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."