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Enerjet and other special charters. List or not list??[edit]

I have removed Enerjet and other airlines (JAL, All Nippon Airways) from the Airlines and Destinations sections several times because, these airlines are operate special charters only (sporadically throughout the year, do not operate to YYZ on a regular or semi-regular basis whatsoever). They are being added after I delete them by . JPark99 (talk) 00:04, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

I removed the Charter Airlines and Destinations section completely. I tried to find any information or reference for the airlines and destination listed, and couldn't find anything online. There are no schedules for these airlines as they are all charter airlines. JPark99 (talk) 17:30, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Cargo Destinations?[edit]

I wanted to create a section listing cargo airlines and their destinations to replace the cargo tenants list, but can't seem to find the information. The tenants list Toronto_Pearson_International_Airport#Cargo_operations is too long and takes up an unnecessary amount of space. Does anyone have info on cargo airline service & destinations? JPark99 (talk) 06:40, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

AC to Geneva[edit]

The information shown in the Airlines and Destinations contents are intended to display NON-STOP service from airlines only. Air Canada to Geneva is via Montreal. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Joe5578 (talkcontribs) 23:46, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Wrong. Certain "direct" flights are to be included. For details, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Airports/page content, and decide whether this route should be included. HkCaGu (talk) 00:08, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

I took this flight from Geneva to Toronto a month ago. Everyone was taken off the plane in Montreal, sent through customs, picked up their luggage, dropped their luggage back off again, went through security again, and was re-loaded along with new passengers flying only Montreal-Toronto. It may have the same flight number all the way through, but in reality this flight does not seem to be really "direct". Just my experience, which is that this route is no different from a connecting route. (talk) 22:35, 24 July 2009 (UTC)

It operates the way all direct flights do, but has to operate under the laws and regulations of Canada Border Protection Services. On all flights entering Canada, passengers must clear customs at the point at which they first touch down in Canada. In your case, the flight was routed Geneva-Toronto, but because of the intermediate stop on the route, you had to clear customs. This can be annoying, but it is still a direct flight as per schedule. JPark99 (talk) 07:23, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

Negative! There is no such direct flight between Geneva-Toronto and it is only listed as a Geneva-Montreal flight. Check for the latest flight schedules and you will see that the flight is not listed as a direct flight. 1900Driver (talk) 07:23, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

Just to make it clear, Toronto does NOT serve Geneva and Brussels directly. It includes a stop in Montreal, where passengers deplane and re board the aircraft, regardless of the common flight numbers. Please review the Wikipedia:WikiProject Airports/page content in detail.

"Direct flights are not always non-stop flights. However, avoid listing direct flights that contain a stop at a domestic hub, as virtually all of these are simply flights from one "spoke city" to a hub, with the plane continuing from the hub to a second spoke city. Furthermore, these flights often involve plane changes, despite the direct designation. Including these flights dramatically increases the length of destination listings, artificially inflates the airline's presence at a location and requires constant updating, as these "timetable direct" destinations have little rhyme or reason and may change as often as every week or two."

Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport[edit]

The GTAA website calls it "Toronto Pearson International Airport", not "Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport". Anyone feel like moving this? Or am I missing something? Ground Zero 13:44, 20 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I think a move would be appropriate. --NormanEinstein 15:18, Jun 20, 2005 (UTC)
The airport's official registered name is "Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport" according to the official aviation publications from Nav Canada, including the Canada Flight Supplement and the Canada Air Pilot dated 17 March 2005. "Toronto Pearson International Airport", "Toronto/Pearson" etc., are short forms, like "T.O" for Toronto. The full name is awkward for a marketing-oriented web site like the GTAA's (even Transport Canada often abbreviates it in reports to "Pearson", "Toronto/Pearson", "Toronto-Pearson", etc.). David 18:23, 2005 Jun 20 (UTC)
The official name of the airport is "Lester B. Pearson International Airport." (LBPIA) -- SNIyer12(talk) 19:25, Jun 20, 2005.
We need to decide on what source to trust here. The GTAA web site generally uses "Toronto Pearson" (and variants) for brevity; the official registered name in NavCanada publications is "Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport", which also has the advantage that you know where the airport is located from the title. David 21:09, 2005 Jun 20 (UTC)
I trust Lester B. Pearson International Airport (LBPIA), because that's the official name of the airport. -- SNIyer12(talk) 01:08, Jun 21, 2005 (UTC)
The source is really mass confusion. I trust "Lester B. Pearson International Airport" because that's what is registered with Transport Canada. -- SNIyer12 01:15, Jun 21, 2005

