in July.

McFadden said their travel options and prices – specifically to hotspot destinations like Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Mayan Peninsula – are also a draw.
Hopefully they can find the funds to extend both runways to their maximum lengths in a few years, opening up more flight opportunities. The airport's capacity is either 750,000 or 1,000,000 so we should be good for a while. There is space to expand it by simply making the building longer so capacity isn't too much of a concern out of how many places can physically take off and land daily. A plane takes off or lands at YQT on average every 90 seconds. I live under the flight path (though far enough away that noise isn't a concern) and when waiting a few minutes for the bus I usually see no fewer than three planes go by.

davidivivid Jul 6, 2011 12:33 AM

The Quebec City airport's $225M expansion plan is officially under way. A first $70M expansion occurred in 2007 but the number of passengers increased so quickly that the airport already functions at almost full capacity. Back in 2003, about 650 000 passengers passed through the airport whereas the number had almost doubled to 1 200 000 in 2010. This increase seems only to be accelerating in the last few years, since the number of passengers ramped up by 14% last year and is well on the way to surpass such a percentage this year. Of course, these numbers are still relatively small considering the size of Quebec City but it is important to remember that historically, Montreal's proximity has always hindered the airport's growth since people didn't mind driving to Montreal's airport because airline companies only operated there. For the same reason, tourists also used to drive between the two cities instead of taking the plane. Since the number of airline companies present at Quebec City airport keeps increasing, a new reality is now emerging: lower ticket costs due to increased competition and more national and international direct flights. For example, Continental Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Delta Airlines are now all offering flights to multiple US destinations.

The bulk of the money will be funnelled towards the expansion of the international terminal (it will be 4 times larger), which will basically double the size of the airport. A multi-level parking lot and an hotel are also in the plans. Finally, the service facilities for passengers and airline companies will be improved.

By the way, Jean Lesage International Airport once again won the Airport Service Quality international survey for its category.

Here's what the airport looks at the moment. Renderings of the new terminal should be presented in the coming months.
Quebec City by Plane par polo200200, sur Flickr

North of 49 Jul 6, 2011 2:49 AM

wow I didn't realize how modern and spacious Quebec city's airport

Jamaican-Phoenix Jul 6, 2011 4:59 AM

One thing I've noticed is that most Canadian airports, big and small, are rather modern, well-designed and functional.

jmt18325 Jul 6, 2011 12:45 PM

Quebec City has an amazing airport. I hope that when Winnipeg's new airport opens, the traffic picks up. It's got to be the only growing city with falling air traffic.

Coldrsx Jul 6, 2011 5:25 PM

Very nice QC...

Echoes Nov 2, 2011 2:51 PM

The John G. Diefenbaker International Airport in Saskatoon is beginning a 2 year expansion that will almost double its size and increase capacity from 1.4 million passengers annually to 2.2 million.

The Saskatoon Airport Authority has a fantastic fly-through video tour of the expanded and refreshed terminal as well as some 3D renderings:

This is definitely going to class up Saskatoon's airport!

Biff Nov 2, 2011 3:00 PM

Looks like a beautiful addition to Saskatoon.

Bigtime Nov 2, 2011 3:59 PM

Saskatoon's airport is very nice for its size, looking forward to this expansion going ahead.

Here at YYC things are full steam ahead on the parallel runway (plus roadway tunnel underneath), new terminal, and new control tower. Here is a shot of the new control tower starting to head skyward:
Lufthansa A343 AIGI by $and$man, on Flickr

MonctonRad Nov 2, 2011 5:03 PM


I think it's really that Lufthansa jet that's heading skyward... :D

Bigtime Nov 2, 2011 6:11 PM


Originally Posted by MonctonRad (Post 5465253)

I think it's really that Lufthansa jet that's heading skyward... :D

Nah, that's an A343. They don't really head skyward as much as let the curvature of the earth fall below them. :haha:

MalcolmTucker Nov 2, 2011 6:33 PM


Originally Posted by Bigtime (Post 5465391)
Nah, that's an A343. They don't really head skyward as much as let the curvature of the earth fall below them. :haha:

Hair dryers can only provide so much thrust!

Jamaican-Phoenix Nov 2, 2011 10:46 PM


Originally Posted by Bigtime (Post 5465391)
Nah, that's an A343. They don't really head skyward as much as let the curvature of the earth fall below them. :haha:


Originally Posted by MalcolmTucker (Post 5465422)
Hair dryers can only provide so much thrust!

