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It's too damn hot to be working on the novel so I thought I'd scan in a little brochure pr0n...
From Transport Canada...
Mirabel International Airport - Montreal
Following dyptich is of Montreal harbour and Habitat '67
Montreal - centrally located to all points of Western Civilisation
With all the requisite up-to-date transport facilities
Mirabel was intended as a replacement for the 'cramped' Dorval International Airport...
And was sited well out into the countryside - to the delight of cab drivers...so as to cut down on noise...
and to allow for expansion...
A master plan was drawn up to include more runways in the future...
Phase one was already complete...
And ready for the new jumbo jets of Air Canada!
Its modern control tower overlooked the jets of the world...
Including Quebec Air 707s and Alitalia DC-10s...
Air France 747s...
Air Canada TriStars...
...all serviced by mobile lounges.
The open air concourse...
with it's ticket counters...
and baggage carousels...
...all scientifically planned
Buses at the ready...
to whisk you to the city centre...
You could also take the subway...
or rent a car...
The world city of Monteal beckons you!
Monteal... host of the 1976 Olympics...
And the Expo '67...
To take you to all points of the globe...
As proud as we are of our passenger services...
Mirabel is also a first-rate air cargo facility!
We can handle anything from the above British Airways 707 to this Air Canada DC-8 60...
We have the complete range of auxiliary services...
...and naturally, are well equipped for snow removal.
Technical data - in French and English
On the back cover in French and English it notes that the info contained within was accurate up to the time of publication in February of 1978.
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Nicole: 3rd Aug 2009 - 17:27 GMT
Wow, what a great pamphlet! So detailed! I spent a lot of time in that airport. It was a noisy place. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Franny Wentzel: 6th Aug 2009 - 03:36 GMT
As hopeful as this brochure was... it turned out that Mirabel wasn't really needed in the long run for a number of reasons. The link with the city's mass transit system was never built which made the hour or more drive into the countryside that much more irritating.
A dropoff in air traffic due to international airlines and many local business going to Toronto occured over the years and public pressure not only kept the more convenient Dorval International open but encouraged its development over Mirabel. By 2004 the last of the passenger airlines had ditched Mirabel and only air cargo, a medivac service as well as a couple aircraft manufacturers survive on the one runway left open for business.
The terminal was used for scenes in a Tom Hanks movie call of all things 'The Terminal'. Current plans are to convert part of the airport into a race track - which is projected to attract enough private jet traffic to justify investment from a fixed base operations company.
YMXguy: 25th Aug 2009 - 01:09 GMT
Thanks for the great post Franny! I work for a small airline based at Mirabel, and it just infuriates me to see this great facility go to waste. The race track is already built and it takes over 2/3rds of the once huge apron. The Control Tower is still in use, although it is staffed by FSS instead of ATC's. In my mind they should finish highway 13 and do the rail link the airport was supposed to get from the beginning. I really can't understand Aéroports de Montréal's (ADM) logic in still pouring billions into Trudeau (Dorval), when the same money could be used much more effectively in transferring all airport ops to Mirabel, and have a real airport for Montreal which can compete head-to-head with Toronto. Because Trudeau is amidst the city, the airport has a very strict night curfew which causes many headaches for airlines, whereas Toronto's curfew is much more flexible. Finally, what is really ludicrous is the fact that despite recent investments, Dorval is not going to last forever and ADM will be forced to re-open Mirabel again eventually. What I don't understand is why not do it now while investment would be relatively less than in 10-15 years from now (maybe sooner) when Dorval is completely obsolete and ineffective. To make matters worse, ADM really foiled the original plans by allowing Bombardier to build a plant where another terminal should have been, and now Pratt & Whitney will also take a lot of land that could have been used for Air Canada's hangars for example. And even if there is interest by AMT to build trackage to Mirabel, ADM seems poised in accelerating the degradation of Mirabel. Very sad and truly idiotic when you think of it. How can the government allow such mis-management of public property?
Franny Wentzel: 25th Aug 2009 - 01:34 GMT
How can the government allow such mis-management of public property?
Because it's The Government... that's what they do.
Tom: 27th Nov 2009 - 22:52 GMT
Franny, fantastic! Any chance of getting a high-resolution set of scans of this brochure up here, so that they can be downloaded so people can take a closer look?
Franny Wentzel: 27th Nov 2009 - 23:13 GMT
Unfortunately there's a 600x600 pixel limit to images posted on this site. Will have to upload to Photobucket or someplace and link the album back to here.
Franny Wentzel: 27th Nov 2009 - 23:55 GMT
Quickie pages with links to full size scans
If you want to see 'em and don't mind the load time...
Kate M.: 13th Dec 2009 - 18:30 GMT
Wonderful entry. I've just posted about it to the Montreal City Weblog.
chriskayTO: 14th Dec 2009 - 17:31 GMT
This is great - thanks so much for sharing. A wonderful area of Canadian megaprojects - too bad this now has the white elephant status. I agree that a direct rail link to downtown would have changed everything.
Lance Norman: 5th Jul 2010 - 06:11 GMT
Turn it into a Soup Kitchen & Lodging for the the people who want to opt out of the Economy. For those who like communal living in a country setting, and won't have to feel that they are fellow polluters and devourers of the Air / Water and Soil like the rest of their Mega-Project addicted compatriots with Kingly lifestyle requirements or shall we say Post WWII Boom era addictions!!! Yes I am an Enviromentalist Who own No Appliances, Subscribes to nothing, Does not own any communication devices, Vehicles not even a wristwatch and am damn proud to preach it to all my millionaire friends and Family. Cheers and learn and live for the most Purity (Gasp) you can attain. It will feel a lot better than any Money or Goods!! Study and debate or lecture to change Man in his World and do it now The World cannot Wait!!!
Michael: 27th Jan 2011 - 20:42 GMT
Once again, many thanks, Franny. You alway focus on the most interesting things! I've linked your post to my blog, designKULTUR. I think you had trouble accessing it last time, but here's the link: designKULTUR. Cheers from Vancouver, Michael
Franny Wentzel: 28th Jan 2011 - 00:38 GMT
Enclosed links in double brackets and they're le-clickable
Marc Francis: 21st Apr 2013 - 03:40 GMT
Thanks for posting this! I went out exploring the abandoned Mirabel. Such a beautiful place.
Franny Wentzel: 21st Apr 2013 - 17:59 GMT
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