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MontréalPierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal
WMO: 71627
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada
Operator Aéroports de Montréal
Serves Greater Montreal
Location Dorval and Montreal,
Hub for
Focus city for
Time zone EST (UTC5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC4)
Elevation AMSL 118 ft / 36 m
Coordinates 45°2814N 073°4427W / 45.47056°N 73.74083°W / 45.47056; -73.74083Coordinates: 45°2814N 073°4427W / 45.47056°N 73.74083°W / 45.47056; -73.74083
Website admtl.com
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06L/24R 11,000 3,353 Asphalt/Concrete
06R/24L 9,600 2,926 Asphalt/Concrete
10/28 7,000 2,134 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Number of Passengers 15,517,382
Aircraft movements 232,648
Passenger change 1415 4.6%

MontréalPierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (IATA: YULICAO: CYUL) (French: Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal) or MontréalTrudeau, formerly known as MontréalDorval International Airport (Aéroport international Montréal-Dorval), is a Canadian airport located on the Island of Montreal, 20 km (12 mi) from Downtown Montreal. The airport terminals are located entirely in the suburb of Dorval, while the Air Canada headquarters complex and one runway is located in the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent.[6][7] It is an international airport serving Greater Montreal and adjacent regions in Ontario, Vermont, and New York.[8] The airport is named in honour of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister of Canada.

The airport is one of two managed and operated by Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), a not-for-profit corporation without share capital; the other airport is MontréalMirabel northwest of Montreal, which was initially intended to replace the one in Dorval but now deals almost solely with cargo.[9] MontréalTrudeau is owned by Transport Canada which has a 60-year lease with Aéroports de Montréal, as per Canada's National Airport Policy of 1994.[2]

Trudeau is the busiest airport in the province of Quebec, the third-busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic with 15.5 million[10] passengers in 2015 and fourth by aircraft movements, with 219,326 movements in 2014.[5] It is one of eight Canadian airports with United States border preclearance and is one of the main gateways into Canada with 9.64 million or 62% of its passengers being on non-domestic flights, the highest proportion amongst Canada's airports during 2015.[11] It is one of four Air Canada hubs and, in that capacity, serves mainly Quebec, the Atlantic Provinces and Eastern Ontario. The air route between Montreal and Paris (CDG and ORY airports) is the busiest international route from Canada.[12] On an average day, nearly 42,000 passengers transit through Montréal-Trudeau.

Airlines servicing Trudeau offer non-stop flights to five continents, namely Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.[13][14][15] It is one of only two airports in Canada with direct flights to five continents or more, the other being Toronto Pearson International Airport.[16] Trudeau airport is the headquarters of and a large hub for Air Canada, the country's largest airline. It is also an operating base for Air Inuit, Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines. It also plays a role in general aviation as home to the headquarters of Innotech-Execair, Starlink, ACASS and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facilities of Air Transat and Air Inuit. Transport Canada operates a Civil Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility on site, with a fleet of Government owned and operated civil aircraft. Bombardier Aerospace has an assembly facility on site where they build regional jets and Challenger business jets.


Early years[edit]

Trudeau was first established in the 1940s. It was becoming clear that Montreal's original airport, Saint-Hubert Airport, in operation since 1927, was no longer adequate for the city's needs. The Minister of Transport purchased land at the Dorval Race Track, which was considered the best location for the new airport because of its good weather conditions and few foggy days. Trudeau opened on September 1, 1941, as Dorval Airport with three paved runways. By 1946 the airport was hosting more than a quarter of a million passengers a year, growing to more than a million in the mid-1950s. During World War II thousands of Allied aircraft passed through Dorval on the way to England. At one time Dorval was the major transatlantic hub for commercial aviation and the busiest airport in Canada with flights from airlines such as British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).

Until 1959, it also doubled as RCAF Station Lachine.

