Toronto Pearson International Airport (also known as Lester B. Pearson International Airport or simply Pearson Airport) (IATA: YYZ, ICAO: CYYZ) is an international airport serving Toronto, Ontario, Canada, its metropolitan area, and the Golden Horseshoe, an urban agglomeration that is home to 8.7 million people. The airport is located 22.5 km (14.0 mi) northwest of Downtown Toronto, in the adjacent municipality of Mississauga, contrary to the name. The airport is named in honour of Lester B. Pearson, the 14th Prime Minister of Canada.
Pearson is by far the largest and busiest airport in Canada. In 2012, it handled 34,912,456 passengers, and 433,990 aircraft movements. It is currently the world’s 35th busiest airport by total passenger traffic, 23rd busiest airport by international passenger traffic and 18th busiest airport by aircraft movements. In 2006, the airport was selected as the best global airport by the UK-based Institute of Transport Management.
LESTER B. PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HISTORY
In February 1935, the Government of Canada announced its intention to build an airport in Toronto. A site near Malton, Ontario, northwest of Toronto, was chosen as the location for the new airport.
In April 1937, land agents representing the Toronto Harbour Commission approached farmers in Malton who owned Lots 6-10 on Concession 5 and 6 to acquire land for Malton Airport. The agreements were drawn up for a total purchase of 1410.8 acres.
LESTER B. PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOCATION
Toronto Pearson International Airport (also known as Lester B. Pearson International Airport or simply Pearson Airport) (IATA: YYZ, ICAO: CYYZ) is an international airport serving Toronto, Ontario, Canada
LESTER B. PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 569 ft.
Runway length available: 05/23 11120×200 ft. :: 06R/24L 9000×200 ft. :: 06L/24R 9697×200 ft. :: 15R/33L 9088×200 ft. :: 15L/33R 11050×200 ft.