Montreal’s airport is tightening its grips on your purse strings. Along with a number of other Canadian airport authorities, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) is increasing airport improvement fees for all travellers departing Montréal-Trudeau Airport (YUL) beginning in 2021.

The fee is going up from $30 to $35 starting February 1 and is expected to produce an additional $20 million for the ADM in 2021.

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Fee increase at YUL

The airport "has a duty to ensure that its facilities are upgraded and we will never compromise on this,” stated Philippe Rainville, president and CEO of ADM, in a press release Thursday.

The AIF is “used exclusively to fund infrastructure projects essential to maintaining safe operations at YUL,” it continued.

The air industry is struggling with a severe COVID-related drop in revenue as people the world over have been second-guessing their travel plans.

Year-to-date, passenger traffic at Trudeau is down at least 71% compared to last year, ADM says. Next year, a decrease of 50% compared to 2019 is expected.

“In the current context, we have no choice but to proceed with this $5 increase, which will partially offset the substantial cash shortfall that will be created by this crisis,” stated Rainville.

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