Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
The Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport was formerly known as the Montreal-Dorval International Airport, and some people still call it Dorval. It is on Montreal Island 20 kilometres from downtown Montreal. It serves Montreal in Canada and northern Vermont and New York in the United States.
It is the third busiest airport in Canada and is one among eight Canadian airports that have preclearance with the United States border. This means that passengers flying to the U.S. can clear customs and immigration before boarding the aircraft in Canada.
History of Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport
The Saint-Hubert Airport was the first airport in Montreal and was built in 1927. In the 1940s, the Dorval Airport was opened because of the increased air traffic. The location was perfect with good climate and less fog than other areas. During World War II, many allied aircraft landed there on their way to England. In 1960, a new terminal was inaugurated that was one of the largest in the world. At that time, the Dorval Airport was renamed Montreal-Dorval International Airport and was the gateway to Canada for all air traffic from Europe.
When Montreal-Mirabel International Airport was opened in 1975, Dorval was reduced to only domestic flights and flights to the U.S. However, by 2004, Mirabel ceased passenger service because of the airport in Toronto as well as larger fuel tanks in some aircraft that did not require airlines to refuel before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. All international scheduled flights went back to Duval. Mirabel is now the cargo hub as well as MEDEVACs and general aviation including charter flights and private aircraft.
In September, 2001, Duval participated in Operation Yellow Ribbon and took seven diverted flights from the U.S. Later, it took 11 more. It was also used for special flights from Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. The airport was renamed in 2004 after the former Prime Minister who had supported the development of the Mirabel Airport.
Airport Facilities & Amenities
There are three concourses, A, B, and C for specific destinations. Domestic passengers use A, international passengers use B and all U.S. bound passengers use C.
The airport has six parking options including indoor, heated parking connected to the terminal, three floors of parking within walking distance of the terminal and valet parking, which is the option closest to the terminal. Other parking options have a free shuttle to the terminal throughout the day every day.
In the public area of the terminal are currency exchanges and luggage wrapping in the departures area. Lost and Found desks are in the arrivals area, and porter services are in the departure areas. The airport offers free Wifi throughout the terminal.
Express parking for disabled passengers is in the domestic turret and the international turret. There are rates for hours, days, and weeks. Long-term parking is in the ProxiParc area. In the ground floor of the parking garage, eight major car rental companies have counters. There are recharging facilities for electric vehicles in the ExpressParc near the terminal. One hour free parking is allowed if the driver remains in the vehicle in the EconoPark and InterParc areas.
The airport has luxury lounges with comfortable seating, business centres, refreshments, and a bar. Some are pay-per-use as well as membership and some are only for the particular airline. The Master Card Lounge is open to all passengers for a fee and to certain Master Card holders for free.
There are restaurants and cafes in the arrivals and departures areas for international and domestic passengers as well as the border regulated area for the U.S. There are also shops in all areas. Duty Free shops are only in the regulated international and border areas.