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Montréal-Trudeau is preparing for the relaunch of its industry
MONTRÉAL, June 19, 2020 – In the past few months, the COVID-19 virus has created its share of challenges for Quebec’s economic development. The current health crisis has forced several companies to review their service offer, production capacity, ways of retaining their workforce in an environment of reduced demand, etc. Fortunately, several business sectors have resumed their activities such as construction, manufacturing, retail and food service. However, others such as tourism, will not return to pre-crisis activity for a few months.
The West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce (WIMCC) is privileged to have Montréal-Trudeau International Airport on its territory. The large number of international flights that the airport has accommodated facilitated the planning of new connections as well as the development of the airline sector in Montreal. In fact, more than 20 million passengers have passed through Montreal in their travels this past year. It goes without saying that the tourism industry, which is on hiatus due to COVID-19, has a great economic impact on the development of Aéroports de Montréal (ADM). Once the crisis will be lessened to the point where putting a recovery plan in place will be plausible, it will be essential that the government provide monetary support to ADM so that it will in turn invest in its operations to the benefit of the community.
The extension of the REM to Montréal-Trudeau International Airport remains, for WIMCC, a priority for the development of its territory. The 700 meters that separates the VIA Rail Station and Montreal-Trudeau International Airport ultimately limits travelers’ access to the airport. “Investing in the extension of the REM would have a great impact on our local economy which would be a great return on investment that would not be negligible,” said Joseph Huza, President & Executive Director at the WIMCC, who is favour that ADM receive support in the form of financing that would include flexible repayment terms.
This crisis has not deterred The WIMCC in its mission as it remains at the service of its members as well as for the West Island of Montreal business community. This economic recovery will allow several major companies to review their vision as well as their future projects which will in turn further develop our territory.
About the WIMCC
The West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce (WIMCC) is the voice of the West Island business community. Since its creation in 1978, its mission is to encourage and promote the development of the business community. For more information on the Chamber and its upcoming events, visit www.wimcc.ca.
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