Airport diagram for 1954


In November 1960 the airport was renamed MontrealDorval International Airport/Aéroport international Dorval de Montréal. On December 15 of that year the Minister of Transport inaugurated a new $30 million terminal. The structure was built by Illsley, Templeton, Archibald, and Larose.[17] At its height, it was the largest terminal in Canada and one of the biggest in the world. It was the gateway to Canada for all European air traffic and served more than two million passengers per year. Eight years later, MontréalDorval International Airport underwent a major expansion program. Despite this, the Government of Canada predicted that Dorval would be completely saturated by 1985 and also projected that 20 million passengers would be passing through Montreal's airports annually. They decided to construct a new airport in Sainte-Scholastique (MontréalMirabel International Airport). As the first phase in the transition that would eventually have seen Dorval closed, all international flights (except those to and from the United States) were to be transferred to the new airport in 1975.

The opening and closing of Mirabel Airport[edit]

On November 29, 1975, Mirabel International Airport went into service. With an operations zone of 70 km2 (27 sq mi) and a buffer zone of 290 km2 (110 sq mi), it became the largest airport in the world. Many connecting flights to Canadian centres were transferred to Mirabel and 23 international airlines moved their overseas activities there. As a consequence, the mission of MontréalDorval was redefined to service domestic flights and transborder flights to the United States. Mirabel's traffic decreased due to the advent in the 1980s of longer-range jets that did not need to refuel in Montreal before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Montreal's economic decline in the late 1970s and 1980s had a significant effect on the airport's traffic, as international flights bypassed Montreal altogether in favour of Toronto Pearson International Airport. The Trudeau government had developed Mirabel Airport to handle an expected growth in international traffic and eventually, to replace Dorval. The extra traffic never materialized and due to its closer proximity to downtown Montreal all scheduled air services have now returned to Dorval/Trudeau, while Mirabel ceased passenger operations in 2004. In May 2007 it was reported that the International Centre of Advanced Racing had signed a 25-year lease with Aéroports de Montréal to use part of the airport as a racetrack, the Circuit ICAR.[18][19] At the same time the fixed-base operator Hélibellule opened a facility there which caters to private planes. The company also provides a helicopter passenger service from Mirabel to destinations in Canada and the United States.[9][20] They operate two different types of helicopters; the Bell 222 and the Aérospatiale Gazelle.[9]

Back to MontréalDorval, renaissance[edit]

With all international scheduled flights returning to MontréalDorval in 1997, as well as charter flights in 2004, MontréalDorval International Airport finally became a true hub as passengers would no longer have to travel to different airports depending on the destination of their flight. The consolidation of flights to MontréalDorval resulted in an increase in passenger traffic, not only due to the transfer of flights but because it became easier to connect through Montreal.

Starting as Dorval Airport, then MontréalDorval International Airport, the airport was renamed MontréalPierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in honour of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau on January 1, 2004, by the federal government. The renaming had been announced in September 2003 by then Minister of Transport David Collenette. This move provoked some opposition, especially Quebec sovereigntists opposed to some of the policies of the former prime minister, as well as opposition from many aviation historians and enthusiasts who recalled Trudeau's role as an opponent of the airport, planning to close it in favour of the much larger and modern Mirabel Airport of which he was the greatest instigator of his construction.[21] Many Montrealers still refer to Trudeau airport as "Dorval," or "Dorval Airport."[22]

Operation Yellow Ribbon[edit]

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Dorval Airport participated in Operation Yellow Ribbon, taking in seven diverted flights that had been bound for the closed airspace over the United States, even though pilots were asked to avoid the airport as a security measure. Mirabel International Airport also took in 10 other diverted flights totaling 17 diverted flight in the Montreal area bound for American cities.[23]

75th Anniversary[edit]

In 2016, Montréal-Trudeau celebrates its 75th anniversary. Under the theme Service, Destinations, Passsion since 1941, various activities and contests have been planned throughout the year. In partnership with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the airport is hosting the Travelling Through Time exhibition in the public hall of the US Departures area.[24] Exhibits showcasing important milestones in the airport's history have been incorporated throughout the terminal.


Terminal expansion (20002007)[edit]

MontréalTrudeau underwent a major expansion and modernization designed to increase the terminal's capacity and substantially enhance the level of passenger service. In February 2000, with a budget of CAD716 million, ADM announced plans for an extensive expansion plan that would bring MontréalTrudeau up to standard with other North American airports its size. The airport terminal had for the most part remained the same, with the exception of minor renovations, since its opening in the 1960s. With increased passenger volume resulting from the transfer of international scheduled passengers from Mirabel Airport in 1997, as well as Air Canada's intentions to make MontréalTrudeau its Eastern Canada hub, there was a strong need to greatly expand the terminal, whose capacity of roughly 7 million passengers per year had been exceeded.

