A new connections centre at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) will commence first phase operations on 11 December.

The new C$50m ($37.7m) centre is fully funded by Canadian airport authority Aeroports de Montreal (ADM).

ADM stated that the facility is expected to boost the development of air service at the airport and establish it as an international air traffic hub.

The hub is expected to offer improved comfort to passengers. According to ADM, it will increase the rate of aircraft seat occupancy, which will result in the introduction of new air links.

The centre has been equipped with 36 primary inspection kiosks (PIKs) and a green wall connected to the ventilation system to maintain an optimal humidity level.

The building’s design reflects the culture of Montréal, Québec and Canada and adheres to sustainable building standards.

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Its façade is based on the Canadian Shield landscape and is made up of materials from local and Canadian markets such as Atlantic Black granite flooring and birch wood panels.

ADM president and CEO Philippe Rainville said: “We are extremely pleased to announce the commissioning of our new centre, which is fully dedicated to connecting passengers and represents an important driver for the development of YUL’s air service.

“With this new state-of-the-art facility, YUL is increasingly becoming a strategic location for transiting passengers. Montréal-Trudeau is world-renowned for the efficiency of its winter operations which, combined with its geographical position, already give it a competitive advantage.”

The centre’s second phase is expected to be completed mid next year.

Approximately 20% of YUL’s passengers have flight connections at the airport. During Phase 1 of operations, the centre will be accessed by international and transborder passengers who are travelling to domestic or international destinations.

Phase 2 includes international passengers travelling to transborder destinations. It is estimated that around one million connecting passengers will access the centre.