Airport operator Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) has officially inaugurated C$350m (US$270m) worth of expansions and improvements at Montréal Pierre–Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Québec, Canada.
The improvements include an extension to the international jetty, with the addition of six boarding gates for wide-body aircraft such as the A380, as well as a new commercial area between existing Gates 52 and 53. The project also features expansions in the domestic section, including a new commercial area near gate 1.
The expansion of the terminal’s international jetty, the most significant project in terms of budget, was completed four months ahead of schedule. The investments were financed entirely by ADM, without any public funding.
James Cherry, president and CEO of ADM, said, “The project is part of a masterplan to create a facility that is both functional and vibrant, as well as emblematic of Montréal. It has been completed showing imagination and taking into account our limited financial resources.
“Although representing a small percentage of the budget, it is these little extras, in conjunction with the open-plan, transparent architectural design, that make all the difference.”
The project included the development of an interior open-plan area designed to create a unique atmosphere through the integration of artistic and cultural elements, including a lighted ceiling installation titled Nuée de verre (Veil of Glass) composed of different colored glass triangles illuminated by spotlights. There are also large murals created by local artists, showcases dedicated to Montréal’s main museums, and a children’s play space.
The new jetty has also been fitted with 1,000 chairs equipped with charging stations and USB ports, and contains an enhanced food restaurant offering with the addition of Auberge St-Gabriel, Burger Queue de Cheval, Le Grand Comptoir Wine Bar, the Avenue des Canadiens resto-bar, Montréal Bagel & Deli and the Montréal Cuisine de Rue food truck.