Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

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Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal
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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 (UTC–5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC–4)
Elevation AMSL 118 ft / 36 m
Coordinates 45°28′14″N 073°44′27″W / 45.47056°N 73.74083°W / 45.47056; -73.74083Coordinates: 45°28′14″N 073°44′27″W / 45.47056°N 73.74083°W / 45.47056; -73.74083
CYUL is located in Quebec
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 (2016)
Number of Passengers 16,589,067
Aircraft movements 225,203
Passenger change 15–16 Increase6.9%

Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (IATA: YULICAO: CYUL) (French: Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal) or Montréal–Trudeau, formerly known as Montréal–Dorval 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.[5][6] It is an international airport serving Greater Montreal and adjacent regions in Quebec, eastern Ontario, Vermont, and northern New York.[7] The airport is named in honour of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister of Canada and a native of Montreal.

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 Montréal–Mirabel northwest of Montreal, which was initially intended to replace the one in Dorval but now deals almost solely with cargo.[8] Montréal–Trudeau 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 16.6 million[4] passengers in 2016 and fourth by aircraft movements, with 219,326 movements in 2014.[9] It is one of eight Canadian airports with United States border preclearance and is one of the main gateways into Canada with 10.1 million or 63% of its passengers being on non-domestic flights, the highest proportion amongst Canada's airports during 2016.[10] 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.[11] On an average day, nearly 45,000 passengers transit through Montréal-Trudeau.

Airlines servicing Trudeau offer non-stop flights to five continents, namely Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.[12][13][14] It is one of only two airports in Canada with direct flights to five continents or more, the other being Toronto Pearson International Airport.[15] 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]

Montreal-Trudeau overview as of 2010.

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


Air Canada airplanes parked at the old aeroquay in 1982.

In November 1960 the airport was renamed Montreal–Dorval 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.[16] 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, Montréal–Dorval 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 (Montréal–Mirabel 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 Montréal–Dorval 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.[17][18] 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.[8][19] They operate two different types of helicopters; the Bell 222 and the Aérospatiale Gazelle.[8]

Back to Montréal–Dorval, renaissance[edit]

An Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER performing a fly past, with Air Canada's corporate headquarters in background.

With all international scheduled flights returning to Montréal–Dorval in 1997, as well as charter flights in 2004, Montréal–Dorval 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 Montréal–Dorval 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 Montréal–Dorval International Airport, the airport was renamed Montréal–Pierre 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 its construction.[20] Many Montrealers still refer to Trudeau airport as "Dorval," or "Dorval Airport."[21]

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.[22]

75th Anniversary[edit]

In 2016, Montréal-Trudeau celebrated its 75th anniversary. Under the theme Service, Destinations, Passion since 1941, various activities and contests were planned throughout the year. In partnership with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the airport hosted the Travelling Through Time exhibition in the public hall of the US Departures area.[23] Exhibits showcasing important milestones in the airport's history have been incorporated throughout the terminal.


Terminal expansion (2000–2007)[edit]

The international arrivals hall and baggage claim opened in 2005.
International jetty under construction in 2004.

Montréal–Trudeau 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 Montréal–Trudeau 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 Montréal–Trudeau 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,[24] an 11-gate International Concourse opened in 2004,[24] new customs hall and baggage claim area for non-domestic flights and an expanded parking garage opened in 2005.[24] Additionally, sections of the domestic area were renovated and expanded in 2007, accompanied with additional retail space.[24] The International part of the Aeroquay satellite was demolished in 2008, leaving the domestic part for regional carriers.[24] The completion of the CAD716 million expansion gives Montréal–Trudeau the ability to serve 15 million passengers a year.[25] 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 Montréal–Trudeau.[26]

Air France A380 at gate 55.

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 are 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.[27] A380 service was reduced to 4 weekly flights during summer 2012 and withdrawn in October 2012, due to low demand for business class and a high level of competition, with Air Canada, Air Transat and Corsair also operating Montreal–Paris flights.

New hotel, transborder terminal expansion and modernization (2006–2009)[edit]

The new Marriott hotel and U.S. Departures wing.

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, Montreal–Trudeau 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.[26]

International terminal expansion (2011–2016)[edit]

Airport overview with the expansion of the international jetty under construction (2014)

In July 2011, James Cherry, the CEO of Aéroports de Montréal, announced the construction of a two-phase expansion of Montréal–Trudeau’s international terminal. The total cost of the project, now completed, has been around $620 million.[28][29]

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 children’s 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.[30]

The newly built expansion of the international jetty

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. They operate 12 locations in the terminal, managing a total of 4000 m2 of terminal area. SSP has invested over $200 million throughout 2016 in its airport locations.[31]

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.[32] 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 luggage’s room;
  • Extension of the transborder jetty and addition of a remote parking[33]



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


One of the biggest duty-free shop in Canada, The Loop, seen here near gate 51.

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 far end of the domestic jetty on a quiet afternoon.

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 near The Loop.

