Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal
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Trudeau Airport as seen from a NASA Satellite before the construction of the international concourse.
WMO: 71627
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada
Operator Aéroports de Montréal
Serves Montreal, Quebec
Location Dorval and Saint-Laurent, Montreal
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 118 ft / 36 m
Coordinates 45°28′14″N 073°44′27″W / 45.47056°N 73.74083°W / 45.47056; -73.74083Coordinates: 45°28′14″N 073°44′27″W / 45.47056°N 73.74083°W / 45.47056; -73.74083
CYUL is located in Quebec
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06L/24R 11,000 3,353 Asphalt/Concrete
06R/24L 9,600 2,926 Asphalt/Concrete
10/28 7,000 2,134 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements 217,545
Number of Passengers 12,969,834
Total cargo (metric tonnes) 112,000
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[1] and Transport Canada[2]
Environment Canada[3]
Movements from Statistics Canada[4]
Passenger statistics from Aéroports de Montréal[5]
Cargo from ACI[6]

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (IATA: YULICAO: CYUL) (French: Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal) or Montréal-Trudeau, formerly known as Montréal-Dorval International Airport, is located on the Island of Montreal, 20 km (12 mi) from Montreal's downtown core. The airport terminals are located entirely in Dorval, while the Air Canada headquarters complex and one runway is located in Saint-Laurent, Montreal.[7][8] It is an international airport serving Greater Montreal, along with the regions of northern Vermont and New York.[9]

The airport is one of two managed and operated by Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), a not-for-profit corporation without share capital; the other airport is Montréal-Mirabel northwest of Montreal, which was initially intended to replace the one in Dorval but now deals almost solely with cargo.[10] Montréal-Trudeau is owned by Transport Canada, which has a 60-year lease with Aéroports de Montréal, as per Canada's National Airport Policy of 1994.[2]

Trudeau is the busiest airport in the province of Quebec, the third busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic and fourth busiest by aircraft movements, with 12,969,834 passengers and 217,545 movements in 2010.[4][5] It is one of eight Canadian airports with United States border preclearance and is one of the main gateways into Canada with 8,006,142 or 61.7% of its passengers being on non-domestic flights, the highest proportion amongst Canada's airports during 2010.[5] It is one of four Air Canada hubs, and, in that capacity, serves mainly Quebec, the Atlantic Provinces and Eastern Ontario. The air route between YUL and Toronto Pearson International Airport is currently the 14th busiest air route in the world, in terms of flights per week, while the air route between YUL and Paris-Charles de Gaulle is the 8th busiest in terms of passengers carried (1.1 million) between Europe and a non-European destination.[11]

Airlines servicing Trudeau offer flights to Africa, Western Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Europe, Mexico, the United States, and other destinations within Canada. The airport is headquarters and large Hub for Air Canada, the country's largest airline, charter airlines, Air Inuit, Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines. It also serves as a base of operations for CanJet. It also plays a role in general aviation as home to the headquarters of Innotech-Execair, Starlink, ACASS and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facilities of Air Canada, Air Transat, MJet and ExcelTech. Transport Canada operates a Civil Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility on site, with a fleet of Government owned and operated civil aircraft. Bombardier Aerospace has an assembly facility on site to build regional jets and Challenger business jets.



Terminal of Trudeau Airport

Early days

The birth of Dorval Airport was in the 1940s. At the time, it was becoming clear that the Saint-Hubert Airport (Montreal's first official airport, in operation since 1927) could no longer meet the city's growing aviation needs. The Minister of Transport purchased the land at the Dorval Race Track, thus ensuring the best possible location for the new airport. Montréal-Dorval International Airport went into operation on September 1, 1941, as RCAF Station Lachine with three paved runways. By 1946, the airport was already hosting more than a quarter of a million passengers a year, growing to more than a million by the mid-1950s. It was primarily chosen as an airport because of good weather and few foggy days. During World War II thousands of Allied aircraft passed through Dorval on the way to England. At one time Dorval was the major transatlantic hub for commercial aviation and the busiest airport in Canada with airlines such as British Overseas Airways Corporation (B.O.A.C) landing at Dorval en route to New York City.


