Porter partners in new Montréal Saint-Hubert Airport passenger terminal 

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

Porter Aviation Holdings is entering into a partnership with Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) to support the development of a new passenger terminal at Montréal Saint-Hubert Airport (YHU).

This collaboration has led to the creation of a new company, Partenaires d’infrastructure YHU (Québec) s.e.c. / YHU Infrastructure Partners (Québec) LP, which will be jointly owned by Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. and MAM.

The project aims to provide passengers with an exceptional travel experience while consolidating regional air service in Québec.

The partnership

Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) boasts the title of being the world’s largest infrastructure manager, with a wealth of experience in airport and airport-related infrastructure investments across the globe.

Some of their current investments include Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Ecuador, El Dorado International Airport in Colombia, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Farnborough, and Southampton Airports in the United Kingdom, as well as North Queensland and Perth Airports in Australia.

Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. (PAHI) brings its extensive experience to the table, with a successful track record of operating and revitalizing airports.

Notably, they were instrumental in the transformation of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, where they have been involved for the past 17 years. The success of this project serves as a model for the YHU terminal development.


Montréal Saint-Hubert Airport Terminal

The new passenger terminal at Montréal Saint-Hubert Airport (YHU) is planned to be a state-of-the-art facility spanning an impressive 21,000 square meters (225,000 square feet).

It will be equipped with nine bridged aircraft gates and feature a modern design aesthetic. One of the main goals of the terminal is to offer travelers a seamless and comfortable experience.

The terminal’s design includes lounge-style seating for all passengers, providing a relaxing environment before boarding. Furthermore, passengers will have access to a variety of food and beverage concessions, as well as retail vendors, making their time at the airport enjoyable and convenient.

One standout aspect of the terminal is its commitment to sustainability. All building systems are expected to operate fully on electric power, reducing the airport’s carbon footprint and contributing to a greener future for air travel.

Faster passenger processing

The YHU terminal development draws inspiration from the success of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport project, where Porter played a pivotal role.

As a result, the YHU terminal is designed to offer faster passenger processing compared to larger international airports. Travelers can look forward to time-saving benefits, coupled with a comfortable departure lounge environment.

This infrastructure development will also increase the airport capacity of the Greater Montréal Area and consolidate regional air service in Québec. The enhanced airport capacity and improved travel experience are expected to have a positive economic impact on the region.

The project represents a collaboration between Porter, regional stakeholders, and local communities, demonstrating a commitment to sustainable growth and progress.

Porter’s role and expansion

Porter Airlines will serve as an anchor tenant at the new YHU terminal, operating routes throughout Canada using a combination of 78-seat De Havilland Dash 8-400 and 132-seat Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. However, the terminal will also be open to other airlines, and it is anticipated that several carriers will soon serve the airport.

While focusing on the YHU terminal development, Porter is also determined to continue expanding its presence at Montréal Trudeau Airport (YUL). This strategic move aims to provide Greater Montréal travelers with a wider range of travel choices and convenient options.

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