Maybe when you last lived there, but I was there last July & in February - the name has been quietly changed - find something CURRENT to support the longer name or make the change to what the official GTAA site says is the FULL name --JimWae 01:16, 2005 Jun 21 (UTC)

It's been over 3 days since the move was first proposed & no one has objected or raised any reason at all not to make the move. Since Toronto Pearson International Airport already exists, we'll need an admin to delete that page in order to make the move. I tried with TPIA, but just messed things up a bit--JimWae 04:06, 2005 Jun 25 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport ->Toronto Pearson International Airport. The FULL name of the airport is NOW (& has been for some time) "Toronto Pearson International Airport": See —Preceding unsigned comment added by JimWae (talkcontribs) 01:11, 21 Jun 2005

Add *Support or *Oppose followed by an optional one sentence explanation and sign your vote with ~~~~
  • Support - --JimWae 17:46, 2005 Jun 21 (UTC) - according to the best source available, the GTAA FAQ, that is now the FULL name
  • Support. GTAA website only uses TPIA now. Even if LBPIA is "official", Wikipedia generally uses the commonly used names for things and people, i.e., Joe Clark, not "Charles Joseph Clark". Ground Zero 17:53, 21 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • Support. Gets rid of the "/" which is always a bad thing to have in a page name. Philip Baird Shearer 20:08, 21 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Moved. -- Infrogmation June 29, 2005 04:12 (UTC)


Add any additional comments

Terminal plans[edit]

I don't know if I should be writing this, especially with regard to the requested name change stuff. I'll just give it a shot. Would it be okay to add more info about the Airport Development Project? I find that to be the most interesting aspect.

Also, the current terminal section states that the T-New and T3 will be joined into a super-terminal. From what I recall of many ADP articles, the plan is to eventually tear down T3 and replace it with a continuation of the T-New structure. This may have changed with 9/11 and the recent downturn in the aviation industry, though. Any thoughts on this? -- 20:47, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I am going to add some info as well - I'm working here for the General Contractor on the TDP (site office for Pier F and Hammerhead F). cheater 16:20, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

I feel that this article is in definate need of some more information on the ADP and what the GTAA plans to do with the airpor in the future. Greenboxed 23:42, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Landing fees[edit]

Today newspapers has indicated that the landing fees at this airport are the most expansive of the continent, twice those of for example NY.

  • actually, i think it's even worse than that. I've heard they are the most expensive in the world, more expensive even than the Tokyo airport.-- 17:31, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
    • the whole landing fee controversey isnt as bad as the media claims it to be. The GTAA charges one big fee for all their services, unlike other airports who charge a landing fee and then tons of fees on top of that for other things like ticket counters etc.... Greenboxed 23:07, 24 January 2007 (UTC)


I added a section and some info on the ADP. Greenboxed 01:22, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Some of this information is already stated in the new T1 section. Perhaps if this is rewritten to include the other work done at the airport (roads, cargo facilities, runways) it would be ok. Also it is too close to what is on the GTAA website, so it needs paraphrasing. -- Flyguy649 15:08, 28 January 2007 (UTC)


Some of the content in the History section is trivia, and should be moved or removed. -- Flyguy649 15:09, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

I've created a Trivia section; I'm not sure this info qualifies for inclusion here. Flyguy649 15:18, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Terminals 1 and 3...[edit]

There are now only 2 active terminals - do we know of any plans to rename Terminal 3 and/or put in a new naming system? Or will the current names remain with their incomplete numbering? Radagast 16:31, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

