Airport Review: The Lowdown on Montreal's International Airport
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Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (Photo: Abdallahh/Flickr)
Star Rating: 2.5 stars. With some recent renovations and the addition of self-service stations, Canada’s third-busiest airport, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (YUL), seeks to change its reputation as one of the worst in the country.
The automated baggage drop (Photo: Montreal Airport/Facebook)
The Good: In 2013, YUL installed 12 automated passport control kiosks that allow Canadians and Americans to preclear U.S. customs. New baggage drop stations also aid passengers flying to the U.S. To help ease a long layover, the airport features about a dozen locally known restaurants and shops (most of them in the international terminal). A good layout and relatively small size make the commute from one terminal to another painless — if you don’t mind walking fast to catch a connecting flight.
The Bad: Security personnel have a blasé attitude about, um, security. Baggage can (and likely will) take up to an hour to arrive on the conveyor belt. Curbside taxi service moves sluggishly, and there are no moving walkways.
Who doesn’t love free Wi-Fi? (Photo: Henry Faber/Flickr)