TORONTO, February 6, 2018
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) announced the development of a new regional transit centre and passenger processing facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The GTAA estimates the first phase of the new facility could be in place as early as the mid-2020s.
In its most recent draft Master Plan, the GTAA forecasts that Toronto Pearson will grow to handle as many as 85 million passengers annually by 2037 and the GTAA is beginning the planning of the new facility to support this growth. The planning will incorporate a regional transit centre to support the region’s need for better transit connectivity. Toronto Pearson is uniquely able to connect the region, due to its location between three municipalities, four major highways and a number of planned and existing transit lines, and the Airport Employment Zone, the second largest employment zone in Canada. The GTAA continues to work with all levels of government to advance plans on priority lines connecting into the proposed regional transit centre.
“The success of Toronto Pearson as one of the world’s most significant international airports is a testament to the success of Canada and the Toronto region,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO, GTAA. “We’re pleased to be working on the design for a new airport passenger processing facility that will enhance passenger experience. This new facility will not only help to welcome visitors from all over the world to Canada, it will also seamlessly connect them to towns and cities throughout southern Ontario.”
Toronto Pearson saw an estimated 47 million passengers in 2017. The development will provide appropriate passenger facilities, reduce road congestion in the region and provide greater access to jobs and customers for businesses in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
This project will be transformational for Toronto Pearson by redefining the ‘front door’ of the airport, optimizing the available and new real estate, positioning the airport for the future, and improving the passenger experience for millions of travellers.