In the paper the other day (I don't recall if it was the Toronto Star or the Globe and Mail), there was a statement of "rumours" of a re-naming announcement in the coming months. I don't have a link to the article, and it's just that, a rumour. Flyguy649 17:42, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

Distance from Downtown[edit]

The article says that Pearson is 26 km (20 miles) from downtown Toronto. 26 km equals 16 miles, and 20 miles equals 32 kilometers. Can someone please verify how far the airport is from downtown, as at least one of the currently given distances is incorrect. --Deregnaucourt 14:57, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

I just did used Google maps to check this. The 26 km figure is correct from downtown, travelling on the Gardiner Expressway to 427 to airport. I'll fix the article to 16 miles. Flyguy649talkcontribs 15:25, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
Correction From city hall, it's a shade over 27 km/17 miles. Article has been changed both in Intro and Location and Access sections. Flyguy649talkcontribs 15:37, 19 March 2007 (UTC)


Can someone explain what a holdroom is in the article. Regards, -- 02:34, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

Separation of domestic/international flights[edit]

I've noticed that at a few airports (specifically JFK, EWR, ORD, YYZ and LAX) some airlines domestic and international destinations are separated. This is not set up in the standard form as set forth in the ProjectWiki Airport guide. Plus, when it's being done, it's inconsistent even within the airport page - i.e. at LAX, DL and UA destinations being seperated, but AA and NW remaining intact. So, stop doing it. Thanks.


The History section of the article is pitiful. It mostly talks about name changes, hits a few random events, and then suddenly mentions the closing of Terminal 2 and expansion of the new Terminal 1. The other terminals aren't mentioned until much farther down in the article. At least the history section should give the opening and closing dates of all the terminals as well as explaining that T1 isn't the original T1. 05:43, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

I'm new to Wikipedia. I agree with the comments above.Bzaoral (talk) 01:10, 14 August 2012 (UTC) --Bzaoral , talk 05:52, 14 August 2012 (UTC)--Bzaoral , talk 18:26, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

Here's what I found:

  • Chronology per Fading History Vol. 2 by Dave Cook - Chapter 9 "Pearson....a Toronto Island backup" ISBN 978-0-9734265-3-3 2010 published by David L. Cook[1] --Bzaoral , talk 18:26, 14 August 2012 (UTC)
  • 1935, government of McKenzie King merged Dept. of Railways and Canals and Dept. of Marine into Ministry of Transport. The act came into force November 2, 1936.
  • Feb 1935, Ottawa announced its intention to build a 'million dollar, world class airport' in Toronto. Sites under consideration included Baker Field (W of Dufferin, S of Lawrence) and the Toronto Flying Club (E of Dufferin, N of Wilson Street).
  • May 1935, Toronto City Councillors voted 11 to 9 in favour of building an airport port on Toronto Island.
  • 1935-1936 Department of Transport Minister C.D. Howe scouting location north of Toronto with enough room for 5,000 foot runways.
  • 1937 agreements drawn up. Total purchase of 1045 acres (693 for Airport, 108 acres for National Steel Car and 243.73 for Department of National Defense (for British Commonwealth Air Training Plan military base). 13 Farmers expropriated.
  • 1937 construction commences in Malton.
  • 1937. Contract for administration building and terminal awarded to Brannan Construction Company. Contract for paving of runways awarded to Armstrong Brothers Construction Company.
  • August 1938. Malton Airport officially opens. The Chapman Home is the first office and terminal.
  • 1939. A wooden terminal replaces the Chapman house. This terminal is identical to the one on Toronto Island. --Bzaoral , talk 18:26, 14 August 2012 (UTC)
  • ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • Malton: Farms to Flying by Kathleen A. Hicks pg 132-137 2006 ISBN 0-9697873-9-1 published by Friends of the Mississauga Library System[2] --Bzaoral , talk 18:26, 14 August 2012 (UTC)
  • April 1937 Land agents representing the Toronto Harbour Commission approach the farmers of Malton who own Lots 6-10 on Concession 5 and 6 to acquire land for Malton Airport. The farmers were: W.A. Cripps, D.J. Lammy, M. Brett, A. Schrieber, Mrs. Thomas Osborne, W. Martin, R.H. Peacock, J.H. Perry, F. Chapman, J. Dempster, Rowland Estate, H.C. Death and F. Chapman.
  • The Chapman Home is the first office (staff of 175) and terminal.
  • 1939. A frame terminal building is built and used until 1949.
  • 1949. TCA builds new terminal and frame building is now used for operations and administration.
  • 1951 and 1954. 2000 more acres purchased.
  • 1962. Another 1000 acres purchased. Total acreage is now 4,428 acres.
  • February 28, 1964 - Terminal 1, aka 'the Aeroquay' opens
  • 1971 First phase of Terminal 2 opens for Charter Flights — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bzaoral (talkcontribs) 01:39, 14 August 2012 (UTC) --Bzaoral , talk 18:26, 14 August 2012 (UTC)
  • January 1991. Terminal 3 (Trillium 3) opens. --Bzaoral , talk 05:52, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

