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YMX control tower will be staffed by ATC once again


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Nav Canada, last year, launched a review of air traffic services at Mirabel airport, in order to determine if the level of service provided is adequate for future demand and traffic growth. The control tower has been manned by FSS (flight service specialists) on a 24h basis since December 2008. 

Transport Canada has now approved the change in level of service and air traffic controllers will soon provide control tower services to aircraft at YMX once again. An official timeline for the change hasn't yet been released, but is expected soon. This is very good news, and something airlines/companies that have been operating at YMX have wanted for a long time.

For anyone wondering what is the difference between an FSS and ATC, here are two links describing each job function.

https://takecharge.navcanada.ca/careers/fss/

https://takecharge.navcanada.ca/careers/

Just like YHU, the plan is for controllers to staff the tower during the day, and FSS to take over during night-time. YUL tower is staffed by ATC on a 24h basis.

YMX handled 65,000 aircraft movements in 2017.

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Correction YMX handled 20 099 aircraft movements in 2017 and 24 036 in 2018. 

There’s been serious growth since 2017, fuelled in part by the opening of Mirajet complex and the increase in Bombardier activities. The return of ATC’s is great news. 

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10 hours ago, Trudeau said:

Correction YMX handled 20 099 aircraft movements in 2017 and 24 036 in 2018. 

There’s been serious growth since 2017, fuelled in part by the opening of Mirajet complex and the increase in Bombardier activities. The return of ATC’s is great news. 

ADM`s numbers differ a lot from NavCan's (and StatsCan) numbers at YMX because they are not counting local movements and overflights. Suffice it to say Navcan is more accurate, and is the number Statistics Canada uses in their annual reports on aircraft movements.

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/51-209-x/2015001/t001-eng.htm

In 2014, YMX handled 38,588 movements, and yet ADM's number for that year was less than 13,000.

In 2017, YMX handled 12,586 more movements than in 2016, and yet ADM only had 20,099 movements total in 2017. Clearly their method of counting movement numbers at YMX isnt the benchmark to use.

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/51-004-x/51-004-x2018008-eng.htm

As I said, FSS movement counts are a bit different than ATC counts.

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