Monday, March 06, 2006

Montreal's Mirabel Airport To Be Turned Into Theme Park

This is interesting. From AviationNow:

Montreal's Mirabel Airport, which hasn't seen a passenger flight since October 2004, will be transformed into an amusement park under a deal reached last week.

Aeroports de Montreal (ADM) and I-Parks-Oger International signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an "indoor recreational multiplex" at Mirabel covering more than 100,000 square meters. AeroDream, or Reveport in French, will be a "one-of-a-kind attraction in North America," targeting local visitors as well as tourists and business travelers.

The first phase of the project will cost C$100 million (US$87.6 million) and will be financed by private-sector and institutional funding. The facility will be built on the site of the abandoned passenger terminal. The complex will also include the administration building, parking facilities and the on-site hotel, which will be renovated. The hotel will be refurbished first and will serve as a showcase for the project. Work on the hotel is scheduled to begin by June with a fall completion target.

Conversion of the terminal is to start in the fall, with the hope of a phased opening by the end of 2007. The new park will have a giant aquarium, an indoor beach and movie theaters. The MOU calls for the consortium to sign a lease with an initial term of 25 years and two renewal options of five years each. A draft proposal has already been submitted to Transport Canada.

Mirabel opened in 1975 as a reliever airport for what is now called Trudeau Airport in Dorval. Few flights ever served Mirabel, however, and the last passenger flight landed in October 2004. The airport still has some cargo and general aviation flights.

Also found here:

French-led consortium signs on to build $300-million Rêveport recreation complex

The consortium is made up of I-Parks Creative Industries, a French firm that specializes in the creation of urban tourist attractions, and Oger International SA, the global engineering company owned by the family of slain former Lebanese prime minister and entrepreneur Rafik Hariri.
AeroDream, or Rêveport, is to be a year-round tropical park for locals and tourists alike, complete with 3-D movie screens under geodesic domes, a giant aquarium, a spa, an indoor beach and retail space.
And Here:
The sprawling facility some 40 kilometres north of Montreal was billed as the airport of the future when it was opened amid great fanfare in 1975. It cost $500 million at the time, including expropriation of dozens of farms. Passenger growth projections did not happen, so the airport authority and federal government took the controversial decision to converge all flights at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in suburban Dorval, more popular because of its proximity to the city. The last passenger traffic stopped at Mirabel in 2004, leaving only cargo and private flights.
Is this possible for Burke Lakefront Airport? Somebody contact the Cleveland Quarries people in Amherst.