Councillors looking to increase traffic at Trudeau airport

Two opposition Montreal politicians — Snowdon councillor Marvin Rotrand and South West borough mayor Benoit Dorais — are presenting a motion to city council this week asking the city of Montreal to get more actively involved in promoting Trudeau airport.

Part of the reason for the motion, Rotrand says, is recent news that Trudeau airport has, for the first time, fallen to fourth place among Canadian airports — behind Toronto, Vancouver, and now, Calgary — in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft movement.

"The reality of the situation is over the last 30 years we've seen Montreal become a transit airport while Toronto becomes a hub," Rotrand says. "The federal government has helped consolidate [Toronto's] Pearson airport as Canada's metropolitan airport, whereas in Montreal, we've lost airlines who've gone to Toronto who don't fly here directly anymore, and that has an impact on business decisions, investment decisions, head office decisions, and it's not good for the economy of Montreal."

He's looking to see an official declaration from council that it recognizes that direct international flights to Montreal are important, as well as a more proactive approach from the current administration in its dealings with the federal government.

"We're hopeful that there'll be some discussion on something that should have been perhaps more vigorously supported by Montreal council a long time ago."

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  1. George73 posted on 02/24/2014 03:45 PM
    As someone who travels regularly on business both nationally and internationally from this airport, the promoters of increased air traffic into this airport need to take a serious look at the travellers experience. For domestic travellers this airport is seriously bad news, with a considerable lack of amenities for travellers.

    In addition, if you can get to the airport without breaking an axle, one had better not be trying to park on any school holiday such as Spring break. Last year, the airport opened up a muddy field next to highway 20. Took over an hour to park and get to the terminal.

    If Montreal wants to get serious about attracting business, then it has to do it in a serious manner and address those things that make Montreal a highly unattractive place for businesses of all kinds - air transportation or others.

    Until it can do that, then a few councillors saying we need to do something without a well thought out plan to do so, is simply a case of individuals wishing to be seen to be involved when in reality they have nothing to offer.
  2. Ray S posted on 02/24/2014 05:00 PM
    Want more traffic through Trudeau-Dorval?

    Charge reasonable air fares.

    Until then, the short trip to Plattsburgh or Burlington, VT makes air travelk so much more economical.

    Our loss, their gain - and a gain for MY wallet!
  3. steve posted on 02/24/2014 05:14 PM
    And what about the hopeless and endless airport construction? Typical Quebec style disorganized mess!
  4. Peter s posted on 02/24/2014 08:56 PM
    Get your head out of your derrière. If the various governments ( Montreal and Quebec) would get to promoting Montreal Asa. Bilingual city where business gets done then perhaps there would be more demand for Montreal as a destination. Unfortunately the governments cannot even get their transport employees to be bilingual. Figure out your priorities before whining like a baby.
  5. Daemoncan posted on 02/25/2014 10:26 AM
    The lack of international flights is a symptom, not a cause in itself.

    Airlines base these types of decisions on demand, not hopes & wishes. The "world" has voted, and Montreal is no longer a destination of choice for various political & economic reasons.
  6. Sam posted on 02/25/2014 12:57 PM
    If Montreal was flourishing as an entity independent from the rest of Quebec, the airport would flourish. Montreal has been hamstrung by its provincial overlords. Those who travel by air are not under the yoke of provincial policies and the traffic will go where it has to go. Unless and or until Montreal flourishes again, unfortunately that would be ELSEWHERE.
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