Montréal-Trudeau prepares to unveil new international jetty and Canada’s largest duty free store – 31/05/05

CANADA. Aéroports de Montréal will tomorrow unveil its new international jetty at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport during a media ceremony.

This major expansion of the airport includes what is claimed to be the largest duty free shop in Canada, run post-security by Aer Rianta International. It will also feature an extensive food & beverage and boutique line-up within the L’AéroShopping at Montréal area. The new facilities open on 8 June.

Travel insurance and currency exchange services are offered by ICE. Other well-known retailers and brands include Burger King, Relay, Starbucks, Sunglass Hut, Tie Rack, Swatch and Virgin music and books. A strong destination line-up also features in the near-30 outlet commercial portfolio.

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (or simply Montréal-Trudeau) now has direct flights to more than 100 destinations. These include international and transborder (US) flights as well as domestic services. It also hosts a strong chartered flight business.

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport was formerly Montréal Dorval. The new commercial facilities are part of the airport expansion programme launched in 2000. This is designed to double capacity and substantially improve the quality of service to users. The new international jetty can accommodate 10 wide-body aircraft at once.

On 5 May Aéroports de Montréal reported consolidated revenues of C$62.3 million for the first quarter of 2005, an increase of C$3.5 million or +6.0% year-on-year. All categories of revenues, except for interest revenues, contributed to this increase, which was driven mainly by higher passenger traffic.

Passenger traffic at Montréal-Trudeau increased by +7.6% in the first quarter over the same period of 2004. Traffic was up +6.0% for the domestic sector, while traffic for the transborder and international sectors rose by +8.7% and +8.6% respectively. Total passenger traffic for the period climbed to 2,675,515.

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