You gentlemen seem to know your aircraft. Have any need for an AME Apprentice? :D

Echoes Nov 3, 2011 3:09 AM

Some images of the refurbished/expanded terminal at John G. Diefenbaker (Saskatoon):


jmt18325 Nov 3, 2011 3:22 AM

I would just like to use this opportunity to say - I WANT A FLIGHT TO EUROPE FROM A MAJOR CARRIER FOR WINNIPEG.

Thank you.

halifaxboyns Nov 8, 2011 5:42 AM

Some photos from my recent trip home to Halifax of the Airport. They have been doing a lot of renovations recently and the airport is looking good with lots of new flights.
New road network and the expanded regional flight gates (ground loading). The barren site to the right of the new roads is where the new Airport Hotel (le Germaine) will be located (recently announced it's going ahead).
New Parking Garage from the new sky-walk over the main roadway system - also updated arrivals look with new glass.
US Airways - a new carrier to Halifax and doing really well (already upgraded flights, not just because of traffic but because of fog issues).
The main hall with shops, restaurants and awards oh yeah and Syd! Taken from the elevator up to the observation lounge on Level 3.
Some ramp action...the dark great gates are either new (part of the recent addition) or replacement (gate 16).
More ramp action...
The new upper level walk way to the US Check-in area - above the new starbucks (just opened).
US Check-in area to US Pre clearance - located above the domestic arrivals area.
US Check-in.
Looking down at the International/Domestic Arrival areas. The International Arrival area is at the top of the screen, domestic is to the right.
The globe with the plane flying around it...
One of the models of the two bridges in Halifax (The McKay and MacDonald Bridges). The centre baggage carousel has a model of the Town Clock on it.

I'm afraid I didn't get pics of the check-in area but there was a recent announcement that the Domestic/International Check-in area will be renovated to look like the arrivals area; which will be great because it feels a little cramped with the low roof.

All the photos are taken by me and come from my recent thread in the photos section on my easter trip home.

SpongeG Nov 8, 2011 6:48 AM

nice pics - looks like a nice airport

not really an expansion but Virgin Atlantic is starting 4 a week daily flights (seasonal) from vancouver to london heathrow


Vancouver will be the only Canadian destination for the U.K.-based airline, which offered a brief service to Toronto over a decade ago. However, that was cancelled following the 9/11 terrorist attack in the U.S.

Read more:

Coldrsx Nov 8, 2011 4:38 PM

Sask and Hali looking good.

halifaxboyns Nov 10, 2011 11:29 PM

Since there was a pretty active thread about Fort McMurray, I thought I would post the link to the Fort Mcmurray Airport Expansion program. The current airport is a dive, but the new one looks very interesting.

Bigtime Nov 18, 2011 2:47 PM

A few shots of YYC construction yesterday (sorry about the Blackberry camera quality):

The new control tower:

International/Transborder terminal:

Bigtime Nov 21, 2011 3:26 PM

Pano of the new terminal construction at YYC:
Pano International Terminal Construction P160-162 by ferreth, on Flickr

Coldrsx Nov 21, 2011 5:46 PM

New YEG hotel going up quickly now.

What it will look like when complete.

MTLskyline Nov 22, 2011 5:16 AM

There are rumours of Saint-Hubert Airport (YHU) getting a terminal. They want to start building it next year, and hope to offer domestic flights and attract around 50,000 passengers a year.

This could potentially work as Montreal's "City Center" Airport. I know YHU was trying to woo Porter a few years ago.

There were even proposals a few years ago to extend the Yellow Line of the Metro to Saint-Hubert airport. They likely would instead just divert the commuter trains serving the south shore to the airport.

Bigtime Nov 22, 2011 2:16 PM

I wonder if that expansion at YHU is related to the announcement from Pascan that they will be purchasing 4 ATR-42's.

MonctonRad Nov 27, 2011 12:37 AM

Greater Moncton International Airport (CYQM)

Here are a few pictures of the airport from their home page

Yearly passenger volume at GMIA is ~550,000

Regularly scheduled passenger airlines include Air Canada Jazz, WestJet, Porter and Continental.

Year round destinations include Toronto Pearson, Toronto Billy Bishop, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Newark.

Seasonal destinations include Varadero, Punta Cana, Montego Bay, Cancun and Orlando. Service is provided by WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat

This is a map of the taxiways and main building around the airport:

The 06/24 runway is going to be lengthened to 10,000 feet by December 2013. This is to support the growing air freight business at the airport. The airport handled nearly 23,000 metric tonnes of air freight last year, making it the 9th busiest air cargo facility in the country. An air industrial park is currently being developed along the northern fringes of the airport next to the Trans Canada Highway. A number of the available lots will have direct taxiway access. The GMIA has just signed a partnership agreement with the Liege Airport in Belgium (one of the largest air cargo facilities in Europe) to promote interconnecting business.