External Link[edit]

Link to Malton:Farms to Flying in PDF format.--Bzaoral , talk 18:29, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

  • =================================================================
  • The photo "Malton Airport in the 1930s" is actually The Toronto Flying Club located on north side of Wilson just east of Dufferin Street - not Malton.Bzaoral (talk) 01:10, 14 August 2012 (UTC)--Bzaoral , talk 18:29, 14 August 2012 (UTC)
  • ================================================================= --Bzaoral , talk 18:27, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

Trivia about old T1[edit]

I just found out that a photo of the old Terminal 1 was included on the Golden Record sent into space on the Voyager spacecraft.


The actual photo can be seen at I don't know how to properly format for wikipedia, so I would appreciate it if someone deemed whether it is worthy of addition, and add it. Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:28, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

The code[edit]

Cant it be TPA? —Preceding unsigned comment added by IloveTrains (talkcontribs) 18:06, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Why would they want to go to all the expense of changing it? CambridgeBayWeather Have a gorilla 14:22, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Could the article include an explanation of how YYZ became the code? JamesMLane t c 03:09, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

Not sure how the codes for some airports are derived. If a source explaining how CYYZ got the code could be found then it should be included. CambridgeBayWeather Have a gorilla 16:49, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

Criticism section[edit]

This has been removed several times because it is nothing but a collection of unsourced weasel words. Please do not re-add the content unless you can provide reliable sourcing that the specific criticism is widespread. Harry the Dog WOOF 08:36, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Instead of deleting this article, try rewriting the thing so its better content. It is widespread, check here and this clearly show that. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Messiisking (talkcontribs) 19:44, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
Online forums are not reliable sources. Do not re-add until reliable sources can be found. And avoid weasel words, e.g. "Some people think", "many people feel" etc. Harry the Dog WOOF 05:21, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Yes, i know online forums aren't the best sources, but everybody on them writes terrible reviews on them. That's passenger's opinions, and i don't care where it's published, its still good content of what one felt of the airport. Also, the fraud scam at Toronto Airport should be added source: and Toronto Star is a news network.>> Messiisking (talk) 17:03, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Please read WP:SOURCE. Harry the Dog WOOF 06:44, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Famous Passengers[edit]

Comment on Famous Passengers: The Beatles preceded Jimmy Hendrix. They used the original and new Terminal 1. This happened before its official opening and at a time the general public was still using the old Malton terminal. It was a sneak move to avoid the hysterical fans. Source: personal memory. AvHistoryGuy (talk) 23:03, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

Pascan Aviation[edit]

They are to begin flights on 16 March to Rouyn-Noranda, Sherbrooke and Val-d'Or as per this and check-in is at Landmark Aviation but I can't quite see how to fit that in the airlines/destination section. Enter CambridgeBayWeather, waits for audience applause, not a sausage 23:13, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

are tenants really necessary?[edit]

Toronto_Pearson_International_Airport#Cargo_operations? see WP:NOTDIR LibStar (talk) 04:30, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Spam or references[edit]

