Aside from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Montreal has a second, lesser-known airport south of the city called Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport (YHU). The airport currently acts as a hub for private and regional airlines.
That’s all set to change next year, as Porter Airlines plans to build a new commercial terminal at Saint-Hubert Airport. This is a big step for the Toronto-based airline, which has been busily expanding its network and fleet in the recent past.
Porter to Open Terminal at Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport
As Porter Airlines prepared to take delivery of its Embraer E195-E2s in 2022, it expanded to Toronto Pearson International Airport to accommodate the aircraft. As it began to announce a suite of new routes late last year, it also indicated plans to expand its operations to other major Canadian hubs.
Today, we learned that Porter will invest in Montreal as part of its ongoing expansion. Beginning in mid-2023, Porter will begin construction of a new terminal at Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport, located south of Montreal’s downtown core in the suburb of Longueuil.
Construction is slated to be completed by late 2024, at which point it will become the second Montreal airport from which Porter offers flights.
Porter Airlines plans to use this new terminal to expand their operations significantly across Canada. The new commercial terminal at Montreal Saint-Hubert Airport is expected to add nine gates and over 21,000 additional square metres to the current building.
Once the expansion is complete, Montreal will become a second hub for the airline, with Toronto remaining as its primary base.
Porter Airlines has announced more than 10 potential routes that will launch from Montreal Saint-Hubert Airport, including Vancouver in the west, St. John’s in the east, and of course both airports in Toronto. Flights will be operated by Porter’s existing fleet of Dash 8-400 aircraft, as well as its expanding fleet of Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.
With the airport expansion, Porter intends to offer another choice for Montreal’s large suburban population.
The new terminal at Montreal Saint-Hubert Airport is expected to generate more than 500 permanent jobs, taking into account airline operations, as well…
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