In November 1960, the airport was renamed Montreal-Dorval International Airport/Aéroport international Dorval de Montréal. On December 15 of that year, the Minister of Transport inaugurated a new $30 million terminal. It was the largest terminal in Canada and one of the biggest in the world. Montréal-Dorval International Airport was the gateway to Canada for all European air traffic, serving more than two million passengers a year. Eight years later, Montréal-Dorval International Airport underwent a major expansion program. The Government of Canada predicted that Dorval would be completely saturated by 1985, and also projected that 20 million passengers would be passing through Montreal's airports annually. They decided to construct a new airport in Sainte-Scholastique (Montréal-Mirabel International Airport). As the first phase in the transition that would eventually see Dorval closed, international flights were to be transferred to the new airport in 1975.

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

The opening and closing of Mirabel Airport

On November 29, 1975, Montréal-Mirabel International Airport went into service. With an operations zone of 70 km2 (27 sq mi) and a buffer zone of 290 km2 (110 sq mi), it became the largest airport in the world. Many connecting flights to Canadian centres were transferred to Montréal-Mirabel and 23 international airlines moved their overseas activities there. As a consequence, the mission of Montréal-Dorval was redefined to encompass domestic flights and flights to the United States. Mirabel's traffic decreased due to the advent in the 1980s of longer-range jets that did not need to refuel in Montreal before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Montreal's economic decline in the late 1970s and 1980s had a significant effect on the airport's traffic, as international flights shifted away from Dorval to Toronto Pearson, which serves the larger urban centre of Toronto. The Trudeau government had developed Mirabel Airport to handle an expected growth in international traffic, and, eventually, to replace Dorval. That extra traffic never materialized, and due to its closer proximity to downtown Montreal, all scheduled air services have now returned to Dorval/Trudeau, while Mirabel ceased passenger operations in 2004. In May 2007, it was reported that the International Center of Advanced Racing had signed a 25 year lease with Aéroports de Montréal to use part of the airport as a race track.[12][13] At the same time fixed base operator, Hélibellule, opened a facility at the site to cater for the private jets that were expected. The company also provides a passenger service from Mirabel to destinations in Canada and the United States.[10][14] They operate three different types of helicopters; Bell 222, Robinson R22 and Aérospatiale Gazelle.[10]

Back to Montréal-Dorval, renaissance

An Air Canada Airbus A320 being de-iced.

With all international scheduled flights going back to Montréal-Dorval in 1997, as well as charter flights in 2004, Montréal-Dorval International Airport was finally able to become a true hub, where passengers would not have to travel to different airports depending on the type of flight. The consolidation of flights to Montréal-Dorval resulted in an increase of passenger traffic, not only because of transfer of flights, but because of new connecting opportunities. In 2000, 9.4 million passengers used the airport at a time when the maximum capacity was 7 million. In 2010, the airport handled 12,969,834 passengers,[5] a new record.

