Construction Commences on new Montreal Saint-Hubert Airport terminal

Render of new Montréal Saint-Hubert Airport terminal.
Image Credit: CNW Group/Porter Aviation Holdings Inc.

August 16 marked the beginning of preparatory construction works for the new terminal at Montreal Saint-Hubert Airport.

The wheels of progress are turning at Montreal Saint-Hubert Airport (YHU) as it sets the stage for a transformative phase of growth.

This week, the airport initiated preparatory construction efforts for its much-anticipated new terminal. This pivotal step marks the beginning of excavation and leveling work, with a strong emphasis on ensuring minimal disruption to airport operations.

Safety measures, including the installation of protective fencing around the construction site, will be in place to isolate the construction activities.

A Partnership with Porter Airlines

Back on February 27th, Montreal Saint-Hubert Airport unveiled a partnership with Porter Airlines to bring to life a state-of-the-art new terminal. Spanning an expansive area of 21,000 square meters, the terminal is set to feature nine boarding gates.

The total investment surpassing $200 million underscores YHU’s resolute commitment to making its mark in the commercial aviation sector.


A Bold Transformation

“The YHU transformation is poised to bolster the airport capacity of the Greater Montreal Area while solidifying regional air service in Quebec,” affirms Yanic Roy, CEO of Montreal Saint-Hubert Airport YHU.

This ambitious infrastructure project promises not only an enhanced travel experience for passengers but also substantial economic benefits for the region at large.

Roy extends gratitude to Porter Airlines for their instrumental role in the airport’s development and underscores the invaluable collaboration from regional stakeholders.

Underlining the collaborative ethos of this venture, a Development Committee has been established. This committee serves as a platform for elected officials from the region and ecosystem stakeholders to actively participate in shaping the ambitious project.

Comprising four working groups, the YHU Committee will address key areas including mobility, sustainable development and noise climate, innovation, and tourism considerations.

Expertise in Action

Responsible for bringing this transformative vision to life is the Montreal office of general contractor PCL. Their illustrious track record in the airport sector, having successfully executed over 30 construction and expansion projects at various airports in North America, positions them as a trusted partner for YHU’s growth aspirations.

PCL’s notable accomplishments in Quebec include the construction of the Deloitte Tower in downtown Montreal and the Storage and Preservation Building of Library and Archives Canada located in Gatineau.

About YHU

Montreal Saint-Hubert Airport (YHU) is managed by a non-profit organization established in 2000, which has owned the airport and its grounds since it was transferred by Transport Canada in 2004.

YHU aims to enhance and fully utilize the potential of this critical infrastructure for the city and the region, while adhering to the best airport practices and considering the well-being of the neighbouring residents.


An official announcement will be made in the fall to provide a detailed schedule and more information about the upcoming construction works leading to the delivery of the new terminal. Nevertheless, we can confirm that the new terminal will be fully operational by mid-2025.

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