St-Hubert airport begins building new terminal

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St-Hubert airport began work on Wednesday to build a new terminal that will have nine boarding gates and be operational in 2025.

With this project, announced last February, Montreal—Saint-Hubert Airport (YHU) hopes to become a hub for Canadian commercial flights.

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The construction of the new terminal is being done in partnership with Porter Airlines that, in time, could serve all major Canadian cities from the South Shore airport.

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This is a private investment of more than $200 million made by the airport, in partnership with Porter Aviation Holdings and hotelier Holiday Inn, with a hotel also planned for the site.

General contractor PCL was mandated to carry out the work. YHU says the company, which has an office in Montreal, has already carried out more than 30 airport projects in North America.

The new terminal is set to enter service in the middle of 2025, but no timetable has yet been made public. The airport is planning an announcement on this this fall.

The 21,000-square-metre terminal will eventually have an annual capacity of 4 million passengers.

When the project was announced in February, several conditions were presented in order to preserve residents’ quality of life. There will be no night flights and commercial flights cannot be done with all aircraft.

A committee has been set up with elected officials and various players in the region. It also now has four working groups, which will work on the issues of mobility, sustainable development and sound environment, innovation and tourism, the airport says.

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