Passenger statistics for Montréal-Trudeau AirportA
Year Total Passengers  % change Domestic  % change International  % change Transborder  % change
2001[15] 8,079,928 –––– –––– –––– –––– –––– –––– ––––
2002[15] 7,589,708 −6.1% –––– –––– –––– –––– –––– ––––
2003[16] 7,761,184 +2.3% –––– –––– –––– –––– –––– ––––
2004[17] 10,335,768 –––– 4,322,145 –––– 3,162,534 –––– 2,851,089 ––––
2005[17] 10,892,778 +5.4% 4,446,976 +2.9% 3,461,371 +9.4% 2,984,431 +4.7%
2006[18] 11,441,202 +5.0% 4,653,599 +4.6% 3,708,264 +7.1% 3,079,339 +3.2%
2007[5] 12,817,969 +12.0% 5,393,576 +15.9% 4,245,642 +14.5% 3,178,751 +3.2%
2008[5] 12,813,320 0.0% 5,278,945 −2.1% 4,465,589 +5.2% 3,068,786 −3.5%
2009[5] 12,224,534 −4.6% 4,793,177 −9.2% 4,567,686 +2.3% 2,863,671 −6.7%
2010[5] 12,969,834 +6.1% 4,963,692 +3.7% 4,856,275 +6.2% 3,149,867 +10.0%
2011 (YTD) 10,609,723 +6.1% 3,945,318 +5.3% 4,184,606 +8.6% 2,479,799 +3.4%
Total (2004–2010) 83,495,405 28,888,418 28,574,778 21,175,934

*^A Statistics prior to 2004 are from Transport Canada. From 2004 on statistics are from ADM. Transport Canada's statistics are consistently lower than those of ADM. For example TC passenger numbers for 2004 are 9,369,584.[19]

Montréal-Trudeau with Air Canada's headquarters in background.

Operation Yellow Ribbon

On September 11, 2001, Dorval Airport participated in Operation Yellow Ribbon, taking in 7 diverted flights that had been bound for the closed airspace over the United States, even though pilots were asked to avoid the airport as a security measure. Mirabel International Airport also took in 10 other diverted flights totaling 17 diverted flight in the Montreal area bound for American cities.[20]

Operation Hestia

As part of Operation Hestia, Canada's military response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the airport was the official gateway for repatriation flights from Haiti.[21] As of January 24, 2010, 2,327 individuals have been evacuated,[22] mostly on Canadian military CC-177 Globemaster III and CC-130 Hercules aircraft.


The interior of the U.S. Departures wing.

The airport was renamed by the federal government in honour of former Canadian Prime Minister, the late Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, on January 1, 2004, the renaming having been announced in September the previous year by then Minister of Transport David Collenette. This move provoked some opposition, especially Quebec sovereignists opposed to some of the policies of the former prime minister, as well as opposition from many aviation historians and enthusiasts who recalled Trudeau's role as an opponent of the airport, planning to close it in favour of Mirabel Airport.[23] Many Montrealers still refer to Trudeau airport as "Dorval," or "Dorval Airport."

Current public transport

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) presently has four regular bus routes serving Trudeau International Airport, including route "204 Cardinal" seven days a week, route "209 Sources" Monday to Friday, and route "356 Lachine /Montreal-Trudeau /Des Sources" and 378 Sauvé /Côte-Vertu /Montreal-Trudeau night buses. Three of the four routes can take passengers to and from the Dorval bus terminus and train station, within walking distance of the VIA's Dorval station.[24] A shuttle bus runs between the airport and VIA's Dorval station.

On March 29, 2010, the STM introduced the 747 Express Bus route. Operating 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year, this route connects the airport to eight downtown stops, including transfer stops at Lionel-Groulx metro station, Central Station, and Berri-UQAM metro station. The service runs every 10–12 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m, every 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., and every hour from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.[25] Regular bus fare is not accepted; the minimum tariff is a day pass, with all other STM pass-type fares (3-day, weekly and monthly) also accepted.

Prior to the introduction of this public transportation service,[26] Groupe La Québécoise operated a coach service known as L'Aerobus between the airport and Central Station, connecting with several hotels downtown.[27]

Société de transport de Montréal

Trudeau Airport at night in 2008.
Air Algérie Airbus A330-200 Landing at Montréal-Trudeau
Route Destination Service Times Map Schedule
Société de transport de Montréal (STM)
204 Cardinal Westbound to Terminus Fairview Pointe-Claire with stops at Pine Beach and Valois Train Stations, Eastbound to Dorval (AMT)      Vaudreuil-Hudson Commuter Rail Line All-day Map Schedule
209 Des Sources Northbound to Dorval (AMT) and Roxboro-Pierrefonds (AMT) Train Stations      Vaudreuil-Hudson Commuter Rail Line      Deux-Montagnes Line Commuter Rail Line Monday to Friday All-day Map Schedule
747 Express Bus Eastbound to Downtown Montreal with stops at Lionel-Groulx Station and Berri-UQAM Metro Station

