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Passenger Terminal Once Seen as Beacon of the Future To Be Demolished

Excerpt from Globe and Mail

May 03, 2014 11:00 am

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Because of its remote location and lack of mass transit links, Mirabel International Airport outside Montreal was never popular with airlines or travelers. And that was never a viable formula regardless of the passenger terminal’s once-futuristic design.

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The unused passenger terminal at Mirabel International Airport will face a wrecking ball soon. Yvan Leduc / Wikimedia.org


When it opened in 1975, it was promoted as the airport of the 21st century. Now, just 14 years into the century, Mirabel International Airport’s sprawling passenger terminal is to be unceremoniously demolished.

It is the final, literal blow to the sleek, black-glass terminal. The airport staged its last commercial flight in late 2004 after failing miserably to live up to its billing as the “gateway” to air travel in Canada, and being dubbed by international media “one of the great white elephants of aeronautics history.”

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