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Sunday,  July 14, 2024 3:14 AM 

Montreal int’l airport takes rival to court over name change

  • Air
  •   05-16-2024  9:01 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Montreal int’l airport takes rival to court over name change
Rendering of Montreal Metropolitan Airport (YHU), formerly Saint-Hubert Airport. (Supplied)
Pax Global Media

What’s in a name? A lot, it seems.

Montreal's international airport is taking its rival to court over a name change, reports say.

Aéroports de Montréal, which runs Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL), has requested a permanent injunction in Quebec Superior Court to force the new Montreal Metropolitan Airport to change its name, according to reporting from the Canadian Press.

The reason? Aéroports de Montréal says the rebranded suburban airport (long known as the Saint-Hubert airport) will lead to confusion among travellers.

Montreal Metropolitan Airport revealed its new name in February. It came after the facility announced a partnership in 2023 with Porter Airlines for a new $200-million terminal.

Work on the new terminal – a partnership between Macquarie Asset Management and Porter– will begin in August, with a scheduled completion by mid-2025.

Located 15 kilometres from Montreal, Montreal Metropolitan Airport will be a nine-gate facility, designed to serve more than four million passengers annually, according to a news release.

Additional facilities will include barrier-free parking spaces, EV charging stations, shuttle bus pick-up and drop-off points, road connection from the property boundary to long-term parking lots, landscaping, and an aviation fuel farm.

As previously reported, Porter will operate at the new airport using a combination of Embraer E195-E2 and Dash 8-400 aircraft, serving cities across Canada.

The new terminal will be open to other airlines, too, including Pascan Aviation's network of existing regional Quebec flights.

As for the name game, Eric Forest, spokesman for Aéroports de Montréal, says Montreal Metropolitan Airport is too similar to the name of the international airport, which served more than 21 million passengers in 2023.

In an emailed statement to CP, he said the authority is "concerned about the confusion this change could cause for passengers, both from Montreal and elsewhere, considering the very close similarities between the names."

The authority also objects to the new name because Montreal Metropolitan Airport is located on Montreal's South Shore and not on the Island of Montreal.

Montreal Metropolitan, meanwhile, says Montreal-Trudeau airport is attempting to protect a "monopoly” on air travel into the region.

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