April is world autism awareness month. Montréal-Trudeau Airport hosted its 6th annual Premium Kids event on April 8th, 2018.

Montréal-Trudeau hosts Premium Kids

This program allows kids with ASD and their parents to experience the airport process. Check-in, going through security, walking, waiting at the gate, boarding and taking one’s seat on a plane all seem simple for many of us. However, for children with ASD the fear of what’s not familiar and the fear of flying can be challenging.

An army of volunteers was available at every point of the experience path at the terminal. In fact, more than 100 children showed-up with their families. For most it was a great morning at YUL, which was made possible thanks to ADM but also:

Event highlights in photos

Here are some photos of the event. I was very much humbled to cover it. For me, it was one of the most emotional travel event coverage. You can barely appreciate the constant effort of the parents and the devotion of the volunteers. This shows why Montreal-Trudeau is one of the most family-friendly airport I’ve come across.

Parents and their children checking in at the Air Transat counters
Parents and their children checking in at the YUL Air Transat counters
Parents and their children checking in at the Air Transat counters
Parents and their children checking in at the Air Transat counters
Volunteers showing the way to families heading to security checks
Volunteers showing the way to families heading to security checks at YUL
Let's head towards our gate!
Let’s head towards our gate!
Air Transat's Kids Club in the new section of YUL's international terminal
Air Transat’s Kids Club in the new section of YUL’s international terminal
Time to board!
Time to board!
Excited to get into the A330 aircraft and find their seats
Excited to get into the A330 aircraft and find their seats
Service & inflight entertainment in the Air Transat cabin
Service & inflight entertainment in the Air Transat cabin

Finally a chance to meet the captain in person in the cockpit
Finally a chance to meet the captain in person in the cockpit