Mirabel airport's main terminal to be torn down

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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.

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  1. Marc Francis posted on 05/01/2014 12:27 PM
    Goddamn. That is sad.
  2. markR posted on 05/01/2014 01:02 PM
    Taxpayers dollars in action! and then we wonder why we have deficits, tax increases, etc. If Bombardier is using the runways, why could they not repurpose the building as well and convert to other Bombardier office space instead of tearing it down. As long as the taxpayers keep financing the blunders created by the bureaucrats and governemment officials, why would anyone think out of the box?
    1. Richard posted on 05/02/2014 12:54 PM
      @markR Because Bombardier already has office and factory space at the airport
  3. ExQuebecer posted on 05/01/2014 03:23 PM
    We all said it would be a bad idea to build that Mirabel Airport and many, specially the farmers in the area, fought tooth and nail not to have it built. Everyone was against it and stood with the farmers. Everyone was confused as to why they had to take a Ridicules amount of land away from the farmers. Everyone knew it was being built way to far from Montreal. Who wants to take a plane to the middle of no-where, with nothing around except farm land, then have to drive for more than an hour to get to the city when there was already an airport in the city. Everyone one was saying it was going to be a White Elephant even before they started building it. With what was going on politically at the time they decided to build this airport, I had my own theory as to why they built it where they did and why... This was my theory. If you follow highway 15, in Ste. Therese they had the GM company that built cars, that too has since been torn down. Continue up the 15 and you have the Montreal (Bell) Heliport where they build helicopters. Go up a little farther and turn left on Highway 50 and you hit the Mirabel Airport and what company is at the far end of the Mirabel Airport? L-3 Communications Mas (Canada) Inc..... a worldwide leader in aerospace and defence.... At the time they were building the airport it seemed to me Quebec was preparing for a war against Canada and these companies could have been converted to build war toys. Now that the PQ got knocked down flat in the last election and seeing that Mirabel is a huge White Elephant, like everyone said it was going to be, they are now going to tear it down. :) Anyway that was just my theory when they started building that airport in that area and why...
  4. Barcham posted on 05/01/2014 04:46 PM
    Instead of paying to have it demolished, sell the rights to destroy it to a major film studio. I'm sure some upcoming X-Men or Avengers film could use a real building to destroy instead of a CGI one. Let a studio blow it up and pay for the cleanup. That way the province can make some money on a mistake instead of wasting more of our dollars.
  5. George73 posted on 05/01/2014 04:57 PM
    And PET is such a shining example of an international airport?

    As a regular business traveller it has to be the epitomy of not giving a s**t about its users/customers.

    Its an embarrassment. Maybe those who make the decisions need to travel a bit more?
  6. Ryan posted on 05/01/2014 06:08 PM
    They should tear down the one at Trudeau airport, that ugly thing looks like an old hospital.
  7. Joe posted on 05/02/2014 07:34 PM
    After they do in this waste of money can they move the wrecking ball to the biggest WHITE ELEPHANT that exists in Canada..........THE BIG OWE.
  8. Rob posted on 05/07/2014 12:26 PM
    As usual, they have it backwards. Mirabel is a great airport. The ignorant separatist government(s) never completed hwy 13, nor built the rail link. Dorval airport should have been demolished. The first time there will be an accident, many will die.

    I agree that too much land was expropriated for Mirabel, but it is a logical site for the future with the long runways......
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