Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport ( IATA : YUL , ICAO : CYUL ) ( French : Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal ) or Montréal-Trudeau for short, is an international airport serving Montreal , Canada . It is the busiest airport in the province of Quebec and the third busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic (after Torono Pearson and Vancouver ) serving 10.9 million passengers in 2005. Currently the airport is completing a C$700 million expansion plan that will double the capacity of the terminal. Montreal-Trudeau is one of the only airports in the world that is prepared to handle the new Airbus A380 , which is expected to begin service in early 2007. Air France will be putting it in service on its daily Paris-Montreal route. Montreal-Trudeau will be the only airport in Canada with a daily A380 flight. Montréal-Trudeau was formerly known as Montréal-Dorval International Airport . It is located in the city of Dorval . The airport was renamed by the federal government in honour of former Canadian Prime Minister , the late Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau , on January 1 , 2004 , the renaming having been announced in September the previous year. This move provoked opposition from some Quebeckers, especially Quebec sovereigntists opposed to some of the policies of the former Prime Minister, as well as less vocal opposition from many aviation historians and enthusiasts who note Trudeau's historical role as an opponent of the airport. Trudeau was heavily involved in the construction of Mirabel International Airport , originally planned to replace Montréal-Dorval airport. Dorval played an important role in the development of trans-Atlantic aviation. It was primarily chosen as an airport because of good weather and few foggy days. During WWII it was the major transit point for departures to Europe. Thousands of Allied aircraft passed through Dorval on the way to England. Women - the WAC's (Women's Air Corps) - played a major role in transiting aircraft to the war theatres by way of Dorval. At one time Dorval was the major transatlantic hub for commercial aviation and the busiest airport in Canada with airlines such as British Overseas Airways Corporation (B.O.A.C) landing at Dorval en route to New York. Montreal's economic decline in the late 1970's and 1980's had a significant effect on the airport's traffic, as international flights shifted away from Dorval to Toronto Pearson in more prosperous Toronto . Ironically, the Trudeau government had recently developed Mirabel Airport north of Montreal to handle an expected growth in international traffic, and, eventually, to replace Dorval. That extra traffic never materialized, and due to its closer proximity to downtown Montreal, all scheduled air services has now returned to Dorval/Trudeau, while Mirabel has nearly ceased operation. With Montreal's economic recovery during the late 1990s, traffic at the airport may once again pick up. Mirabel is home to the world's second largest airport in terms of land area. It is larger than America's two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles. In 2005, North America signed an aviation deal that stated the "free skies" act is now possible. This means that an Air Canada flight flying from Montreal to Dallas can land, pick up more passengers and continue to a third destination like Rio de Janeiro, for example. This act will begin to take place in either 2006 or 2007 and when it does become available, Trudeau airport will definitely see an increase in the number of destinations served worldwide. On September 11, 2001 , Dorval was part of Operation Yellow Ribbon as it took in 10 of the diverted flights that were bound for the United States. Pilots were asked to avoid Dorval by both Transort Canada and NAV CANADA as a security measure because it is one of the busiest airports in Central Canada. The airport was Montréal-Dorval International Airport when 9/11 happened. Pierre Elliott-Trudeau International airport is the main hub for both Air Canada and Air Transat. It's also used as a southern base of operations for First Air, which bases its maintenance at Ottawa/Carp Airport . Montreal-Trudeau is the world's second busiest airport of a French-speaking city after Charles-de-Gaulle International in Paris . During the summer, Montreal-Trudeau has 8 flights to Paris a day, 6 flights to London a day and 4 flights to Frankfurt . At one point, it was the busiest airport in Canada and the third busiest in North America after Chicago's O'Hare airport and New York's JFK. Today, it ranks 31st in terms of passenger traffic in North America. Montreal-Trudeau is the only airport in Canada with 2 airport control towers. Montreal-Trudeau serves more international destinations than any other Canadian airport. On December 13, 2005, Trudeau airport was featured on the reality TV series The Amazing Race . Teams arrived at the airport from Toronto on Air Canada and Minneapolis on Northwest Airlines , before heading to tourist attractions downtown.
International Terminal Trudeau Airport serves 113 destinations worldwide, making it one of the most connected airports in Canada and North America. (Some airlines such as Corsair (Paris/Orly) and Lufthansa (Frankfurt and Munich) offer only seasonal flights to YUL during the summer.)