I just removed 45., 46., 47. and 48. from the reference section. I couldn't see what they were supposed to be referencing and they appeared more like spam to me. something lame from CBW 07:45, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

It is unquestionably spam, since the links are poorly formatted. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 16:06, 8 February 2010 (UTC)


I changed YYZ to redirect here, as it seems (to me) to be a clear primary use of the term. Hopefully others think this is sensible! --RFBailey (talk) 04:44, 28 February 2010 (UTC)

Delta CDG/AMS[edit]

Hey this message is for the author of this page, I have previously made changes to the Airlines and Destinations list and it keeps being removed. I am telling you once again that Delta does provide service from Pearson to Amsterdam and Paris. I have flown both of the routes in the last two months, they are new and not many people know of them considering it is unusual for an American Carrier to serve a non-stop route from Canada to Europe but none the less they do exist. I do not mean to cause any harm to the page but this is a fact, check Delta's route map. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jetblack18 (talkcontribs) 01:14, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

You were on an Air France plane. We don't list codeshares here. HkCaGu (talk) 02:15, 19 March 2010 (UTC)
Also, AMS is on codeshares per WP:AIRPORTS. Snoozlepet (talk) 23:41, 5 November 2010 (UTC)

Notable visitors and miscellanea[edit]

Some of these are not that notable. How is a toddler falling off a railing to death notable? How is the inclusion of the airport in a children's television program featuring a defunct airline notable? Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 04:19, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

I removed the toddler death, since it does not capture worldwide attention. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 15:44, 10 July 2010 (UTC)
More work needs to be done on this. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 01:15, 1 May 2011 (UTC)


This service is provided twice weekly via Montreal by Air Transat. It is a same plane service. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:49, 15 June 2010 (UTC) Yes check.svg Done Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 02:16, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

Doubled image[edit]

Is there a reason we have two images of one sculpture (Tilted Spheres) in the article? Would someone like to remove one (prefereably the second (File:Richard-Serra-Tilted-Spheres1.jpg)), or am i alone in thinking it's a bit of overkill? Cheers, LindsayHello 07:29, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 16:34, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

AC flights to GVA and BRU[edit]

I was led to the thinking that AC routes YYZ-YUL-GVA and YYZ-YUL-BRU do not qualify GVA and BRU as destinations from YYZ because YUL is AC's domestic hub. However, upon further research, I think they do qualify at least eastbound if not both ways.

YYZ-YUL features frequent flights with small planes, so AC 830/831/832/833 are notable exception using B767-300s, the same aircraft flying transatlantic. Furthermore, these YYZ-YUL flights by B767s only fly on the days those transatlantic flights fly. Additionally, when I looked at the gate numbers at least for today (May 8), all four aircraft parked at YUL's swing gates, which can be resectored to domestic or international concourse when needed. I'm not sure eastbound passengers even have to leave the plane. And finally, these two wide-bodies are a couple hours apart, one arriving after the other has departed, so it's not like the UA or DL hub at NRT where planes and flight numbers can be exchanged.

So just like some YYZ-YVR-Asia routes, I believe GVA and BRU qualify for listing, at least from YYZ. HkCaGu (talk) 06:30, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

There is a similar situation for the Australian tag on flights. QF19/20 for example going SYD-BNE-MNL is a internaional terminal to international terminal flight for the domestic leg. Through passengers get off the plane, get rescreened into the departure areas, and then reboard the same plane one hour later. The same applies for QF81/82 going SYD-Adelaide-Singapore, and the varied Jetstar SYD-MEL tag on flights from the int'l terminal.
So in other words, I think the AC flights concerned, IMO should be listed, since it's a similar situation to the domestic tag-on international flights in Australia (the difference is that the Australian tag-on flights clear immigration at their final destination). Passengers get off at YUL, through passengers clear immigration and gets re-screened into the the same gate area again (last I've checked there was no need to re-check luggage at YUL, they pick up the luggage at YYZ). Since the arrival gate is a "swing" gate, the gate is then "swung" from a international gate to a domestic gate to allow the domestic passengers and international through passengers to combine. Sb617 (Talk) 08:05, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Thank you very much HKCAGU, put an end to this once and for all. --Gdandsnahb (talk) 16:27, 9 May 2011 (UTC)


