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Image courtesy of James Cherry , President CEO , Aéroports de Montréal Image courtesy of James Cherry , President CEO , Aéroports de Montréal

A growing route network, enhanced facilities and a host of customer service and environmental innovations ensure that these are exciting times for Montréal-Trudeau, writes Stephanie Lepage.

This summer, Montréal-Trudeau offered direct flights to no fewer than 28 European cities, among them Prague for the first time in several years. 

Montréal-Paris remained the best-served international route outbound from Canada, with up to seven daily flights to Paris. Overall, carriers flying to Europe offered 13% more seats than in 2013.

“Montréal-Trudeau ranks fourth among all North American airports for the number of European destinations served by direct flights, ahead of major hubs like Chicago and Atlanta,” says James Cherry, president and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), the not-for-profit authority responsible for Montréal-Trudeau and Montréal-Mirabel airports. 

“We’re proud that Montréal-Trudeau has become a dynamic hub linking North America and Europe, with connecting traffic showing constant growth.”

 

Centralised security checkpoint

ADM is forecasting solid growth in total passenger traffic at Montréal-Trudeau this year after a 2.1% increase in 2013 to a record 14.1 million.

To accommodate this growth and enhance passenger convenience, Montréal-Trudeau has established a centralised security checkpoint for domestic and international flights, increasing capacity by 40% and making it the largest security station of its kind at any Canadian airport. 

It is also planning a major extension of Montréal-Trudeau’s international jetty. Scheduled to open in September 2016, it will feature six new boarding gates to handle more A380 and B787 Dreamliner aircraft, a large commercial area and a VIP lounge. 

Moreover, last spring Montréal-Trudeau officially opened 1,850sqm of new commercial zones in its public and international areas. 

The zones add about 10 new restaurants and boutiques to the airport’s already impressive line of retail offerings, encompassing gourmet restaurants and popular fast-food outlets, well-known local and international brands, and a wide range of renowned franchises selling cosmetics, clothing, books and music. 

“We want our customers’ experience to be as pleasant and memorable as possible and this has been the driving force behind our development strategy,” explains Cherry. 

“Boutiques and restaurants have become an integral part of the airport experience and the pleasure of travel, and airports are now striving to set themselves apart by offering distinctive local brands.”

 

Championing sustainable development

Adhering to the ‘4R’ principle (reduce, reuse, recycle and recover), glycol from Montréal-Trudeau’s de-icing area will be recycled and recertified starting in winter 2014-15 thanks to the recent installation of a new transformation system. 

ADM has also deployed multi-material recycling bins throughout the airport, with a goal of recovering 50% of its waste by 2017, and restaurants in the commercial zones have been equipped with facilities they need to recover their organic waste. 

“ADM is committed to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development,” notes Cherry, adding that ADM is one of the few airport administrations in North America with an ISO 14001-certified environment management system. 

ADM instituted a tree policy five years ago to protect areas of high ecological value on airport lands and mitigate the environmental impacts of projects. 

More than 10,000 trees have since been planted along access roads to Montréal-Trudeau to reduce heat islands and improve air quality. 

And in partnership with CO2 Environnement, ADM has planted another 96,000 trees at Montréal-Mirabel – the first reforestation project on airport land in North America for the purpose of carbon offsetting. The planting efforts will eventually result in 16,500 tonnes of CO2 offsets. 

In 2010, ADM became the first airport in North America to begin selling carbon credits, and last year it put up for sale 19,800 carbon credits on the voluntary market, representing the equivalent in tons of CO2 savings from 2010 to 2012.

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