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There will be no more night flights at Saint-Hubert airport

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar23,2024

There will be no more flights night at Saint-Hubert airport

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A Chrono Boeing 737-200 at Saint-Hubert airport (Archive photo)

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This is the end of a standoff between the City of Longueuil, the management of Saint-Hubert airport and the Chrono Aviation company. Transport Canada confirms that this company's night flights will cease as of April 1.

Noise from night flights has been a major concern for Longueuil residents for years. It's been more than a year since Chrono Aviation knew that the Airport asked to ban Boeing 737-200 flights at night. I made the decision to act to protect the peace of the people of Longueuil, declared the federal Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, on Radio-Canada.

In an interview on the show Le 15-18 on ICI Première, Catherine Fournier, the mayor of Longueuil, expressed her satisfaction with the to Mr. Rodriguez's decision, noting that discussions began more than a year ago.

I salute the courage shown by the minister, she declared, adding that only two Chrono Aviation flights caused inconvenience to the population.

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Members of the Coalition Halte-Air Saint-Hubert demonstrated against the expansion project of the Saint-Hubert airport. (Photo archives)

[These were] two night flights taking off around 2 a.m. They were very old devices and hundreds of people in the region woke up […] in Saint-Hubert or Greenfield Park and even as far away as Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville or Sainte-Julie, a- she explained.

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It was a major regional problem. Then we know that there are subsequent effects on health. This is one of the biggest concerns of the population that we have heard in recent years.

A quote from Catherine Fournier, mayor of Longueuil

Ms. Fournier indicated that in February 2023, Saint-Hubert Airport and the City of Longueuil had announced a type of social acceptability agreement on the development of the airport.

However, it had already been a few months since the new airport management had stressed that it was ready to consider the end of night flights, he said. she clarified.

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The mayor of Longueuil, Catherine Fournier (Archive photo)

Subsequently, airport management submitted a request to Transport Canada, which the minister approved.

However, the mayor of Longueuil indicated that there could be legal action by the airline.

Moreover, the City of Longueuil wants to consolidate its aerospace hub around the Saint-Hubert airport.

The master plan unveiled at the end of January 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.

Concerning these expansion projects, Ms. Fournier indicated that it is a change in vocation [of the airport].

The new airport management has approved the construction of a terminal because at the moment, flights depart from different hangars […] and there is the establishment of Porter Airlines. There is a greater trend towards regional and national flights, she explained, ensuring that Porter's planes will take off between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Ms. Fournier added that there will be an increase in the number of flights in the short and medium term, approximately twenty more flights per day. However, she stressed that there will be fewer and fewer flight school flights.

With information from Marie-Josée Paquette-Comeau

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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