February 25, 2004

In a 29-page decision written by hand, Ontario Superior Court Justice James Farley ruled Monday that Air Canada will be the sole tenant in the new, state-of-the-art terminal at Toronto Pearson Airport. The Greater Toronto Airport Authority had given competitor WestJet access to six of the 14 new gates before Air Canada sued to block the move. Lawyers for Air Canada, which filed for bankruptcy and began restructuring last April, argued that if the GTAA allowed WestJet to fly from Pearson's new terminal, Air Canada would lose $48 million annually and struggle to emerge from bankruptcy. "The new terminal represents a very significant investment for Air Canada, and today's decision means our customers will derive the benefit intended and the airline can proceed with its restructuring business plan," said Montie Brewer, an Air Canada executive. The $1.65 billion terminal, featuring moving sidewalks, oversized elevators and new retail space, opens April 1. 

A $3.4 million, 7,000-square-foot Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse opened last week in the new Terminal 4 at New York's JFK International Airport. Open to first-class passengers and Gold Club members, it offers a full menu, snacks, a bar, computers, high-speed Internet access, beds and high-tech bathrooms with showers. Design elements include a waterfall with a 90-foot reflecting pool, colorful mood lighting and stylish furniture.