General information

West of airport


The roadway west of the airport has now been designated a highway and now totally bypasses the airport complex. West of the airport, this highway is still a 2 lane road with many intersections.


There is still activity in the cargo section, namely FedEx, UPS, Cargojet. Antonov 124 still visit to deliver fuselages for the CRJ700 and 900s made here, as well as australian F18s being maintained by a different Bombardier plant went of airport.
I am told there is an engine testing facility which is being used to test the Boeing 787's new engines, left running non-stop for very long periods


Beyond the bypass, there is no longer *any* traffic. Roads clearly no longer maintained but still in reasonable shape.


Mobile lounges that were not moved to Dorval (YUL) were packed together in the services area west of airport (near control tower).


Control tower still stands tall. Now owned and operated by NAV Canada. Bombardier uses airport to test newly hatched CRJs.


A stray L1011 at a service island. No company name. Wonder if it might not be from the now defunct Royal Aviation.


View of the main tarmac area from the western service area. The jetways on both the departure (west) and arrival (east) sides had been added a couple of years before ADM succeeded in its quest to close Mirabel. The jetways are attached to the secondary pier linked to the main terminal by enclosed walkways.


The main terminal viewed from the west. On the second picture, you can see the walkway linking the main terminal to the secondary pier to whcih the jetways had been added. Ob the first picture, you can barely discern the 9 doors/gates to which the mobile lounges docked.

The Terminal


Final approach to the terminal.


The western side of the terminal.


Breakdown of what was in the departures section of the terminal. Departures were the western half of terminal, arrivals were on the eastern side, on same floor. This had been designed to greatly reduce walking. A passenger only needed to walk across in an almost straight line to the gate where mobile lounge was docked.

Second floor spanned the whole length of terminal, but not the whole width. Landside observers on second floor could see passengers in the airside areas (waiting to board on departures) or waiting for immigration and luggage in arrivals).



Despite being abandonned, they still keep the windows quite clean, and I have been told the terminal is still heated to normal temperatures. They rent the terminal for movies 3 or 4 times per year. And the ADM administrator supposedly have receptions in the terminals regularly.


The building's simple clean lines still give it a contemporary look despite being over 30 years old. Inside however, the 1970s were still felt with the orange signage.


Parking structures with a late autumn afternoon sun.


Yep, the doors are barricaded. But was told that they can remove the barricades quickly when needed.


The elevated roadway is very damaged with large sectiosn without ashphalt, filled with water (ice in this picture).


The eastern side of the terminal (arrivals). Again, passengers walked in a straight line from the mobile lounge through immigration, luggage belts, customs and through doors to the geeting area and then to the street.

East of the airport


Bombardier's CRJ700 and CRJ900 hatchery at Mirabel viewed from the eastern end of the terminal. The location, imposed by ADM, ensures the originally planned additional terminals cannot be built.


Chemin Bélanger. It is fully landside and provides access to some farmland as well as the jetfuel pipeline pumping station. ADM refused to hand the road back to the local municipality and instead fenced it in. Local farmers had to fight to obtain keys to grant them access to their own land. This road is at the eastern end of the airport complex.


What it looks like in the farmland south of the airport.

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