Landmark day for WestJet. For the first time, they will send more planes to Europe than Air Canada from Calgary. 960 seats across three Dreamliners... Paris, London, Dublin. Sunday is the only day of the week all three fly.
Thankfully I don't typically see that gongshow of a customs hall. I'm told it's a bit better but I haven't personally seen how bad it is when all those heavy Europe flights come at the same time.
Having just arrived today on WS 5 from Dublin I can report it's still a complete gongshow and the customs hall is way over capacity at these peak times. Some things I noticed today:Thankfully I don't typically see that gongshow of a customs hall. I'm told it's a bit better but I haven't personally seen how bad it is when all those heavy Europe flights come at the same time.
I have been down to the U.S twice in the last month ... Denver & New Orleans. On the trip back from Denver, we were given custom forms to fill out on the plane. Then when we arrived in the customs hall, the machines were in use which confused everyone who already filled out the form.
The ramp is absolute chaos right now. Planes are seemingly unaware that their gate is occupied (which is happening on the regular now) and come barrelling down a one-way alley and can't back out. Looking at you, American.Anyways, those were my thoughts. I still can't believe how the brand new customs hall feels like it was designed for the YYC of 20 years ago. One positive thing though, when we arrived there were 2 AC widebodies, 1 KLM, 1 Transat and 2 Westjet Dreamliners all on the apron, it definitely gave the 'big time airport feel' and I think justifies the investment in the new international terminal (no matter how badly I think they screwed it up).