Montreal Airport is found on Montreal Island which is twelve miles or twenty kilometers from the heart of downtown. The terminals of the airports are in Dorval and the headquarters complex of Air Canada and a runway is found in Saint-Larent, also in Montreal. This is owned by Aeroports de Montreal, a non-profit organization. There is one other airport in the area – Montreal Mirabel Airport – and Transport Canada claim ownership of it. This is mainly an airport specializing in cargo.
There is a large passenger terminal with two levels which was updated extensively in recent times and offers Concourses A, B, & C. There are divisions at the Terminal: Public area for passengers as well as visitors and three areas that are restricted – domestic area (ATM machine and currency exchange); international area – (ATM machine); transborder area (complex for international arrivals, baggage claim section, customs hall, two concourses for international and US flight. There are also counters for airline tickets that is positioned close to the check-in counters found where the departure level is.
It is currently going through an expansion process and the two phases go up to 2016. The airport is internationally based and serves not only Greater Montreal but areas of New York and northern Vermont as well. There are passengers who will take a trip to Montreal Airport to fly through the border to Vermont and New York, the American states on the north eastern side. A preclearance policy regarding United States border is operated by Montreal and this is due to its closeness to the United States of America. The goal of this US customs operation is to facilitate the crossover between both countries.
Montreal Airport became a popular flight arrival and destination spot round about 2004 when passengers no longer needed to fly to other airports to get on particular flights. Passenger traffic was increased because of the flight transfers as well as the new opportunities that arise in relation to connecting. The main Montreal Airport, Trudeau is considered the busiest one in Quebec province and the airport that is third on the list for being busy in all of Canada. This evaluation is measured by passenger traffic and movement of aircraft. Passengers amounting to 9.4 million utilized the airport in 2000 and at that time, 7 million was maximum capacity. The airport sets a new record in 2011 when it handled passengers amounting to 13,660,862.
Flights at Montreal Airport incorporate several well-known Canadian airlines. It is hub for Air Canada Jazz, Air Canada, CanJet & Sunwing, Air Transat Airlines and several international and US airlines serve this airport, offering continuous as well as connecting flights everywhere in the world. The quite large area for international arrivals houses baggage claim and customs hall. There has also been the enlargement of the hall for arrivals. There was an addition of a transborder hall for departures. In the new halls, there is an area for check-in, U.S. Customs, screening checkpoint for pre-boarding and many different shops.
At Montreal Airport, you will find self-service kiosks and some of them have tag printers for luggage. There are some airlines that will give you the opportunity of getting a boarding card as a bar code that is sent straight to your phone. In the arrivals hall (public), there is an office for foreign exchange, information counter, hotel reservation area, ATM machine, a payment station, mini market, bar and café as well as a flower shop. In the section for international arrivals, a counter is available from tourist information. The shopping area boasts Canada brands and souvenir outlets here and there and also a duty-free store.