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Montréal–Trudeau Airport celebrates 70th birthday

Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport has gone platinum, celebrating its 70th anniversary on September 1.

Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport has gone platinum, celebrating its 70th anniversary on September 1.


On September 1, 1941, the then-named Dorval Airport officially opened on the site of a former racetrack acquired by the Government of Canada.


Built primarily for military purposes, the airport was used to train pilots from Commonwealth countries and to dispatch military aircraft in support of the war effort.


After the war, Dorval Airport became fully dedicated to civil aviation and in 1945, the gateway was already served by four airlines carrying 500 passengers per day.


Ten years later, in 1955, Dorval had become the largest Canadian airport handling one million passengers a year.


The airport was renamed Montréal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, in honor of the former Canadian prime minister in 2004, and today welcomes around 13mppa and serves 130 destinations.


James Cherry, president and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) which operates the gateway, said: “The 70th anniversary of Montréal–Trudeau is an excellent opportunity to recall the important role played by the airport over the years and its contribution to the community.”


To commemorate the milestone, ADM will publish a special supplement in La Presse and The Gazette next Saturday and will also open a retrospective exhibition in the transborder (United States) departures hall.

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