Louis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1353 times:
Becuase Montreal had two airports (Dorval and Mirabel), which is too much for a city of that size. Political uncertainty in Quebec also played a major role. Caribb would be the best person to answer this question.
AFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1350 times:
Thank you Louis. I once read a very informative history about Montrel - Mirabel (YMX) airport.
One of the main reasons outlined were the wrong traffic traffic forecats in the early 1970s, according which traffic was to boom (which was right), but it simply forgot to mention that's the extansion of aircraft's range would make many airlines bypass the airport rather than stopping for refueling.
Also, Mirabel was far from the downtown and had poor connections with it. Mirabel is the example not to follow according to those who work on Paris' third airport.
One interesting story: once someone who made a film at Mirabel said it is the perfect airport for the task: you have everything of a large international airport but people who walk around disturbing you for the film!
Bodobodo From Canada, joined May 2000, 553 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1348 times:
Thanks for using my photograph! You might find the following site interesting. It was just finished two weeks ago or so by Aeroports de Montreal, the authority that operates both Dorval and Mirabel airports. It describes the current expansion going on at Dorval.