Monday, January 29, 2007

T2/T1 changeover? What will be done?

A Toronto Star writer did a short simple story on some of the things that will happen as a result of the closing of Terminal 2 at Lester B. Pearson International Airport and the opening of the new Pier F at Terminal 1.

The following is just a short list of things that need to be considered:

  • IT equipment
  • Baggage Handling
  • Signage
  • Roads and Bus Routes
  • Ground Equipment
  • Parking

This really reminds me of what happened in Hong Kong when the changeover between their old international airport (Kai Tak Airport) and their new international airport (Chek Lap Kok Airport or more commonly known as Hong Kong International Airport). This was actually highlighted in an Extreme Engineering tv show episode. Not only did they show the construction of the airport and its associated infrastructure, but they also highlighted the logistics involved in the changeover. All this happened in the early morning of July 6, 1998 when all the essential airport supplies and vehicles that were left at the old airport for operation (some of the non-essential ones had already been transported to the new airport) were transported to the new airport with a single massive move, after the last plane touched down at Kai Tak at 1:28 am, and before the first plane arrived at 6:25 am.. The new airport wasn't even operational when that first plane scheduled to land departed from New York City.

Thankfully, the scale of the move at Pearson doesn't remotely come close to what occured in Hong Kong, but nevertheless, lets hope everything goes smoothly.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i remember that chek lap kok move! it was like a huge televised event in HK at the time... hahaha hilarious! There was like a while live show with performers etc..