Aéroports de Montréal

Aéroports de Montréal

November 12, 2007 12:30 ET

Montreal-Trudeau, First Canadian Airport Ready to Welcome the Airbus A380

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2007) - Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport today becomes the first Canadian airport to welcome the Airbus A380 wide-body jet with passengers on board. Preparations to receive the world's largest airliner were completed in 2006.

"The introduction of the Airbus A380 is an eloquent example of the constant changes taking place in the air transportation industry and to which airports must adapt," said James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aeroports de Montreal. "At Montreal-Trudeau, the bulk of the preparations for the A380 were completed as part of the terminal expansion and modernization program."

Montreal-Trudeau already had a head start because of the fact that the longest of its three runways -06L-24R at 3,350 metres long and 62 metres wide - already met size and load-capacity requirements. With the 7.5-metre-wide shoulders on both sides of the runway, total clearance is 77 metres. However, certain taxiways have been widened.

Gate 55 of the new international jetty was designed to handle this giant of the air, whose distinguishing features include two decks. Gate 55 is therefore equipped with two passenger loading bridges: one for the lower deck and another, some eight metres in height, for the upper deck. The bridges and interface building are easily accessible to people with reduced mobility.

The boarding lounges for the Airbus A380 can accommodate 690 passengers, including 550 seated. There are three airline counters compared to the usual two in a traditional boarding lounge.

The high-capacity, state-of-the-art system for handling outbound baggage can accommodate the huge flow of luggage generated by so many passengers. Similarly with the baggage pickup room, where only one of the four inclined conveyors is needed to handle all incoming passengers' luggage.

Thanks to these leading-edge facilities, the A380's transit time can be kept under three hours, which is comparable to that of the existing wide-body jets that carry fewer passengers.

It is worth noting that all of these facilities are not be reserved exclusively for the A380 and are already used by other models of wide-body jets.

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.

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