The main building at Mirabel Airport, which has sat virtually unused since the airport stopped welcoming passengers in the early 2000s, will finally be demolished.
The head of Montreal's airport authority, James Cherry, made the announcement Thursday morning.
The federal transport department has already given the green light for demolition, and a call for tenders for the demolition job has already gone out.
"It's time to turn the page and think about the future," Cherry told the business newspaper Les Affaires.
Even as the building sat empty, it cost the airport authority $5 million a year to maintain, and more than $30 million over the past decade.
Mirabel airport opened with much fanfare in 1975, and was intended to become Canada's eastern air gateway. It instead quickly became viewed as a white elephant — too far and too expensive.