     Metro-Green Line      Metro-Orange Line      Metro-Yellow Line

24 Hours

Daily-Year Round

Map Schedule
356 Lachine /Montreal-Trudeau /Des Sources Westbound to Lachine with a stop at Dorval Train station and Eastbound to Downtown Montreal with stops at Atwater Metro Station and Frontenac Metro Station.

     Vaudreuil-Hudson Commuter Rail Line      Metro-Green Line


Approximately 1:00 a.m.–5:00 a.m. daily

Map Schedule
378 Sauvé /Côte-Vertu /Montreal-Trudeau Eastbound to Saint-Laurent with stops at Côte-Vertu Metro Station, Montpellier Train Station and Sauvé Metro Station.

     Deux-Montagnes Line Commuter Rail Line      Metro-Orange Line


Approximately 1:00 a.m.–5:00 a.m. daily

Map Schedule


Terminal expansion (2000–2005)

The International Arrivals Complex

Montréal-Trudeau underwent a major expansion and modernization designed to increase the terminal's capacity and substantially enhance the level of passenger service. In February 2000, with a budget of C$716 million, ADM announced plans for an extensive expansion plan that would bring Montréal-Trudeau up to standard with other North American airports its size. The airport terminal had for the most part remained the same, with the exception of minor renovations, since its opening in the 1960s. With increased passenger volume resulting from the transfer of international scheduled passengers from Mirabel Airport in 1997, as well as Air Canada's intentions to make Montréal-Dorval its Eastern Canada hub, there was a strong need to greatly expand the terminal, whose capacity of roughly 7 million passengers per year had been exceeded.

The expansion program included the construction of several brand-new facilities, including a jetty for flights to the United States (US Preclearance Terminal), another for other international destinations (International Terminal), and a huge international arrivals complex. A 18-gate Transborder Concourse, an 11-gate International Concourse, new customs hall and baggage claim area for non-domestic flights, and an expanded parking garage, were built between 2000 and 2005. Additionally, sections of the domestic area were renovated and expanded, accompanied with additional retail space. The International part of the Aeroquay satellite was demolished, leaving the domestic part for regional carriers. The completion of the CAD$716 million expansion gives Montréal-Trudeau the ability to serve 15 million passengers a year.[28] This ironically accomplished one of the goals that was to be met with the construction of Mirabel. (In the 1970s, the federal government projected that 20 million passengers would be passing through Montreal's airports annually by 1985, with 17 million through Mirabel). Aéroports de Montréal financed all of these improvements itself, with no government grants. By the end of 2007, $1.5 billion had been spent to upgrade Montréal-Trudeau.[29]

New hotel, transborder terminal expansion and modernization (2006–2009)

On June 15, 2006, construction began on a new four-star Marriott hotel at the airport, above the transborder terminal. Originally scheduled to be completed by September 2008, the 279 first-class room hotel opened its doors on 19 August 2009. Construction was slowed down because of the recession and a collapse in the Transborder market. It will eventually contain an underground train station to connect it with downtown Montreal as well as ADM's corporate headquarters, currently located in downtown Montreal.

The new Marriott hotel and U.S. Departures wing.

