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Longueuil wants to consolidate its aerospace center around Saint-Hubert airport

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Yanic Roy, general director of the Saint-Hubert airport, and Catherine Fournier, mayor of Longueuil, during the announcement of the modernization from the airport in February 2023. (Archive photo)

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In order to get “the largest economic project in the city's history” off the ground, Longueuil is asking the Quebec government to be officially designated, with its partners in Mirabel and Saint-Laurent, as an aerospace innovation zone.

The mayor of Longueuil, Catherine Fournier, officially made the request on the sidelines of the presentation of the 20-year development and development master plan for this area located around the Montreal Saint-Hubert airport, which already has 78 companies totaling more than 7,500 jobs.

Obtaining the status of an innovation zone means benefiting from international influence which will, for example, promote the attractiveness of businesses, be more competitive on the markets and receive funds to structure an organization promoting consultation between our three respective territories, declared Mayor Fournier in an interview with Zone économique on RDI.

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Catherine Fournier, mayor of Longueuil

Longueuil, which already hosts the aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and the landing gear specialist Héroux Devtek, managed to attract several companies in the wake of the revitalization of its airport, which began around ten years ago.

The recent arrival of the companies H55, Koptair and CEL Aérospace, as well as the establishment of a new campus of the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) [devoted] to aerospace engineering, marks the beginning of “a major growth in activities within the area, indicates the City in its press release.

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The terminal that Porter will build at Saint-Hubert airport will have nine boarding docks.

The master plan unveiled this Friday provides for the construction of a new terminal and 2,000 housing units within a radius of one kilometer around the airport as well as the urbanization of Chemin de la Savane. Projects for new roads are also in the works and the City is negotiating with National Defense to acquire certain land, indicated the mayor of Longueuil.

She indicates that this area will ultimately provide property revenue of $37 million per year, or more than 7% of the City's current budget.

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The project has the support of Aéro Montréal and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Rive- South.

However, for several years, activities at the Saint-Hubert airport have created friction with area residents due to the noise of planes.

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