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[34] 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.[35]

The international jetty near gate 63.

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.[36] There are over 1000 chairs with charging stations and USB ports throughout the jetty as well as three water bottle-filling stations.

The interior of the U.S. Departures wing.

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 Washington–National.

Airport lounges[edit]

Several parked planes at dusk at Montréal-Trudeau.

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

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge (Star Alliance)[37]
    • Domestic (Gate 2)
    • International (Gate 52)
    • USA Transborder (Between gates 73 and 74)
  • Air France/KLM Lounge (SkyTeam) (Near gate 57)[38]
  • National Bank World Elite MasterCard Lounge – VIP Lounge (Near gate 53)[39]
    • National Bank World and World Elite MasterCard cardholders can enjoy free access to the VIP Lounge with a guest by presenting their credit card.
    • WestJet passengers with a valid boarding pass may use this lounge for a fee.[40]
  • Desjardins Odyssey Lounge (Near gate 63)[41]
    • Odyssey Visa Infinite Privilege cardholders get 12 free passes to the lounge per year.[42]
    • Odyssey World Elite MasterCard cardholders get 8 free passes to the lounge per year.[42]
    • Visa Odyssey Gold cardholders will get unlimited free access to the lounge until the end of June 2017. After that, they will pay 50% of the access fee.[42]


Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at Montréal–Trudeau International Airport
2006 through 2017
Year Passenger volume  % change Domestic  % change InternationalA  % change TransborderA  % change
2017 (Jan-Feb) [4] 2,591,128 Increase 4.2% 906,623 Increase 5.0% 1,085,360 Increase 5.6% 599,145 Increase 0.6%
2016 [4] 16,589,067 Increase 6.9% 6,431,691 Increase 9.5% 6,288,860 Increase 6.0% 3,868,516 Increase 4.3%
2015[4] 15,517,382 Increase 4.6% 5,874,944 Increase 3.0% 5,933,290 Increase 6.7% 3,709,148 Increase 3.8%
2014[4] 14,840,067 Increase 5.3% 5,705,140 Increase 5.5% 5,561,286 Increase 4.9% 3,573,641 Increase 5.6%
2013[43] 14,095,272 Increase 2.1% 5,408,528 Increase 1.4% 5,302,692 Increase 1.1% 3,384,052 Increase 4.7%
2012[44] 13,809,820 Increase 1.0% 5,333,749 Increase 2.1% 5,244,656 Increase 0.1% 3,231,415 Increase 0.9%
2011[10] 13,668,829 Increase 5.4% 5,225,786 Increase 5.4% 5,239,928 Increase 7.7% 3,203,115 Increase 1.7%
2010[10] 12,971,339 Increase 6.1% 4,957,003 Increase 3.6% 4,864,921 Increase 6.4% 3,149,415 Increase 10.0%
2009[45] 12,224,534 Decrease 4.6% 4,793,177 Decrease 9.2% 4,567,686 Increase 2.3% 2,863,671 Decrease 6.7%
2008[45] 12,813,320 Steady 0.0% 5,278,945 Decrease 2.1% 4,465,589 Increase 5.2% 3,068,786 Decrease 3.5%
2007[45] 12,817,969 Increase 12.0% 5,393,576 Increase 15.9% 4,245,642 Increase 14.5% 3,178,751 Increase 3.2%
2006[46] 11,441,202 Increase 5.0% 4,653,599 Increase 4.6% 3,708,264 Increase 7.1% 3,079,339 Increase 3.2%

^A : At Montréal–Trudeau 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]