On the same day, Montreal-Trudeau airport opened the doors to the refurbished, expanded, modernized and user-friendly transborder terminal, meeting the industry's highest standards. This increased the total area of the terminal from 9,320 to 18,122 m2 (100,300 to 195,060 sq ft). Furthermore, the terminal is equipped with a new baggage sorting room which allows U.S. customs officers to retrieve luggage for secondary inspection.[29]

International terminal expansion (2011–2016)

In July 2011, Mr. James Cherry, the CEO of Aéroports de Montreal, announced that they're planning a two-phase expansion of Montréal-Trudeau’s international terminal. He also added that when the expansion project will be completed in 2016, the international terminal will have 17 contact gates compared to 11 currently. In other words, it will be expanded with 6 new gates. Furthermore, 2 remote stands will also be added. The total cost of the project is expected to be between CAD500 million and CAD600 million.[30]

Other projects

Starting in 2006, ADM began the next process of land access to upgrade road traffic to the airport, a new parking garage, and the improvement of the domestic terminal. On 30 November 2006, ADM announced plans to relocate numerous hangars at the western part of the airport in order to expand the Transborder and International terminals. In October 2010, it was revealed that the international jetty will be expanded with an addition of four new gates, one of which will be able to accommodate the Airbus A380. The airport will therefore have two gates able to handle the A380.[31]

As of May 2011, photographs, films and animated works from the National Film Board of Canada, which is headquartered in Montreal, are on display as part of the airport's Montreal Identity/L'Aerogalerie program.[32]

Dorval interchange

Future Montréal-Trudeau train station located under the new Marriott hotel.

Aéroports de Montréal, the City of Montreal, Transports Québec and Transport Canada are planning to improve the Dorval interchange and build direct road links between the airport and highways 20 and 520. Once the certificate of authorization has been obtained, work began in June 2009 with a potential end date of 2013. The project will entail redesigning the roads network within the airport site.[33]

Rail shuttle to downtown Montreal

Aéroports de Montréal is planning to introduce an express rail shuttle service to accelerate access to the airport from the downtown core. This 20 km (12 mi) long shuttle, with departures every 20 minutes, would make the trip in under 20 minutes. To this end, Transport Canada, ADM, Via Rail, and the Agence métropolitaine de transport (Metropolitan Transit Agency) have jointly developed a wide-ranging proposal that includes the enhancement of commuter train and inter-city train service between Downtown Montreal and the West Island of Montreal. On June 17, 2010, Gare Centrale was chosen as the final destination for the rail link, with construction expected to be completed between 2013 and 2015.[34]

The Quebec provincial budget of 2010 set aside $200 million for this project. However, as this project will likely cost over $1 billion, there remains a vast financial gap to fill.

The main issue with the project, aside from cost, is how it will improve public transit on the West Island. If the project is exclusively to the airport from downtown, it will have no impact for the west island community. But if it continued to Ste Anne de Bellevue, then it could be a marked improvement, just as Canada Line has done for Richmond in British Columbia.

Airbus A380

Map showing non-stop destinations from Montreal

The last round of construction improved Montréal-Trudeau so that it is prepared to handle the new Airbus A380. An Airbus-marked aircraft (MSN007) took off from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and landed at Montréal–Trudeau on 12 November 2007 with some 500 guests aboard. It left Montreal on 13 November to go to Orlando International Airport in Florida (United States). It returned to Montreal on 15 November, continuing to Paris on the same day, and then back to its Toulouse base.[35]

As part of the 60th anniversary of Air France in Canada celebrations, Air France sent their Airbus 380 to Montreal-Trudeau on their AF346/347 scheduled flight on October 7, 2010 as a one-day special flight. It was also the first A380 of Air France to land in Canada.[36] See the official landing video

Air France became the first operator of the type in Montreal on April 22, 2011 when they officially launched its daily A380 service to Montreal.[37] They are using gate 55, which is equipped with two air bridges to load and unload passengers on both decks of the A380 simultaneously.

Passenger concourses

The airport is divided into three concourses: A, B and C, with each one being used for passenger traffic heading to certain areas. Concourse A is the Domestic terminal and holds 26 gates: 1–12, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27–30, 32, 34, 47–49.