The expansion program included the construction of several brand-new facilities, including a jetty for flights to the United States (US Preclearance Terminal), another for other international destinations (International Terminal) and a huge international arrivals complex. An 18-gate Transborder Concourse opened in 2003,[25] an 11-gate International Concourse opened in 2004,[25] new customs hall and baggage claim area for non-domestic flights and an expanded parking garage opened in 2005.[25] Additionally, sections of the domestic area were renovated and expanded in 2007, accompanied with additional retail space.[25] The International part of the Aeroquay satellite was demolished in 2008, leaving the domestic part for regional carriers.[25] The completion of the CAD716 million expansion gives MontréalTrudeau the ability to serve 15 million passengers a year.[26] This ironically accomplished one of the goals that was to be met with the construction of Mirabel. (In the 1970s, the federal government projected that 20 million passengers would be passing through Montreal's airports annually by 1985, with 17 million through Mirabel). Aéroports de Montréal financed all of these improvements itself, with no government grants. By the end of 2007, CAD1.5 billion had been spent to upgrade MontréalTrudeau.[27]

The last round of construction in this phase was to allow the airport to accommodate the Airbus A380. Gate 55, part of the international jetty, has been conceived for handling the A380. It is equipped with two air bridges to load and unload passengers on both decks of the A380 simultaneously. With Phase II of the international jetty expansion now completed, the airport have two additional A380 gates, although there is currently no airlines operating this type of aircraft at the airport.

Air France became the first operator of the type in Montreal on April 22, 2011, when they officially launched their daily A380 service from Paris.[28] A380 service during summer 2012 was reduced to 4 weekly flights and was canceled in October 2012, due to low demand for Business Class and high competition by 3 different airlines on the same route.[29]

New hotel, transborder terminal expansion and modernization (20062009)[edit]

On June 15, 2006, construction began on a new four-star Marriott hotel at the airport, above the transborder terminal. Originally scheduled to be completed by September 2008, the 279 first-class room hotel opened its doors on August 19, 2009. Construction was slowed down because of the recession and a collapse in the Transborder market. It contains an underground train station that will eventually connect the airport with downtown Montreal as well as ADM's corporate headquarters.

On the same day, MontrealTrudeau airport opened the doors to the refurbished, expanded, modernized and user-friendly transborder terminal, meeting the industry's highest standards. This increased the total area of the terminal from 9,320 to 18,122 m2 (100,320 to 195,060 sq ft). Furthermore, the terminal is equipped with a new baggage sorting room which allows U.S. customs officers to retrieve luggage for secondary inspection.[27]

International terminal expansion (20112016)[edit]

In July 2011, James Cherry, the CEO of Aéroports de Montréal, announced the construction of a two-phase expansion of MontréalTrudeaus international terminal. The total cost of the project, now completed, has been around $620 million.[30][31]

Phase I of this project, which was completed on December 20, 2012, opened a new boarding lounge which can accommodate as many as 420 passengers, along with a new gate, numbered 62. It was officially completed at a cost of $270 million. The new gate can accommodate three Passenger Transfer Vehicles, allowing passengers to be transferred from the terminal to an aircraft parked on a remote stand nearby. When phase II of the expansion began in 2014, this gate was closed to passengers. It was reopened with the inauguration of the extension two years later.

Phase II of the project, which was officially inaugurated on May 10, 2016 and put into service two days after, added six new contact gates for wide-body jets, including two for the Airbus A380, increasing the total number of contact gates from 10 to 16. This expansion holds gates 63 through 68. The area has 20,000 m2 of open spaces, restaurants, shops and a childrens playground area. It took two years to complete and opened four months ahead of the original schedule for a total cost of $350 million. It was conceived by Humà Design and integrates three massive art installations and four vitrines showcasing Montreal's museums. The extension of the international jetty was built to alleviate the high level of congestion on the tarmac and in the terminal.[32]

Apart from these expansions, ADM inaugurated in April 2016, a commercial area between gate 52 and 53. This area is called Haltes gourmandes (English: gourmet stops) referring to the large number of restaurants located there. The new restaurants are all owned by SSP Canada Food Service Inc. Before the end of the summer 2016, SSP Canada will operate 10 locations in the terminal, managing a total of 4000 m2 of terminal area. SSP plans to invest over $200 million before the end of 2016 in its airport locations.[33]

Future projects[edit]

In January 2016, ADM published a call for tenders on their website regarding the restoration and upgrade of the curtain wall of the main façade on the terminal.[34] This part of the airport is one of the oldest remaining part of the original terminal.

