As a thank you to Danica for her helpful trips to Windsor last month, Ned provided round-trip flights to his No-Mo-Kee-Mo party today. I saw her off and explored the new access route to the island airport.
Elevators descend 650 feet to the the airport tunnel. Operating instructions are quite simple … basically two buttons. Top and bottom. One day this may be automated so when you get on at the bottom, it just knows to take you to the top.
Reaching the bottom, you cross beneath a short channel on a moving sidewalk. The tunnel is open to the public, not just ticket-holders, as you see by the photos I was taking.
At the end of the tunnel, escalators, then escalators, then more escalators take you up to the surface again.
When you reach the top and see the biplane, don’t think, “Jeez, maybe we should have let them have jets”. The old plane is only a symbol for the airport’s namesake Billy Bishop, a WW I pilot. Porter’s real planes are Dash 8s.
Danica and I were both active protesters against Porter’s attempts to get jets and runway extensions but we left our victory pins at home. The jets are out, enough said.
A little ferry still runs back and forth across the narrow channel, taking motor vehicles to the airport side in 5-minute trips. Was all the engineering of a tunnel necessary? It’s not ours to say. Much has been made of the fact that no public money went to the project. In fact, I’m a little surprised that you don’t need to show a ticket to use the tunnel.