The International concourse is B and it holds traffic of those airlines travelling outside Canada and the U.S. In 2010, the airport handled nearly 5 million passengers on international flights, making it the 2nd busiest airport in Canada in terms of international passenger traffic.[5][38] The International terminal holds 13 gates: 50–53A, 53B–61. Finally Concourse C is dedicated to U.S. bound flights. It holds 18 gates: 72–89.


Air Canada has three Maple Leaf Lounges at Montréal-Trudeau: 1 in the Domestic Jetty, 1 in the Transborder Jetty, and 1 in the International Jetty. Air France has a lounge in the International Jetty, on the higher level, at gate B55, their A380 gate. Servisair offers a pay-per-use and membership VIP lounge in the International Jetty

Airlines and destinations

Some 40 airlines offer non-stop services to more than 120 regular and seasonal destinations worldwide.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Aeroméxico Mexico City B
Air Algérie Algiers B
Air Canada Barbados, Brussels, Calgary, Cancun, Cayo Coco, Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Edmonton, Frankfurt, Fort-de-France, Fort Lauderdale, Geneva, Halifax, Holguin, Las Vegas, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Montego Bay, New York-LaGuardia, Orlando, Ottawa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-au-Prince, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, St John's, Santa Clara, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, Varadero, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Antigua, Athens, Barcelona, Cayo Largo, Cozumel, Deer Lake, Fort Myers, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo [begins December 23], Liberia (Costa Rica), Miami, Nassau, Providenciales, Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit, Rome-Fiumicino, Samaná, San Francisco, San Juan, St Lucia, Tampa, West Palm Beach
A, B, C
Air Canada Express operated by
Air Georgian
Hartford, Moncton A, C
Air Canada Express operated by
Jazz Air
Bagotville, Baie-Comeau, Bathurst, Boston, Charlottetown, Chicago-O'Hare, Fredericton, Halifax, Houston-Intercontinental, Magdalen Islands, Moncton, Mont-Joli, New York-LaGuardia, Newark, Ottawa, Quebec City, Rouyn-Noranda, Saint John, Sept-Îles, Toronto-Pearson, Val-d'Or, Washington-National, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Regina
A, C
Air Canada Express operated by
Sky Regional Airlines
Toronto-Billy Bishop[39] A
Air Creebec Chibougamau, Val D'Or A
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle B
Air Inuit Kuujjuarapik, La Grande, Quebec City A
Air Saint-Pierre Saint-Pierre B
Air Transat Cancun, Holguin, Istanbul-Atatürk, Málaga, Orlando, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Port-au-Prince, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Toronto-Pearson, Varadero
Summer seasonal: Athens, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Bordeaux, Brussels, Dublin, Lisbon, London-Gatwick, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Porto, Rome-Fiumicino, Toulouse, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna
Winter seasonal: Acapulco, Antigua [begins December 18], Camaguey, Cartagena, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Fort Lauderdale, Havana, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, La Romana, Managua, Montego Bay, Panama City, Porlamar, Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit, St Maarten, Samana, San Jose de Costa Rica, Santa Clara, San Andres Islands, San Salvador
A, B, C
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami C
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia C
Bearskin Airlines Kitchener/Waterloo, Ottawa A
British Airways London-Heathrow B
Continental Connection operated by Colgan Air Newark C
Continental Express operated by Chautauqua Airlines Cleveland C
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Newark C
Corsairfly Seasonal: Paris-Orly B
Cubana de Aviación Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Havana, Holguin, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba, Varadero B
Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul C
Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Atlanta, Detroit, New York-JFK C
First Air Iqaluit, Kuujjuaq[40] A
KLM Amsterdam B
Lufthansa Munich B
Porter Airlines Halifax, Toronto-Billy Bishop
Seasonal: Mont-Tremblant
Provincial Airlines Sept-Îles A
Qatar Airways Doha B
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca B
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia B
SATA International Seasonal: Lisbon, Ponta Delgada B
Sunwing Airlines Acapulco, Camaguey, Cancun, Cayo Coco, Cienfuegos, Cozumel, Fort Lauderdale, Havana, Holguin, Isla Margarita, La Romana, Los Cabos, Manzanillo de Cuba, Montego Bay, Orlando, Paris-Charles de Gaulle,[41] Panama City, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit, Roatán, Santa Clara (Cuba), Santiago de Cuba, Santo Domingo, Varadero B, C
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich B
United Express operated by
ExpressJet Airlines
Washington-Dulles C
United Express operated by
GoJet Airlines
Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles C
United Express operated by
Shuttle America
Chicago-O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, Washington-Dulles C
US Airways Express operated by
Air Wisconsin
Charlotte, Philadelphia C
US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines Charlotte, Philadelphia C
WestJet Calgary, Cancun, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Punta Cana, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Edmonton, Montego Bay,[42] Halifax, Orlando, Varadero
A, B, C

