Aéroports de Montréal

Aéroports de Montréal

December 13, 2007 09:48 ET

Aeroports de Montreal Provides a Progress Report on Work at Montreal-Trudeau

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2007) - With the year-end just around the corner, Aeroports de Montreal (ADM) today provided a progress report on the main construction work under way at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

"One of our biggest challenges is working within confined spaces without adversely affecting airport operations, and we successfully dealt with this challenge once again in 2007," says Henri-Paul Martel, ADM's Vice-President, Engineering and Construction.

The biggest construction site at the airport is that for the new transborder departures sector and Marriott hotel. Concrete work for the building is well underway, having reached the fourth level. The structure also includes a 500-space underground parking lot and an area for the future rail station. The transborder departures sector will comprise a baggage sorting room on the main level and a registration and customs clearance hall on the first floor. Passengers will reach the transborder jetty's boarding lounges via a corridor exiting near Gate 76, greatly reducing current walking distances. The hotel is scheduled to open in late 2008 and the transborder departures hall in early 2009.

Work to extend the elevated passenger dropoff lane (departures level) to the new transborder departures hall has also begun. Part of the current lane has to be demolished so that the lane's geometry can be changed. During this work, vehicle traffic will use a temporary down ramp which was just opened. Measures will be taken to ensure smooth traffic slow in this area.

In other developments, modernization of the domestic jetty is now complete. The interior design of the boarding lounges has been harmonized with that of the terminal's two other jetties, boarding gate bridges have been replaced and aircraft stands have been reconfigured in order to increase their number to 13. Commercial services in the terminal have also been revamped to increase the variety of shops and restaurants. In addition, the baggage-claim room on the arrivals level has been expanded and the capacity of the carrousels has been boosted by 50%.

Finally, preliminary work has been done to prepare for relocation of the service hangars situated at the western limit of the tarmac. Demolition of the hangars will facilitate aircraft movement and allow extension of the international jetty, which may occur earlier than anticipated if current traffic growth trends are maintained.

More than $160 million worth of construction was completed during 2007, bringing ADM's total investments in modernizing and expanding Montreal-Trudeau's to some $1.5 billion since 2000.

About Aeroports de Montreal

Aeroports de Montreal 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 600 people at the two airports, as well as at head office.

For further details on Aeroports de Montreal and the Corporation's activities, consult our website at www.admtl.com.

Contact Information

  • Christiane Beaulieu
    Vice President, Public Affairs
    514-394-7304