I guess it's still too soon to say what the overall count worldwide is going to be -- probably at least a dozen or so airports still taking a 'wait and see' attitude since they're not even sure if they're even going
to get A380 flights in or not. But in Montréal's case anyway it looks like the airport -- after some four decades straight of having almost consistently bad luck and timing and even stupidity with the airport infrastructure decisions made -- seems to be finally on a roll now the other way with current construction plans and their suitability both now and into the future.
The transborder pier opened up almost exactly a year ago was one of the first major pieces of world airport infrastructure to cater to post-Sept.11 U.S. Department of Homeland Security requirements almost from the ground up , and in addition it's just about tailor-made for the traffic mix it gets and may ever be expected to get (a few turboprops at the back end, a few small mainline narrowbodies at the main facade, and a whole pile of RJ
And now with the new adjoining new International pier adjoining it, due to open in about sixteen months' time, the gate and lounge facilities for the soon-to-be AF
A380 gate just about being enclosed by windows and insulation by the workers now. YUL
is supposed to be one of the very first --if maybe even the first -- A380 route going, so getting the gate infrastructure ready by the middle or even third quarter of next year will fit in nicely if the plane's ready for service in time for the summer rush of 2006.
For the airport runways and taxiways it seems there'll be almost no accommodation work to do for it, as taxiway echo is super-wide right now (it used to be a runway itself once), and for the runway they'll almost be forced to use 11,000ft 24R/06L exclusively which should be good enough, as is. The turnbacks at either end seem wide enough for an A380 right now, as well.
So all in all at YUL
the A380 capability seems quite well-integrated with the current construction work underway generally.