Aéroports de Montréal

Aéroports de Montréal

January 20, 2010 12:23 ET

Repatriation of 6,000 Canadians in Haiti: Aeroports de Montreal Organizes Reception Facilities to Ensure Efficient, Discreet Processing of Returnees

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 20, 2010) - The federal government has designated Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport as the gateway for repatriation flights carrying Canadian nationals who are now in Haiti and wish to return to Canada. Two boarding gates in the aeroquay – a facility located apart from the terminal building itself – as well as some 40 employees of Aeroports de Montreal (ADM), have been assigned to this special operation.

"Aeroports de Montreal is proud to contribute to this massive humanitarian operation and, together with Canadian government departments, we are ensuring that Canadian nationals arriving from Haiti are being treated with the utmost humanity and efficiency," said ADM President and Chief Executive Officer James Cherry.

"ADM is also assuming the entirety of the aeronautical fees related to repatriation flights and other humanitarian flights departing for or arriving from Haiti."

All arrival formalities, including customs and immigration procedures, as well as emergency services, are taking place at Gates 17 and 19 in the aeroquay, which are not accessible to the public and other airport passengers. Once formalities are completed, the returnees are immediately transported by bus to the Wyndham Montreal Airport hotel, which is serving as Quebec Civil Protection's humanitarian reception and assistance operations centre. For their part, seriously injured passengers are met by ambulance as soon as they deplane.

Mr. Cherry added: "We want to acknowledge the dedication of our front-line employees, who are working around the clock to provide this special service for Canadian nationals, and also the outstanding co-operation of the Canada Border Services Agency."

ADM is also contributing an in-kind donation of 31 palettes of emergency material, mainly bedding, which was flown to Haiti last night aboard a special Air Transat humanitarian flight.

ADM is the local airport authority responsible for the management, operation and development of Montreal–Trudeau and Montreal–Mirabel international airports since 1992. The Corporation employs some 600 persons at both airports and at head office. ADM has been certified ISO 14001 since 2000, and BOMA BESt certified since 2008.

For further information on Aeroports de Montreal and its operations, please visit our website at www.admtl.com.

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