Air Algérie Airbus A330-200 landing at Montréal-Trudeau from Algiers.
Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER landing at Montréal-Trudeau from Frankfurt.
Air China Boeing 777-300ER at gate 56 in Montreal Airport just arrived from Beijing–Capital.
Air France Boeing 777-300ER landing at Montreal-Trudeau from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
An American Airlines Boeing 737-800 taking off from Montréal–Trudeau.
Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 landing at Montréal Airport from Munich.
Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A330-200 landing at Montréal Airport from Zürich.
Royal Air Maroc Boeing 767-300 landing at Montreal Airport from Casablanca.
Airlines Destinations
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Air Algérie Algiers
Air Canada Brussels, Calgary, Edmonton, Frankfurt, Geneva, Halifax, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Lyon, New York–LaGuardia, Ottawa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Providenciales, St. John's, San Francisco, San Salvador (Bahamas), Shanghai–Pudong, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Barbados, Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Montego Bay, Rome–Fiumicino, San Juan, St. Lucia-Hewanorra, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins June 22, 2017),[47] West Palm Beach
Air Canada Express Bagotville, Baie-Comeau, Bathurst, Boston, Charlottetown, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth (begins May 26, 2017),[48] Fredericton, Gaspé, Halifax, Hamilton (ON), Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Moncton, Mont-Joli, Newark, New York–LaGuardia, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Quebec City, Rouyn-Noranda, Saint John (NB), St. John's, Sept-Îles, Toronto–Billy Bishop, Toronto–Pearson, Val-d'Or, Wabush, Washington–Dulles (resumes June 19, 2017),[49] Washington–National, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Denver
Air Canada Rouge Cancún, Casablanca, Cayo Coco, Cozumel, Fort-de-France, Fort Lauderdale, Holguin, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-au-Prince, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samaná, Santa Clara, Tampa, Varadero
Seasonal: Algiers (begins July 1, 2017),[50] Athens, Barcelona, Charlottetown (begins June 5, 2017), Curaçao, Fort Myers, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, La Romana, Liberia (CR), Marseille (begins June 9, 2017),[50] Mexico City, Nassau, Nice, Puerto Vallarta, Reykjavík–Keflavík (begins June 23, 2017),[51] San José (CR), Venice–Marco Polo
Air China Beijing–Capital, Havana
Air Creebec Chibougamau, Chisasibi, Eastmain, Kuujjuarapik, Nemaska, Val-d'Or, Waskaganish, Wemindji
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Inuit Kuujjuaq, Kuujjuarapik, La Grande, Puvirnituq, Quebec City, Radisson, Salluit, Sept-Îles
Air Saint-Pierre Saint-Pierre
Air Transat Cancún, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo del Sur, Fort Lauderdale, Holguin, La Romana, Montego Bay, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Port-au-Prince, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Río Hato, Roatán, Samaná, Santa Clara, St. Maarten, Toronto–Pearson, Varadero
Seasonal: Acapulco, Athens, Bagotville, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Bordeaux, Brussels, Camaguey, Cartagena, Cozumel, Dublin, Fort-de-France, Havana, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Liberia (CR), Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, Managua, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Ottawa (begins June 22, 2017),[52] Pointe-à-Pitre, Porto, Prague, Quebec City, Rome–Fiumicino, Rouyn-Noranda, San Andres Islands, San José (CR), San Salvador, St. Lucia-Hewanorra, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion (begins June 18, 2017),[53] Toulouse, Vancouver (begins May 25, 2017),[52] Venice–Marco Polo
American Airlines Miami
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia
Azores Airlines Seasonal: Lisbon, Ponta Delgada
British Airways London–Heathrow
Copa Airlines Panama City
Corsair International Seasonal: Paris–Orly
Cubana Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo del Sur, Cienfuegos, Havana, Holguin, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba, Varadero
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia
First Air Iqaluit, Kuujjuaq
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Munich
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Seasonal: Frankfurt
operated by Propair
Charter: Gatineau, Kitchener/Waterloo, Peterborough
Porter Airlines Halifax, Thunder Bay, Toronto–Billy Bishop, Windsor
Provincial Airlines Quebec City, Sept-Îles, Wabush
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia
Sunwing Airlines Camaguey, Cancún, Cayo Coco, Freeport, Holguin, Montego Bay, Punta Cana, Santa Clara, St. Maarten, Varadero
Seasonal: Aruba, Cayo Largo del Sur, Cozumel, 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
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Newark, Washington–Dulles
WestJet Calgary, Cancún, Fort Lauderdale, Punta Cana, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Edmonton, Montego Bay, Orlando, Providenciales, St. Maarten
WestJet Encore Boston (begins October 15, 2017),[54] Halifax, Quebec City (begins June 15, 2017),[54] Toronto–Pearson
WOW air Reykjavík–Keflavík


Cargolux Boeing 747-8 at Air Canada Base during a snowstorm.
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 /Montreal–Trudeau /Des Sources" and 378 Sauvé /Côte-Vertu /Montreal–Trudeau 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 10–12 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]

Trudeau Airport at night
Société de transport de Montréal
Route Destination Service Times Map Schedule
Autobusmontréal.svg 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
Autobusmontréal.svg 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
Autobusmontréal.svg 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

MtlMetro1.svg Metro-Green Line MtlMetro2.svg Metro-Orange Line
MtlMetro4.svg Metro-Yellow Line

24 Hours

Daily-Year Round

Map Schedule
S-nuit.gif 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
MtlMetro1.svg Metro-Green Line


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

Map Schedule
S-nuit.gif 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
MtlMetro2.svg Metro-Orange Line


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

Map Schedule
Overview of Air Canada Base and hangars along Côte-Vertu Road.
Future Montréal–Trudeau train station located under the new Marriott hotel.

Private bus[edit]

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operates a bus from Trudeau Airport to Ottawa Railway Station only for Air France-KLM customers originating in/arriving in the Ottawa area.[59] As of 2016 Air-France KLM has three daily bus services between those cities.[60]

Air France also operates a bus from Trudeau to Sainte-Foy railway station in Quebec City for its customers.[60]

Swiss International Air Lines previously operated its Swissbus service from Trudeau to Ottawa Railway Station for Swiss customers.[61]


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 and 24R 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.[62]

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 September 2017.

Incidents and accidents[edit]


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