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Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport:
Having a five hour wait for my connecting flight, I was disappointed with the lack of good sit down places to eat. The airport is okay but a bit dingy compared to Vancouver. Great city but dismal airport.
Reply to @philippe: do u need to make an appointment and how much is it? and how old do u need to be?
Going back to Mirabel sounds like it would make a bad problem worse.
Reopen Mirabel and shut down Dorval for good.
Going through Customs at Dorval - after you've walked through the maze to get in line - is so ridiculous that we no longer fly into Dorval. We would rather fly to an airport across the border and drive through customs. Much more relaxing and car rentals are much, much more reasonable than at the Dorval airport.
Let me list the reasons:
1)Last flight to Charlottetown always delayed. Always a different reason
2)Ground crew work for the Sopranos - if you land 1 minute early or or 1 minute late, the ground crew needs to be redispatched, forget it if lightning is seens 1000kms away, cus they are not going on the tarmac.
3)Small, dirty washrooms
4)Narrow congrested corridors
5)Terminal A under the tunnel is always sweltering hot
6)Terrrible food selection
Innotech is a big supporter of the Hope Air charity, where volunteer pilots fly passengers in need for non-emergency medical treatment. Innotech waives ramp and handling fees for (frequent) Hope Air flights between Montreal and northern Quebec, and their staff goes far beyond the call of duty to help the passengers and pilots. From all of us, thanks.
10175 Ryan Ave-Dorval Intl
Dorval, QC, CANADA H9P 1A2
You have ho help from anyone when you tried to check-in. It is the worst airport ever to catch a flight. Last friday on the security were badly organized, we lined up for hours. The plane to newark went one hour later (quite common) because the pilots couldn`t get in time through security. We lost our connections in Newark, because of that. Never again, it was a nightmare.
This is a hard airport to love, which is sad, since it serves one of North America's nicest cities. Everything seems to be badly organized: when you transfer from an international flight to a domestic one, you have to exit and reenter security, which is non-trivial when you might have to line up for an hour. In customs, they keep opening and reopening dividers to make new lines, so people who've just gotten off a plane might be let through ahead of people who have been waiting 20 minutes. The whole airport seems a bit dingy and run-down, there's not much good food (in *Montreal's* airport!!!), and nothing's particularly well organized.
I wouldn't use YUL as a connector airport if I had the choice, but if you're visiting Montreal itself, it's worth putting up with the hassle to visit such a great city. If you're coming from Toronto, though, take the train instead.
Dorval Aviation, a flight school located on the field, can rent you a C172 to fly around the area following a short rental checkout with an instructor. A C172 floatplane is also available on the river northeast of Montreal.
Montreal's a great city for food, but don't bother with the airport -- there's not much there, especially once you're through security. Bring something with you.
They make you go out into the public area and then line up for security again when transferring from an international to a domestic flight -- it can be pretty frustrating when the security lineup is long and you have a tight connection.
Unfortunately, CYUL has brought in landing fees for private planes as of 2007. I think it's around $40 or so even for a light single (!!!).
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