MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2012) - Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) is pleased to announce that around December 20, in time for the Holidays, it will officially open new boarding lounges for international flights, and particularly for Sun destination service. Located at the far end of the existing international jetty, these new departure lounges are the first phase of a major expansion project estimated to cost $270 million.
"This addition will immediately give us the flexibility to better meet demand during the periods of highest traffic," said ADM President and Chief Executive Officer James Cherry. "The strong growth in international traffic in recent years has led us to accelerate this work somewhat."
With seating capacity for 420-the equivalent of two normal boarding lounges-the new Gate 62 is equipped with a new bridge designed to handle three passenger transfer vehicles at once to transport passengers to aircraft parked at remote stands.
Phase II of the international jetty expansion project, which will get underway in 2014, will add a total of six new contact gates for wide-body jets (including two for A-380s), as well as a bus station. Scheduled for completion in September 2016, this additional section will include, among others, a vast 1,450-square-meter commercial area that will feature stylish lounges, shops, bars and restaurants. These facilities will confirm Montréal-Trudeau's status as a world-class airport.
"September 2016 is an important date for Aéroports de Montréal because we will be playing host to the Airports Council International (ACI) World and ACI North America annual conference, which will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal," Mr. Cherry noted. "More than 2,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend this prestigious event, and we are planning to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase our expertise in airport operation and development."
The extension of the international jetty is being accompanied by major landscaping and concreting work to expand the west apron and develop aircraft parking stands. This site, covering an area of 137,000 square metres (approximately the size of twenty soccer fields) will be completed in 2013. In preparation for the work, hangars and warehouses along Stuart Graham Boulevard also had to be demolished and relocated.
Other improvements are under way or planned for the coming years with the aim of adapting the capacity of airport facilities to demand that is growing by an average of 2% to 3% annually over the long term. The Corporation's capital investment program for the 2013-2017 period totals $1 billion.
ADM is the local airport authority responsible for the management, operation and development of Montréal-Trudeau and Montréal-Mirabel international airports since 1992. The Corporation employs 650 people at both airports and at head office. ADM has been ISO 14001 certified since 2000 and BOMA BEST certified since 2008.
For more information about Aéroports de Montréal and its operations, visit www.admtl.com.