Charter airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations Concourse
CanJet Antigua, Camaguey, Cancun, Cartagena, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos,Corn Island (Nicaragua) Fort-de-France, Ft. Lauderdale, Havana, Holguin, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, La Ceiba, La Romana, Leon, Managua, Manzanillo, Montego Bay, Orlando, Panama City, Pointe-a-Pitre, Providenciales, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit, Punta Cana, St. Maarten, Samana, Santa Clara (Cuba), Santo Domingo, San Andres Islands, San Salvador (Bahamas), San Salvador, Toronto-Pearson, Varadero A, B, C
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick B
Thomas Cook Canada operated by Jazz Air Seasonal: Cancun, Liberia (Costa Rica), Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit, Punta Cana B
Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER landing in Montreal.


Airlines Destinations
Nolinor Aviation
Volga-Dnepr Bombardier operations
Air Canada Cargo

Incidents and accidents

  • November 29, 1963: Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 831 crashed shortly after departure for Toronto, killing all 118 people on board the Douglas DC-8 jet.
  • June 2, 1982: a Douglas DC-9 jet exploded during a maintenance period in Montreal. No deaths.
  • July 23, 1983: Air Canada Flight 143, a Boeing 767 flight originating in Dorval made an emergency landing in Gimli, Manitoba after running out of fuel. No one was injured, and the incident became known as the Gimli Glider.
  • On May 13, 2006, the Federal Aviation Administration refused permission for Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight BG011 en route from Dhaka to New York City to enter US airspace, citing safety concerns over the ailing DC-10 aircraft being used on the route. As a result the flight was diverted to Trudeau Airport where the passengers were provided with alternative airline options to complete their journey.[43]
  • August 10, 2006: Air Canada Flight 865 from London Heathrow to Montreal was among the seven planes allegedly targeted in a massive bomb plot that was being planned in Britain. The flight, scheduled for departure from London at 3:15 p.m., was canceled that day. All targeted flights, carrying between 240 and 285 people each, were to have been detonated simultaneously as the planes crossed the Atlantic Ocean. The flight flew an Airbus A330-300.[44]
  • September 23, 2007: Air Canada Flight 155 out of Trudeau Airport was forced to return because of a problem with the landing gear hydraulics. The flight was heading for Calgary. About forty minutes into the flight, the pilots discovered the hydraulics problem and returned to the airport. It made a heavy landing and a hard stop, resulting in the gear catching fire. Emergency crews extinguished the flames. All 121 passengers and five crew were evacuated from the aircraft without incident or injury.
  • August 26, 2008: Air France Flight 346, a Boeing 747-400 was making a landing at the airport when it skidded off the runway and got stuck in the grass. The flight originated from Charles de Gaulle International Airport. All of the 490 passengers on board escaped with no injury.[45]
  • November 30, 2010: An American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, a Boeing 737 landed and ran off the runway. The flight was carrying about 100 passengers. None of them were seriously injured. The aircraft did not sustain serious damages. The cause is still unknown.[46]


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