Also, according to the 2013-2033 Master plan from ADM, they have planned those interventions in the future:

  • Increasing of the capacity of the passenger curbside areas;
  • Development of a network of taxiways in the centre-west portion of the airport to support the development of a new air cargo handling area and an industrial development zone;
  • Reconfiguration of the international arrivals hall and of the domestic and international departures luggages room;
  • Extension of the transborder jetty and addition of a remote parking[35]



There are currently three runways in operation at Montréal-Trudeau, two parallel runways aligned both in a North-South direction and one single runway in an East-West direction.

Number Length Width ILS Alignment
06L/24R 3,353 metres (11,001 ft) 62.9 metres (206 ft) Cat. II (6L), Cat. I (24R) North-South
06R/24L 2,926 metres (9,600 ft) 61.0 metres (200 ft) Cat. I (both directions) North-South
10/28 2,134 metres (7,001 ft) 63.9 metres (210 ft) Cat. I (10), Area Navigation (28) East-West

Montréal-Trudeau airport consists of one two-storied terminal, divided into four different zones: the public area (departures and arrivals level), the domestic jetty, the international jetty and the transborder jetty. There are two distinct areas in the public part of the airport (departure level); one is dedicated for the check-in of flights within or outside Canada (except U.S.) and the other one is for flights departing for the U.S. Both public areas are equipped with self-service check-in kiosks, a prayer area, shops and cafés. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the airport, luggage trolleys, ATMs and nursing rooms. When passengers arrive at Montréal-Trudeau from an international destination, they are welcomed into a huge and bright arrival complex, before passing through primary customs inspection, then go down one level to the baggage claim area and finally the international arrivals public area. The Aérogalerie program places artworks throughout the airport to showcase the city's artistic and cultural history. Works throughout the airport include showcases, illuminated columns, temporary exhibitions in the international arrival complex and permanent collection from various artists from the city.

The domestic jetty, which is accessible via security checkpoint A, is divided into two parts: a satellite jetty connected by an underground tunnel to the main terminal and a wing attached to the main terminal building. The main jetty holds 16 gates: 1 through 12, 15, and 47 through 49. The satellite jetty holds another 10 gates: 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 32 and 34. There are only two boarding bridges located inside the satellite (17 and 21) as the other gates are mostly used for prop aircraft like the Bombardier Dash 8 family. These parts of the airport are the only departure areas remaining that were part of the original terminal. Although they update them to fit the other two jetties, the space is limited and the boarding lounges are generally smaller than the rest of the airport. Despite that, a new commercial area was opened for passengers near gate 1 on April 2016.

The International jetty, also accessible via the security checkpoint A, is dedicated to flights with destinations outside Canada and United States. This jetty holds 18 gates: 50 through 53 and 55 through 68. Gates 53 and 62 are used exclusively for Passenger Transfer Vehicles. In this area, travellers can shop, eat and relax with a wide varieties of boutiques, restaurants, cafés and one of the biggest airport duty-free shops in Canada. There is also a Balnea SPA branch[36] which offers travelers various spa facilities. At the far end of the jetty, there is a wide open space with a lot of natural lights through floor to ceilings windows and a big skylight in the rooftop. The masterpiece of the jetty is a work of art, called Veil of Glass, composed of different coloured glass triangles illuminated by spotlights, created by local artist ATOMIC3. Several murals and other works of art are also located in this jetty, including four from various Montréal museums.[37]

In the international jetty, there is a large area where passengers can relax before their flight. Travelers are able to download to their smartphone or e-reader the first chapter of any books available on the platform Lire vous transporte. After that, they can choose to buy the entire book through the Wi-Fi network in the airport. A rest area has been constructed near gate 57 in order to read these books in a calm environment, with cushions and dimmed lights.[38] There are over 1000 chairs with charging stations and USB ports throughout the jetty as well as three water bottle-filling stations.