I added a bunch of text on preclearance as I think it is a vitally important, and in many ways unique, aspect of the airport that requires more detail. You may find it needs more neutrality (I hate it) or references, but please do not delete the section. Transborder passenger or not, the massive preclearance facility at Pearson has a huge impact on the entire airport experience. Dgthom (talk) 18:34, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

Cargo section[edit]

The information there is a bit off mark, firstly this section should include only those airline that fly into YYZ using freighter aircraft such as Lufthansa Cargo, secondly it has airlines that do not serve YYZ such as JAL or bring in freight throught belly hold of passenger aircraft like KLM. I would suggest only freighter aircraft airlines be included per norm as at all other airport articles on wiki. (talk) 06:44, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Air Canada does not operating seasonal flights to Tel Aviv[edit]

Air Canada doesn't operating seasonal flights to Tel Aviv, The Airline operating flights to Israel all the year. Karparthos, please give some proof for your claim. --Swiss Man2 (talk) 15:24, 15 October 2011 (UTC)

Unreferenced claims / Info without source removed and clutter cleaned up[edit]

I removed several paragraphs of unreferenced information from the history section of this page. It was full of spelling mistakes, grammar errors, repeated information and information that sounded more like an advertisement than a source of general information. I attempted to keep as much information as I could, and tried to find sources and references for the unreferenced material if possible, which I was unable to do for the content that I removed.

This page has been getting extremely cluttered, with random pictures placed throughout the article that do not represent what the article is about, which is the Toronto Pearson Airport. I think we need pictures of the actual airport itself rather than planes landing at the airport, and several old pictures of empty fields showing the property where the airport now stands before it was built.

I'd be happy to hear any comments on my edit

JPark99 (talk) 08:09, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

I agree with parts of your edit and don’t agree with other parts; especially the History Section, the removal of photograph and their references."
Of the photos retained, some are located in the wrong sections.
Since it is near impossible to revert the article without losing your positive edits, here is what I would propose to fix the Pearson Airport History section.
Bzaoral , talk 03:42, 3 January 2013 (UTC)



Looking north on Sixth Line (Airport Road)...Malton Airport C1938. National Steel Car and Village of Malton Four Corners can be seen in the top right quadrant[3] pg 159

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. [3]

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.[3] The farmers who sold their land under the purchase agreements were:

The F. Chapman Farm House - the first terminal and office at Malton Airport[4][3]
  • Mrs. Thomas Osborne - 100 acres (Conc. 6, Lot 10)
  • Robert H. Peacock - 100 acres (Conc. 6, Lot 9),
  • Frank Chapman - 100 acres (Conc. 6, Lot 8)
  • Rowland Estate - 100 acres (Conc. 6, Lot 7)
  • Frank Chapman - 50 acres (Conc. 6, Lot 6)
  • A. Schrieber - 100 acres (Conc. 5E, Lot 10)
  • W.A. Cripps - 200 acres (Conc. 5W, Lot 10)
  • Wilbur Martin - 100 acres (Conc. 5E, Lot 9)
  • David J. Lammy - 150 acres (Conc. 5W, Lot 9)
  • Mack Brett - 150 acres (Conc.5W, Lot 8,9)
  • John H. Perry - 100 acres (Conc. 5E, Lot 8)
  • Lydia Garbutt - 100 acres (Conc. 5W, Lot 8)
  • John Dempster - 100 acres (Conc. 5E, Lot 7)
  • Horace C. Death - 99 acres (Conc. 5E, Lot 6) [4][3]

The Chapman farm house was the first office and airport terminal[4][3]


The second terminal, a standard wood frame building, was built in 1938. The airport at the time covered 420 acres (1.7 km2) with full lighting, radio, weather reporting equipment, two hard surface runways and one grass landing strip. The first scheduled passenger flight to Malton Airport was a Trans-Canada Airlines DC-3 that which landed on August 29, 1939.[5]

The second terminal and administration building at Malton Airport C1943. The Toronto Harbour Commission constructed this wood frame terminal in 1939[4] pg 133. This terminal was a twin of the terminal on Toronto Island.

