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BERTRAND MAROTTE

 

Globe and Mail Update

 

December 24, 2007 at 8:14 AM EST

 

MONTREAL — It cheekily bills itself as "Montreal's U.S. airport" and has even put up bilingual signs at its new passenger terminal to lure Quebec travellers.

 

Plattsburgh International Airport, in New York State on Lake Champlain, is out to carve a niche for itself as a convenient facility offering cheap flights.

 

About an hour's drive away is a key target market - the populous Montreal region.

 

The folks at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport aren't quite panicking but they concede the upstart can do some damage.

 

Opened in June, Plattsburgh airport boasts a gleaming new terminal done up in mock-Adirondack-lodge style and offering low-cost regional and sun-destination flights.

 

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air LLC launched regular discount flights to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last month and the response has been so positive that the airline has added more flights and a second destination - Orlando.

 

"It's been a very good market for us. It has well exceeded our expectations," said Allegiant spokeswoman Tyri Squyres.

 

Garry Douglas, president and chief executive officer of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, says 80 per cent of the passengers on Allegiant's flights to Florida come from across the border.

 

"We want to be Montreal's secondary airport. It's one of the last major metropolitan areas in North America with no secondary airport," he said.

 

Burlington, in neighbouring Vermont, also has an international airport that draws some business from Montreal but it's two hours away with no direct highway link, he said.

 

The Plattsburgh facility - located on a former air force base - is not the only U.S. border airport to offer an alternative to bigger rivals in Canada.

 

Sleepy Bellingham, Wash., attracts traffic from Vancouver. Buffalo, N.Y., lures passengers from Toronto's busy Pearson International Airport.

 

The strong Canadian dollar, cut-rate U.S. air fares and perks like less congested terminals and free parking can add up to a powerful incentive. Mr. Douglas tells the story of one man who drove from Quebec City to Plattsburgh for the launch of Delta Connection air service to Boston recently.

 

The man told him it was worth it just for the free parking since he would be gone for six weeks; leaving his car at Montreal-Trudeau would have cost him a fortune, Mr. Douglas said.

 

James Cherry - president and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal, the non-profit authority that runs Montreal-Trudeau - says he isn't losing sleep over the new cross-border rival but concedes there will be some lost business.

 

"The first thing they're going to do is take passengers away from Burlington. But are we going to lose some people? I think we might, though it won't be substantial," he said.

 

"We're going to watch this carefully. It wouldn't have been as much of an issue two years ago but it is now because of the high value of the Canadian dollar."

 

Part of the problem competing with upstarts like Plattsburgh is that the playing field isn't level, Mr. Cherry said.

 

Montreal-Trudeau (formerly Dorval) and other Canadian airports are burdened with municipal taxes, rent to the federal government and having to cover their own capital costs, he said.

 

Their government-run U.S. rivals, on the other hand, pay no taxes and receive public funds, he said.

 

Source: reportonbusiness.com

 

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Como qualquer coisa, a aviação cresce por causa da concorrência, inclusive de aeroportos. Não duvido que o aeroporto de Montreal irá oferecer melhorias para reconquistar seus paxs.

 

Abraços

 

Matheus

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Como qualquer coisa, a aviação cresce por causa da concorrência, inclusive de aeroportos. Não duvido que o aeroporto de Montreal irá oferecer melhorias para reconquistar seus paxs.

 

Abraços

 

Matheus

 

 

Aqui em YYZ como todos os aeroportos canadense, as taxas aeroportuarias sao muitos altas.

Para se ter um exemplo a ACA cobra por 2 tickets YYZ-CUN-YYZ 1.940,00 Dolares canadense, entao voce dirigi de Toronto a Buffalo (NY) que sao uns 90 minutos e voar de Jet Blue BUF-JFK-CUN-JFK-BUF por apenas 842,00 US$ (2 TICKETS) e as conexoes sao quase imediatas(40minutos), e eu deixo carro estacionado no aeroporto por uma semana e pago 50 dolares, em Toronto vc paga 5 dolares por meia hora de parking. E do jeito que esta nao melhoria por aqui, a taxas aeroportuarias que nao param de subir e os passageiros cruzando a fronteira para viajar de la pro mundo.

 

saudaçoes,

 

SKYSERVICE

 

HAPPY HOLYDAYS :thumbsup:

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Como qualquer coisa, a aviação cresce por causa da concorrência, inclusive de aeroportos. Não duvido que o aeroporto de Montreal irá oferecer melhorias para reconquistar seus paxs.

 

Abraços

 

Matheus

 

Bom, facilidades é o queu nao falta em YUL.. Tem terraço pra spotting, paga 5CAD a hora :rulez:

Uma das coisas que eu mais gosto em YUL é que voce pode fazer o checkin através de um balcão (tem uns 30 no aero), que nem de banco. :thumbsup:

 

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Aqui em YYZ como todos os aeroportos canadense, as taxas aeroportuarias sao muitos altas.

Para se ter um exemplo a ACA cobra por 2 tickets YYZ-CUN-YYZ 1.940,00 Dolares canadense, entao voce dirigi de Toronto a Buffalo (NY) que sao uns 90 minutos e voar de Jet Blue BUF-JFK-CUN-JFK-BUF por apenas 842,00 US$ (2 TICKETS) e as conexoes sao quase imediatas(40minutos), e eu deixo carro estacionado no aeroporto por uma semana e pago 50 dolares, em Toronto vc paga 5 dolares por meia hora de parking. E do jeito que esta nao melhoria por aqui, a taxas aeroportuarias que nao param de subir e os passageiros cruzando a fronteira para viajar de la pro mundo.

 

saudaçoes,

 

SKYSERVICE

 

HAPPY HOLYDAYS :thumbsup:

 

Foi em Toronto que inauguraram um terminal novo né? É exclusivo da AC? Tive vendo uma fotos de YYZ e realmente é muito grande!

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