A new connections centre at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in Canada was scheduled to commence first phase operations on 11 December 2019.
The new CAD 50 million centre is fully funded by Aéroports de Montreal (ADM). ADM stated that the facility is expected to boost the development of air service at the airport and establish it as an international air traffic hub. The hub is expected to offer improved comfort to passengers. According to ADM, it will increase the rate of aircraft seat occupancy, which will result in the introduction of new air links. The centre has been equipped with 36 primary inspection kiosks (PIKs) and a green wall connected to the ventilation system to maintain an optimal humidity level. The building’s design reflects the culture of Montréal, Québec and Canada and adheres to sustainable building standards. The centre’s second phase is expected to be completed in mid-2020.
Approximately 20% of YUL’s passengers have flight connections at the airport. During Phase 1 of operations, the centre will be accessed by international and transborder passengers who are travelling to domestic or international destinations. Phase 2 includes international passengers travelling to transborder destinations. It is estimated that around one million connecting passengers will access the centre.