Aeroports de Montreal helps out airport in Haiti
Aug. 25, 2014, Montreal - Aeroports de Montreal (ADM), in partnership with the Republic of Haiti's Autorite aeroportuaire nationale (AAN) and with the support of the Canadian Embassy in Haiti, has announced the donation of airport equipment for Cap Haitien International Airport.
About 100 check-in counters, mechanical scales, some 2,000 luggage trolleys and more than 500 seats, all from the former airport terminal building at Mirabel, are heading for Miami, with Haiti their final destination.
"With this donation, we are hoping to contribute to enhancing the Republic of Haiti's airports system, which will in turn help the country's tourism industry," said ADM President and Chief Executive Officer James Cherry. This is a first delivery of airport equipment for the country. More Haitian airports may also receive other equipment from the former Mirabel terminal, closed since 2004.
This gesture is a natural outcome of the longstanding friendship between Canada and Haiti. Following the devastating earthquake that struck the Caribbean country in 2010, ADM donated relief supplies and provided humanitarian assistance to receive nationals returning to Canada. In addition, at the request of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), experts from ADM recently took part in a planning project for Port-au-Prince airport.
ADM has been developing its industrial cargo platform at Mirabel since 2002; nearly 30 companies and organizations employing about 3,700 people have established themselves there. Including air cargo-related operations plus the aeronautics industrial sector, this is 96 per cent of the employment in the Mirabel International Airport site's mission! In fact, since 2009, total job growth was 2.9 per cent, just over three times faster than overall job growth in Quebec (0.8 per cent) ADM notes that the call for tenders issued this past May 7 is for the former terminal building only.