The authority that oversees Montreal’s airport is implementing measures to reduce congestion after a post-pandemic increase in car traffic over the summer caused a wave of frustration among pa*sengers trying to arrive on time at their boarding gate.
Traffic jams on the road leading to Trudeau Airport regularly caused pa*sengers to disembark from their vehicles and carry their luggage hundreds of meters to the entrance, with pedestrians on the highway exit ramp becoming a common site, particularly in the late afternoon and early evening.
Aéroports de Montréal indicates that it will set up two alternative drop-off and pick-up zones by next summer to divert automobile traffic from the main entrance to the airport, both served by a shuttle service of five minutes for arriving and departing travelers.
In an interview, CEO Yves Beauchamp said parking would also be free for about 40 minutes over a four-hour window between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., when flights collide with the afternoon rush hour.
A new airport car park with a capacity of 2,800 spaces is also due to open early next year, while a boost to the public bus service from the city center aims to reduce car numbers.
The measures come after Montreal’s public transit company scrambled to find detours for its 747 airport shuttle last summer and the airport authority added a third free parking area, security screening staff traffic and a new Uber service pickup area, but bottlenecks persisted.
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