On Monday, April 30, Phillipe Rainville, the CEO of Aeroports Montreal, unveiled plans to give a major upgrade to the Montreal-Trudeau Airport.
The announcement was made at Montreal’s Chamber of Commerce, where Rainville revealed a $2.5 billion expansion plan for the Airport, the highlight of which is a new terminal.
The $2.5 billion will be invested in the airport over the next five years and will be financed through long-term debt and revenues from financial activities, such as parking, shopping, and flying, within the airport.
In the past few years, according to the Aeroports de Montreal, ridership has only continued to grow. In 2017, the airport saw more than 18.2 million passengers, a 9.% increase in the prior year’s travels. By 2022, a whopping total of 22 million passengers are expected. Thus, they believe that there’s every reason for the number to increase and wish to grow the airport to accommodate said demands.
The new terminal will be located between the airports two major runways. The terminal will be equipped with anywhere between 10 to 14 gates.
In an open letter, Rainville also shares with the public that some of the major infrastructures in Montreal’s current airport are “at the end of [their lives]”. The parking lot which faces the terminal, as well as the landing stage, are both in major need of replacement. He revealed that these two infrastructures would have to be rebuilt within eight years.
Also being built is a connection to the Réseau Electrique métropolitain (REM). An underground station for the city’s incoming light-rail will be built, located 35 metres below the parking lot.
Other upgrades to the facility include a green roof and a glass-roof that will cover the walkway between the airport and parking lot.
Overall work for the project will be completed no sooner than 2030. Plans for upgrades are still in early stages and more details will be announced at the airports next annual general meeting.