It’s not uncommon to hear of an abandoned airport. After all these facilities are extremely expensive to build and operate.
Case in point: Maribel International Airport just north of Montréal, Canada.
This showcase facility was opened in 1975, just in time for the 1976 Montréal Summer Olympics. At a cost of $500 million (that’s the equivalent of $2.2 billion in 2014), it was billed as the largest airport surface size in the world. It featured all the modern conveniences of the times.
However Maribel’s Fame Would Be Short-Lived.
Part of its demise was attributed to its location. It was simply too far from downtown Montréal. As well, experts also cite that the population was simply not large enough support two major airports. Montréal’s main airport, Trudeau International, is much closer to the downtown core.
Maribel still handles cargo flights. However the last commercial jet landed there over 10 years ago. It was recently decided that it was simply too expensive to maintain so now it has been slated for demolition.
Maribel International Airport – Frozen in Time
So what did a showcase airport in the 1970s look like? Well, join us below for a photo journey of Maribel International frozen in time.