Finally, there's a jetty dedicated to all U.S. bound flights. This one holds 18 gates: 72 through 89. For access to gate 87, 88 or 89, passengers must go down one level via an escalator. Gate 56, 58 and 60 (part of the international jetty) can also be used for a U.S. bound flight. They can be isolated from the other gates by moving glass walls known as swing gates. Unlike other jetties, the transborder jetty requires passengers to go through security checkpoint C and then the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and lastly through the duty-free shop before accessing their gates. The gate area contains the same services as the other parts of the airport such as shops, restaurants, rest zones and cafés. If needed, some gates can be isolated in order to offer additional security checkpoints if an aircraft flies to a potential risk zone like WashingtonNational.

Airport lounges[edit]

Two major airline alliances (Star Alliance and SkyTeam) have a large presence at Montréal-Trudeau, and therefore all maintain frequent flyer lounges within the airport. There is also a "Pay-In" lounge open for use by all passengers, regardless of airline, frequent flyer status, or class of travel.


Annual traffic[edit]
Annual passenger traffic at MontréalTrudeau International Airport
2006 through 2016
Year Passenger volume  % change Domestic  % change InternationalA  % change TransborderA  % change
2016 (YTD, Jan-June)[43] 7,867,912
4.9% 2,964,509
6.9% 3,004,837
3.5% 1,898,566
2015[43] 15,517,382
4.6% 5,874,944
3.0% 5,933,290
6.7% 3,709,148
2014[43] 14,840,067 5.3% 5,705,140 5.5% 5,561,286 4.9% 3,573,641 5.6%
2013[44] 14,095,272 2.1% 5,408,528 1.4% 5,302,692 1.1% 3,384,052 4.7%
2012[45] 13,809,820 1.0% 5,333,749 2.1% 5,244,656 0.1% 3,231,415 0.9%
2011[11] 13,668,829 5.4% 5,225,786 5.4% 5,239,928 7.7% 3,203,115 1.7%
2010[11] 12,971,339 6.1% 4,957,003 3.6% 4,864,921 6.4% 3,149,415 10.0%
2009[46] 12,224,534 4.6% 4,793,177 9.2% 4,567,686 2.3% 2,863,671 6.7%
2008[46] 12,813,320 0.0% 5,278,945 2.1% 4,465,589 5.2% 3,068,786 3.5%
2007[46] 12,817,969 12.0% 5,393,576 15.9% 4,245,642 14.5% 3,178,751 3.2%
2006[47] 11,441,202 5.0% 4,653,599 4.6% 3,708,264 7.1% 3,079,339 3.2%

