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.