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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Best Airport in the World?

Posted on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Two Halifax Newspaper Daily's recently congratulated Halifax for winning the banner of 'Best Airport in the World'. Is this a joke?

3 first place finishes and a silver medal...? who exactly were these people surveying? First off, there is no convenient way for the public to access the airport. The company providing 'frequent shuttle service' is a cash grab, and even when I've held an overpriced shuttle ticket in my hand... I've waited for many shuttles to never show up, almost missing my flight and having to fork over more cash to a taxi. Arriving in 'Stanfield' at 11:30pm, the shuttle office has been closed, and I've been forced to cue for hours for taxis to drive out, only to get home at 2:00am, broke and pissed. The structure itself isn't bad, but the fact that the city hasn't addressed transportation problems makes it one of the least convenient to travel to. I've had the misfortune of being in many airports across Canada and the world, and I would have to rank the Stanfield International Airport near the bottom for having the worst on-ground public transit network I've encountered. The airport has responded to this problem by constructing more parking spaces amidst falling income levels and pre-existing empty parking lots. Good work!

In Montreal, billions were spent making 'Mirabel International Airport' (ironic acronym of MIA) the worlds second largest airport, yet its distant location and lack of transport links had passengers refusing to use it. This symbol of 'national pride' became a total embarrassment and is now only used for cargo. The only difference between this lovely structure, and Halifax's Stanfield International Airport, is the latter holds a monopoly, and the citizens don't raise a voice (a brief history of everything Atlantic).

You can build a beautiful structure in the middle of nowhere, like Ivory Coasts' Yamoussoukro Basilica (which doubled the national debt in a country where most don't have running water), yet it doesn't always mean it was a good idea. But go on... congratulate yourself Halifax... looking at what our tax dollars fund, this failure is our greatest success.

---Michael

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