^A : At MontréalTrudeau and at other airports in Canada with United States border preclearance, a distinction is made between "transborder" and "international" flights for operational and statistical purposes. A "transborder" flight is a flight between Canada and a destination in the United States, while an "international" flight is a flight between Canada and a destination that is not within the United States or Canada. A "domestic" flight is a flight within Canada only.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Concourse(s)
Aeroméxico Mexico City A
Air Algérie Algiers A
Air Canada Brussels, Calgary, Edmonton, Frankfurt, Fort-de-France, Geneva, Halifax, LondonHeathrow, Los Angeles, Lyon, New YorkLaGuardia, Ottawa, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Pointe-à-Pitre, Providenciales, St. John's, San Francisco, San Salvador (Bahamas), ShanghaiPudong (begins February 16, 2017),[48] TorontoPearson, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Antigua, Barbados, ChicagoO'Hare, Denver (resumes November 24, 2016),[49] Fort Myers (ends December 14, 2016), Montego Bay, RomeFiumicino, San Juan (resumes December 17, 2016),[50] St. Lucia-Hewanorra, West Palm Beach (resumes December 23, 2016)
A, C
Air Canada Express Bagotville, Baie-Comeau, Bathurst, Boston, Charlottetown, ChicagoO'Hare, Fredericton, Gaspé, Halifax, Hamilton (ON), Hartford, HoustonIntercontinental, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Moncton, Mont-Joli, Newark, New YorkLaGuardia, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Quebec City, Rouyn-Noranda, Saint John (NB), St. John's, Sept-Îles, TorontoBilly Bishop, TorontoPearson, Val-d'Or, Wabush, WashingtonNational, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Denver
A, C
Air Canada Rouge Cancún, Casablanca, Cayo Coco, Cozumel, Fort Lauderdale, Holguin, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Port-au-Prince, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samaná, Santa Clara, Tampa, Varadero
Seasonal: Algiers (begins June 26, 2017),[51] Athens, Barcelona, Curaçao, Fort Myers (begins December 15, 2016), Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, La Romana, Liberia (CR) (begins December 20, 2016), Marseille (begins June 9, 2017),[51] Mexico City, Nassau, Nice, Puerto Vallarta (begins November 18, 2016),[52] San José (CR) (begins December 22, 2016),[52] VeniceMarco Polo
A, C
Air China BeijingCapital, Havana A
Air Creebec Chibougamau, Chisasibi, Waskaganish, Val-d'Or A
Air France ParisCharles de Gaulle A
Air Inuit Kuujjuaq, Kuujjuarapik, La Grande, Puvirnituq, Quebec City, Radisson, Salluit, Sept-Îles A
Air Saint-Pierre Saint-Pierre A
Air Transat Cancún, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo del Sur, Fort Lauderdale, Holguin, La Romana, Montego Bay, Orlando, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Port-au-Prince, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Río Hato, Roatán, Samaná, Santa Clara, St. Maarten, TorontoPearson, Varadero
Seasonal: Acapulco, Athens, Bagotville (begins December 22, 2016), Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Bordeaux, Brussels, Camaguey, Cartagena, Cozumel, Dublin, Fort-de-France, Glasgow, Havana, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Liberia (CR), Lisbon, LondonGatwick, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, Managua, Manchester, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Pointe-à-Pitre, Porto, Prague, Quebec City, RomeFiumicino, Rouyn-Noranda (begins December 19, 2016), San Andres Islands, San José (CR), San Salvador (begins December 22, 2016),[53] St. Lucia-Hewanorra, Toulouse, VeniceMarco Polo
A, C
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami C
American Eagle Charlotte, ChicagoO'Hare, New YorkJFK, New YorkLaGuardia, Philadelphia C
Azores Airlines Seasonal: Lisbon, Ponta Delgada A
British Airways LondonHeathrow A
Copa Airlines Panama City A
Corsair International Seasonal: ParisOrly A
Cubana Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo del Sur, Cienfuegos, Havana, Holguin, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba, Varadero A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New YorkJFK, New YorkLaGuardia C
First Air Iqaluit, Kuujjuaq A
Icelandair Seasonal: ReykjavíkKeflavík A
KLM Amsterdam A
Lufthansa Munich A
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Seasonal: Frankfurt A
operated by Propair
Charter: Gatineau, Kitchener/Waterloo, Peterborough TBA
Porter Airlines Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, TorontoBilly Bishop, Windsor A
Provincial Airlines Sept-Îles, Wabush A
Qatar Airways Doha A
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca A
Royal Jordanian AmmanQueen Alia A
Sunwing Airlines Camaguey, Cancún, Cayo Coco, Freeport, Holguin, Montego Bay, Punta Cana, Santa Clara, St. Maarten, Varadero
Seasonal: Aruba, Cayo Largo del Sur, Cozumel (begins December 16, 2016),[54] Fort Lauderdale, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, La Ceiba, Liberia (CR), Manzanillo, Panama City, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Río Hato, San José del Cabo, Santiago de Cuba, St. Lucia-Hewanorra
A, C
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich A
Tunisair Tunis A
Turkish Airlines IstanbulAtatürk A
United Express ChicagoO'Hare, Newark, WashingtonDulles C
WestJet Calgary, Cancún, Fort Lauderdale, Punta Cana, TorontoPearson, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Edmonton, Montego Bay, Orlando, Providenciales, St. Maarten
A, C
WestJet Encore TorontoPearson A
WOW air ReykjavíkKeflavík A
Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight Buffalo
Glencore Kattiniq/Donaldson
SkyLink Express Hamilton (ON)

Ground transportation[edit]

Public transport[edit]

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) currently has four regular bus routes serving Trudeau International Airport, including route "204 Cardinal" seven days a week, route "209 Sources" Monday to Friday, and route "356 Lachine /MontrealTrudeau /Des Sources" and 378 Sauvé /Côte-Vertu /MontrealTrudeau night buses. Three of the four routes can take passengers to and from the Dorval bus terminus and train station, within walking distance of the Via's Dorval station.[55] A shuttle bus runs between the airport and Via's Dorval station.

