Canada's largest ghost airport to be demolished

A Canadian military plane lands at Mirabel Airport. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA

A Canadian military plane lands at Mirabel Airport. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:03 AM ET

MONTREAL — The biggest white elephant in the history of Canadian airports will finally be put out of its misery.

Officials said Thursday they plan to demolish the $500-million Mirabel Airport terminal, once projected to be the country's main air hub, but which has sat nearly unused north of Montreal for 10 years.

Montreal's airport authority, the ADM, said the sprawling terminal will be dismantled but that the property will continue to be used as an aerospace facility.

ADM will issue a call for demolition tenders following two reports "showing that the terminal is completely outdated."

"Indefinitely maintaining an unoccupied, outdated and economically unsalvageable building would be irresponsible," ADM President and CEO James Cherry said in a statement. "Our expenses for minimally maintaining this building since late 2004 have totalled more than $30 million, in vain. Enough is enough."


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