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Montreal’s Trudeau airport chosen as gateway for Syrian refugees

MONTREAL – Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal has been chosen by the Government of Canada as the gateway for the arrival of flights carrying Syrian refugees.

A section of the aeroquay, located away from the actual terminal, will be reserved for the arrivals and will include the facilities needed for the airport to process the refugees entering Canada.

This includes a waiting room, primary and secondary customs inspection areas and a section reserved for Public Health Agency of Canada quarantine officers.

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Once the refugees arrive, beginning Saturday, it’s expected to take three to four hours to process them.

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Aéroports de Montréal is pleased to be contributing to the Canadian effort to welcome Syrian refugees,” said James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADM.

“Together with federal government departments, we are making sure that the refugees are treated with the utmost humanity and efficiency.”

Cherry added the ADM will cover all aeronautical fees related to the flights.

According to the airport, everything from customs, immigration to emergency services will take place at Gates 17 and 19 of the aeroquay.

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The area will not be accessible to the public or other airport passengers.

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Once the refugees pass security, they will be taken by bus to the Canadian government reception site.

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