On March 29, 2010, the STM introduced the 747 Montreal-Trudeau/Downtown route. Operating 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, this route connects the airport to eight downtown stops, including transfer stops at Lionel-Groulx metro station, Central Station and Berri-UQAM metro station. The service runs every 1012 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m, every 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., and every hour from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.[56] Regular bus fare is not accepted; the minimum tariff is a day pass ($10) but STM and AMT pass-type fares with a longer duration (3-day, weekly, monthly and Unlimited Weekend) are also accepted.

Prior to the introduction of this public transportation service,[57] Groupe La Québécoise operated a coach service known as L'Aerobus between the airport and Central Station, connecting with several hotels downtown.[58]

Société de transport de Montréal
Route Destination Service Times Map Schedule
204 Cardinal Westbound to Terminus Fairview Pointe-Claire with stops at Pine Beach and Valois Train Stations, Eastbound to Dorval
Vaudreuil-Hudson Commuter Rail Line
All-day Map Schedule
209 Des Sources Northbound to Dorval Train Station Vaudreuil-Hudson Commuter Rail Line
and Roxboro-Pierrefonds Train Station Deux-Montagnes Commuter Rail Line
Monday to Friday
Map Schedule
747 Montreal-Trudeau/Downtown Eastbound to the Montreal Bus Station in Downtown Montreal with stops at Lionel-Groulx Station, Central Train Station and Berri-UQAM Metro Station

Metro-Green Line Metro-Orange Line
Metro-Yellow Line

24 Hours

Daily-Year Round

Map Schedule
356 Lachine /Montreal-Trudeau /Des Sources Westbound to Sunnybrooke Train Station with a stop at Dorval Train station and Eastbound to Downtown Montreal with stops at Atwater Metro Station and Frontenac Metro Station.

Vaudreuil-Hudson Commuter Rail Line
Metro-Green Line


Approximately 1:00 a.m.5:00 a.m. daily

Map Schedule
378 Sauvé /Côte-Vertu /Montreal-Trudeau Eastbound to Saint-Laurent with stops at Côte-Vertu Metro Station, Montpellier Train Station and Sauvé Metro Station.

Deux-Montagnes Commuter Rail Line
Metro-Orange Line


Approximately 1:00 a.m.5:00 a.m. daily

Map Schedule

The airport is accessible from Highway 20 or from Highway 520, a spur off Highway 40 that leads directly towards the airport. Both highways lead to the Dorval interchange, which drivers must take the exit for the airport. Côte-Vertu road that runs parallel to runways 24L/R provides access to the Air Canada Base and hangars, Air Transat hangars, Air Inuit hangars and Bombardier Aerospace assembly facility.

When drivers pick up or drop off guests at Trudeau, they are permitted to stop momentarily outside the Arrivals and Departure areas at both the Canada and International departures as well as the Transborder Jetty.

Aéroports de Montréal, the City of Montreal, Transports Québec and Transport Canada are planning to improve the Dorval interchange and build direct road links between the airport and highways 20 and 520. Once the certificate of authorization was obtained, work began in June 2009 with a potential end date of 2017. The project will entail redesigning the roads network within the airport site.[59]

Future connections[edit]

On April 22, 2016, the CEO of the Caisse de Dépot et de Placement du Québec and Montreal mayor Denis Coderre announced a massive transit development called Réseau électrique métropolitain, slated to open in late 2020. This planned rapid transit network will connect the Trudeau Airport to the Central station in Downtown Montréal, the North Shore, the South Shore and the West Island. It will run from 5am to 1am, 7 days a week. Construction is expected to start in May 2017.

Incidents and accidents[edit]


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