Winnipeg's New Airport Terminal Opened this Morning

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  1. Golden Toque

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    Flew out on the first flight out of the new terminal at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport this morning. The load was light, with more photographers in the Maple Leaf Lounge, and at the gate, along with dignitaries than there were passengers.

    First impressions are mostly positive, with a bright new spacious airport welcoming visitors to the city. As for the Maple Leaf Lounge, much the same layout as the Montreal Trans-border lounge, with a long narrow layout, but more seating and amenities, including a nice quiet area at the end.

    As for the iconic tyndall stone fireplace of the old Maple Leaf Lounge, it has been replaced by a more modern fireplace as a divider between the seating area, and the food service area.

    Will post photos and a more complete report on my blog, later today...
     
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    Congrats to YWG! New terminal, new hockey team so what's next? A Grey Cup? :D
     
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    A milchap DO!!

    Congratulations to Winnipeg!

    [From my milePoint enabled iPhone]
     
  4. i will be there in a few weeks and look forward to seeing it. I guess my walk over to the four points will be partially outside now.
     
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    We will be spending Xmas in Winnipeg so also will have a look see of the new digs.

    (Posted from my milePoint enabled iPhone)
     
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    Bonus! I'll be there on Thursday, and I didn't even know about the new terminal. Look forward to checking it out. Thanks for the report!
     
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    Rats.......ACMM I am in the Maritimes for Xmas.
     
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    I am heading to the airport tomorrow.
     
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    No worries - had no intention of intruding on your family time :)
     
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    Look forward to seeing it in a couple of weeks, although I really like the classic "modern" look of the old terminal. Too bad it was rotten and about to fall down.
     
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    Are you staying at the Radisson ;) ? LOL
     
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    Will abuse it on Wednesday:p......when I flew in this past week to the old terminal it was looking pretty bad!
     
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    Don't forget a new Bomber's stadium......a welcome relief for many butts !
     
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    Will miss looking for fossils in the limestone wall while waiting for my checked bags to come down.
     
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    What's a checked bag? :D
     
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    Sitting in the MLL. (Connecting to YEG). First impressions are nice. Bridges from aircraft seemed long, but nice to have windows in them. Airport seems spacious with several non-gate seating areas with comfy-looking chairs. At least one of these looks like it could be temporary fill-in for an empty commercial space. I did note that the queue for a flight boarding spilled out well into the thoroughfare, which squeezed passersby.

    Overall impression: nice job. Makes domestic YUL look even worse. Congratulations, Winnipeg!
     
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    Thanks for the in person report. Sounds good! :)

    (Posted from my milePoint enabled iPhone)
     
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    I concur......the new YWG is really quite nice ! Airy, bright, city skyline views, and you never have the feeling of being contained and the terminal flows very well (at least on the departure track). There is also spacious seating in the gate areas and the MLL is quite all right. I wandered around and it looks like the USA gates are swing gates and they actually have proper F&B outlets. Was told that another lounge would be opening in the future.....All in all a great new terminal.....:)
     
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    Travellers can still do that with the staff at the MLL. ;) :D
     
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    At least in chilly Manitoba they are well preserved! :p
     
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    Of course the view from the MLL is of the old terminal.
     
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    Historical - don't you think? ;)
     
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