YUL Set To Open $50 Million Connections Centre

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Exterior view of the new YUL Connections Centre.


Interior view.

ADM Aéroports de Montréal is completing construction of a new centre dedicated to connections, which will start welcoming its first pax on 11DEC.

ADM, which fully funded the $50 million, cost, says the new infrastructure is essential for the development of YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport's air service and reaffirms its status as a hub for international air traffic.

In addition to increasing capacity, the new facility promises greater fluidity and comfort for passengers. ADM says the centre will help to boost the seat occupancy rate of aircraft, leading to the development of new and interesting air links for the benefit of the entire community.

YUL has been experiencing a sustained rate of passenger growth for several years now. Nearly one million connecting passengers are expected to use the new centre as a gateway to China, Turkey, the Middle East, Japan or North Africa.

"We are extremely pleased to announce the commissioning of our new centre, which is fully dedicated to connecting passengers and represents an important driver for the development of YUL's air service," said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal.

"With this new state-of-the-art facility, YUL is increasingly becoming a strategic location for transiting passengers. Montréal-Trudeau is world-renowned for the efficiency of its winter operations which, combined with its geographical position, already give it a competitive advantage."

Construction and architectural highlights:

  • The centre will be operational effective 11DEC, 2019 (Phase 1) and fully completed by the end of summer 2020 (Phase 2); 
  • The centre will feature 36 Primary Inspection Kiosks (PIKs); 
  • The project was carried out in accordance with sustainable building standards; 
  • A large green wall connected to the ventilation system was installed to maintain a satisfactory level of humidity in air preheated by a solar wall located on the south façade of the building; 
  • The façade is a reinterpretation of the Canadian Shield landscape as seen from the sky. Local and Canadian-made materials, such as Atlantic Black granite flooring and birch wood panels, form part of this representation of the Canadian landscape.

Passenger highlights:

  • In 2019, 152 destinations are available leaving from YUL. Among these are 90 international destinations. 
  • The percentage of passengers connecting at YUL is 20%. In the 2019 summer season, this number increased to 23.2%; 
  • Phase 1 includes passengers from international and transborder destinations who are heading towards domestic or international destinations; 
  • Phase 2 will also include passengers from international destinations who are travelling on to transborder destinations; 
  • Nearly one million connecting passengers will use this new centre; 
  • The number of connecting passengers at YUL has increased by an average 9.2% since 2016.