The Moncton Flight College on the southern perimeter of the airport is one of the largest flight training schools in the country. It has an affiliation with nearby Mount Allison University so that students can achieve a B.Sc in aviation if they so wish. The fight college has been training international students for years and recently signed a $7M contract with the Beijing University of Aeronautics so that they could serve as the flight training school for that university.

MTLskyline Nov 27, 2011 1:38 AM

Nice airport! It looks a lot more substantial than I would have expected.

halifaxboyns Nov 27, 2011 1:51 AM

Moncton airports makeover has always impressed me. I remember the first time I went to YQM in the old terminal and my first thought was 'what a dump' - it was really sad. This new terminal is light years from what was...great improvement. My only complaints is that they went from 3 air bridges down to 2 with the new airport design. That may have been because there wasn't as much need; but still personally I would've kept it at 3.

Granted since the new terminal opened; AC no longer flies DC9's into YQM (since they retired them) and it's mainly the CRJs and now the Q400s. But Westjet does good business with their 737's out of YQM - so I'm sure 3 bridges will come soon enough. :)

MonctonRad Nov 27, 2011 2:05 AM


Funny, I can't really recall the old terminal having three bridges. I do remember when they were installed though.

There are times when three bridges at the new terminal would be nice. The terminal was planned with expansion in mind however and this situation could easily be addressed in the future.

If I recall, the current terminal can handle up to 750,000 passengers per year, but the terminal can seem pretty congested in the early morning with all the flights leaving to make connections in Toronto, Montreal and Newark.

Coldrsx Dec 6, 2011 5:04 PM

YEG central hall opens! Starbucks, a steak and rib place, i-store, MEXX, a few more food and bevy.

Coldrsx Dec 6, 2011 6:24 PM

YEG's new hotel is progressing quickly.

Flavia123 Dec 6, 2011 6:57 PM

The expansion like this photo from Toronto Pearson International Airport? I really appreciate this improvement of our airports, because bigger competetion is bigger quality! :)

halifaxboyns Dec 9, 2011 10:36 PM

Looks like YHZ is seeing Icelandair come back for cargo operations after leaving 3 years ago. But YYC is going to loose their Frankfurt flight from Lufthansa.

whiteford Dec 10, 2011 2:11 AM

wow! the Edmonton render looks straight out of 1975. very, very kool if you ask me.

Cowtown_Tim Dec 12, 2011 8:06 PM

It looks like something from the Soviet communist era, but I like it. It's very funky.


Originally Posted by Coldrsx (Post 5488106)

alps Dec 12, 2011 8:12 PM

Very cool, I like it too.

Coldrsx Dec 12, 2011 10:46 PM


Very eastern Euro true.

trueviking Dec 13, 2011 5:03 AM

eek....euro maybe, but kazakhstan not copenhagen.

Joshy Dec 13, 2011 3:41 PM

Ugly, ugly, Fugly :yuck:

esquire Dec 13, 2011 4:30 PM


Originally Posted by Joshy (Post 5514704)
Ugly, ugly, Fugly :yuck:

I don't think it's that bad. It has some clean modern lines that work well with the rest of the terminal, and it's a vast improvement over what was originally proposed:

Source: the YEG thread

Black Star Dec 13, 2011 5:07 PM

Not a fan of them both. But i do like the inflatable Cowboy on the first one! The new hotel design to me is dated. Imo another missed opportunity.

Coldrsx Dec 13, 2011 5:12 PM

... a fly through:

vid Jan 13, 2012 12:36 AM

Thunder Bay Airport at Night

719,500 passengers in 2011. A record.

Thunder Bay passengers / population: 719,500 / 122,907 = 5.85
Toronto Pearson passengers / population: 31,934,395 / 5,555,912 = 5.75

So there!!!! :notacrook:

rbt Jan 13, 2012 4:25 PM


Originally Posted by vid (Post 5547941)
Thunder Bay Airport at Night

719,500 passengers in 2011. A record.

Thunder Bay passengers / population: 719,500 / 122,907 = 5.85
Toronto Pearson passengers / population: 31,934,395 / 5,555,912 = 5.75

So there!!!! :notacrook:

Don't forget to add another 1.25M for the City Centre airport as those trips used to be from Pearson a few years ago: 5.97.

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