Aéroports de Montréal

Aéroports de Montréal

March 02, 2009 15:00 ET

Aeroports de Montreal Issues Update on Work at Montreal-Trudeau

New U.S. departures sector to open soon

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - In an update on work in progress at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, the management of Aeroports de Montreal (ADM) has stated that the new U.S. departures sector will open on time and on budget. Located on the first two levels of a new building adjacent to the main terminal building, the new transborder sector constitutes the last major step in the airport's expansion and modernization project.

"This new facility will allow travellers bound for the United States to more easily and quickly complete their check-in, security and customs formalities," said ADM President and CEO James Cherry.

Distinguishing features of the new U.S. departures hall, slated to open on May 20 after a period of in-depth testing, include an all-glass facade, spacious areas and warm, welcoming design. The check-in counters and self-service kiosks (there will be 50% more of them than at present) will be located right next to the entrance.

Passengers will be able to get around more easily, and they will no longer have to carry their checked baggage all the way to the U.S. customs station. They will also have a much shorter walk, and be able to directly access centre of the transborder jetty after passing through the duty-free shop.

Vehicle access to the U.S. departures sector will be via an elevated ramp created as an extension of the existing drop-off lane for departing passengers. The building's all-glass facade will feature five entrances, and the entire length of the drop-off zone will be protected by a canopy. In addition, a glassed-in pedestrian passageway will connect the new building directly to the multi-level parking facility.

"The new state-of-the-art facilities will meet the most stringent security requirements," Mr. Cherry added. "The sorting room for outbound baggage, located on the lower level, will be among the most sophisticated in the world. Every piece of baggage will be weighed, photographed, scanned and logged to enable a rapid, efficient response in the event of a recall for secondary inspection by U.S. custom officers."

Located below street level are an underground parking lot with space for 500 vehicles on three levels, along with an area reserved for the future rail-shuttle station. The entrance to the station is also under construction between the main terminal building and the transborder sector.

The estimated overall project cost is some $300 million, bringing the total investment by ADM since 2000 to more than $1.5 billion.

The Marriott Hotel, being built and financed by the consortium Adamax, will feature 275 superior-class rooms and a full range of amenities. The top two floors of the building will house ADM's new administrative offices.

More than 800 construction workers and professionals are currently busy with the final stages of work.

Aeroports de Montreal is the local airport authority responsible for the management, operation and development of Montreal-Trudeau and Montreal-Mirabel international airports under the terms of a lease entered into with Transport Canada in 1992. The Corporation employs a total of some 600 persons at both airports and at head office.

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  • Source: Aeroports de Montreal
    Christiane Beaulieu
    Vice-President, Public Affairs