Following numerous complaints from citizens of the South Shore, night flights of the noisy Boeing 737-200 aircraft will cease in 2024 from Saint-Hubert airport, if the administration’s request is accepted by Transport Canada.
“We reviewed the complaints received over a 12-month period. And out of about 760 complaints, almost 700 were associated with an aircraft: the Boeing 737-200, an old aircraft that is very noisy,” revealed Jacques Saada, member of the board of directors of Développement Aéroport Saint-Hubert de Longueuil ( DASH-L), Thursday at a press conference.
“DASH-L will therefore seek approval from Transport Canada to prohibit the landing or take-off between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. of noisy aircraft such as the Boeing 737-200, effective April 1, 2024.”
The flights of this aircraft from Saint-Hubert airport are operated by the company Chrono Aviation, which specializes in charter flights. Planes sometimes take off at night to transport employees of a mining company to the Far North.
“There are usually two night takeoffs per week and three landings. The flights carry approximately 120 miners to Mary River in Baffin Island, with a fuel stop in Iqaluit,” reveals Bernard Gervais, Special Advisor for DASH-L.
She says she is skeptical of DASH-L’s announcement about the night flight ban.
“That doesn’t mean Transport Canada is going to agree,” she notes, giving examples of where such requests have been denied. “I’ll believe it when I see it. »
Several citizen groups denounce the noise caused by the aircraft that frequent the airport, such as helicopters, small planes used for piloting lessons or larger planes that take off there.
But they could be even more inconvenienced in the future, since DASH-L would like to receive more commercial flights, especially connections to the South.
“We have a pool of 2.8 million inhabitants in Montérégie who are forced to cross Montreal to go to Dorval to take the plane for short trips, underlines Jacques Saada. Couldn’t we do better than that? Even from an environmental point of view, wouldn’t it make sense to do otherwise? This is what we seek to do, for sunny destinations. »
For the moment, Aéroports de Montréal – the manager of the Montréal-Trudeau and Mirabel airports – holds exclusivity for international flights: its lease with Transport Canada contains a clause to this effect. But Mr. Saada would like to obtain the abolition of this clause.
This announcement comes as a public consultation on the development of the airport is about to be held, at the initiative of the mayoress of Longueuil, Catherine Fournier, and the federal deputy for Longueuil – Saint-Hubert, Denis Trudel . Hearings will take place from May 25 to 27, in addition to citizen workshops on May 28.