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Mirabel Airport opened its doors to international travel on October 4, 1975.  At that time, the airport was destined to replace Montreal's Dorval International Airport which was envisioned as too small of a facility to meet Montreal's growing air-traffic needs.  From 1975 until 1997, all international flights to and from Montreal were required to land at Mirabel, while Dorval remained open to domestic flights.  This meant that passengers transferring between domestic and international flights needed to be transported between airports by bus.  Dorval Airport was set to be closed to passenger traffic following the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, but has continuously remained open to traffic after airport officials bowed to public pressure.  Adding to Mirabel's problems, growth in airport traffic in Montreal was stymied during the 1980s due to several factors including the rise in predominance of Toronto relative to Montreal, as well as the ability of jet airliners to complete trans-Atlantic flights from other Canadian terminals without first refueling in Montreal.  In 1997, international traffic was once again permitted to use the facilities at Montreal's Dorval Airport, subsequently, passenger traffic dropped significantly at mirabel.  Passenger Air traffic completely ceased at the Airport on October 31, 2004.  The final flight carried travelers from Mirabel to London.  Today, Mirabel Airport is used exclusively for cargo shipments.

 

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MRC de Mirabel

View of the Mirabel Airport facility with Autoroute 50 in the foreground.

 

Vue vers l'aéroport Mirabel situé au sud de l'autoroute 50.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

An overall view of Mirabel Airport from the Autoroute 50 off-ramp.  The abandoned Mirabel hotel sits at the left side of the photo, while the disused terminal building dominates the right side of the photo.

 

Un vue complet de l'aéroport Mirabel à partir de la bretelle de l'autoroute 50 vers l'aéroport.  L'hôtel Mirabel a été abandonné et est situé a la gauche de la photo.  Le terminal est aussi vacant et est situé a la droite.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

View looking easterly towards the vacant airport hotel from the high-speed flyover that carries traffic from Autoroute 50 westbound to the airport.

 

Vue vers l'est vers l'hôtel de l'aéroport vacant à partir de l'autopont de haute vitesse qui transporte la circulation de l'autoroute 50 en direction ouest jusqu'à l'aéroport.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

Close-up view of the abandoned airport hotel.  The hotel was abandoned in 2002.

 

Vue près de l'hôtel abandonné.  L'hôtel à été abandonné en 2002.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

View of the former passenger terminal building.  A plane was docked at the building when this photo was taken, however, this terminal no longer serves commercial traffic.

 

Vue du bâtiment de l'ancien terminal des passagers. Un avion a été amarré à l'immeuble lorsque cette photo a été prise, cependant, cette borne ne dessert plus le trafic commercial.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

Western side of the terminal building.

 

La cote ouest du bâtiment terminal.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

Overhead signage situated overtop of the high-speed ramp from Autoroute 50 West.

 

Signalisation aérienne situé au-dessus de la brettelle haute-vitesse vers l'aéroport Mirabel de l'autoroute 50 ouest.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

Overhead signage along the airport road network.  Virtually all roads and parking lots servicing the now closed hotel and airport terminal have been closed to traffic.

 

Signalisation aérienne qui surplombe l'une des routes de l'aéroport. Pratiquement toutes les routes et les parkings desservant l'hôtel et le terminal maintenant ont été fermées à la circulation.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

Overhead signage along the closed airport road network approaching the terminal.

 

Signalisation aérienne à l'approche de la terminal.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

These median islands once housed ticket booths for one of the airport's paid parking lots

 

Ces îles médianes abritait autrefois guichets pour un des lots de stationnement payant à l'aéroport.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

The entrance to the now closed parking lot is at left, while the unloading area is at the right.

 

Dans la photo, l'entrée au stationnement fermé est à gauche, tandis que la zone de débarcadère est à la droite.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

Abandoned spiral ramps servicing the terminal's parking decks.

 

Rampes d'accès en spirale qui desservent le stationnement du terminal.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

The service road passes over the abandoned eastbound access ramp to the airport.

 

La voie de service passe au-dessus de la bretelle d'accès en direction est vers l'aéroport abandonné.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

The signage present on the service road network does not reflect the closed nature of the airport.

 

La signalisation qui est présents sur le réseau routier de service ne reflète pas l'état fermée de l'aéroport.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

Signage for the airport terminal along a service road. 

 

Signalisation pour le terminal de l'aéroport le long d'une voie de service.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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MRC de Mirabel

Signage upon leaving the airport terminal for Autoroute 50.  Note the use of Hull (Gatineau's former name) on the signage.

 

Signalisation à la sortie du terminal de l'aéroport à l'autoroute 50. Notez l'utilisation de Hull (l'ancien nom de Gatineau) sur la signalisation.

Photographer: Scott Steeves

Date: 5/24/2010

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Autoroute 50 is the principal highway between Gatineau and Montréal.  Click here for Autoroute-50 images.


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