From June 1940 to July 1942, during the Second World War, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) operated No. 1 Elementary Service Flying School (EFTS) at Malton Airport.[6]


A third "TCA" terminal was built along Airport Road in 1949 to replace the second wood frame terminal.[4] It could handle 400,000 passengers a year and had an observation deck on the roof. Further expansion saw the expropriation of land near the town of Elmbank. The runways were 11,050 ft (3,368 m) runway 5/23 (used for test flights of the CF-105 Arrow (Avro Arrow) fighter from the Avro Canada plant); 14/32, a 11,475 ft (3,498 m) runway (replaced by 15L/33R); and 10/28, a 7,425 ft (2,263 m) runway that now is a taxiway.[7]

In November 1958 the City of Toronto sold the airport to the federal Department of Transport; in 1960 it was renamed Toronto International Airport.[8]

Malton "TCA" Airport 1960. This was the third terminal at Malton Airport and was built in 1948-49. It was demolished after "Aeroquay One" came on-stream in 1964. The crowd of people are watching the planes come and go from the observation deck.

US Border Pre-clearance[edit]

Pre-clearance was invented at Pearson in 1952 as a convenience to allow it to connect as a domestic airport to the many smaller airports in the United States that, at that time, lacked customs and immigration facilities. It was at first a service performed by U.S. Customs agents at the gate. US Federal Government concerns over smuggling between pre-cleared and non-cleared passengers at Toronto Pearson (who at that time shared mixed terminal space) nearly ended the program in the 1970s until a compromise was reached that called for segregated facilities. Today Pearson handles 8 million passengers through it's USA customs and immigration pre-clearance facilities per year, which is roughly one quarter of all passenger traffic at the airport. [9]

1964-2004 (Original Terminal 1)[edit]

The third "TCA" terminal was demolished in the late 1960s and replaced by the Terminal 1 (T1) building. The original T1 (also called Aeroquay One) had a square central structure housing ticketing and baggage facilities topped by a parking garage with about eight levels and ringed by a two-storey passenger concourse leading to the gates. It was designed by John B. Parkin and construction took place between 1957 and 1964. Aeroquay One was officially opened February 28, 1964 by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.[4]

A view of Toronto International Airport in 1973, showing the original Terminal 1 or Aeroquay One (now demolished)

Aeroquay One (the Original Terminal 1) ceased operation on April 5, 2004.

1972–2007 (Terminal 2)[edit]

Considered state-of-the-art in the 1960s, Terminal 1 became overloaded by the early 1970s. Terminal 2, originally intended as a freight terminal, opened as a passenger airline terminal on June 15, 1972. Initially it served only charter airlines, but it became the hub for Air Canada passenger flights on April 29, 1973.

Terminal 2 had a facility for United States border preclearance and handled both domestic and international transborder traffic. Domestic traffic was moved to the new Terminal 1 when it became operational, leaving Terminal 2 to handle international traffic to the United States for Air Canada and its Star Alliance partner United Airlines.

The airport was renamed to Lester B. Pearson International Airport in 1984, in honour of Lester B. Pearson, the fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Operationally, the airport is often referred to as Toronto Pearson.

A passenger tunnel with moving walkways at the northwest corner of Terminal 2 connected it with Terminal 1.

Terminal 2 saw its last day in operation as a passenger terminal January 29, 2007, and airlines moved to the newly completed Pier F, or Hammerhead Pier at Terminal 1 the following day.

Demolition of Terminal 2 began in April 2007 and concluded November 2008.[10]

1991–Present (Terminal 3)[edit]

Terminal 3 opened in 1991, to offset traffic from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

As part of the National Airports Policy, management responsibilities of the Toronto Pearson were transferred from Transport Canada to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority in 1996. The GTAA commenced a C$4.4 billion Airport Development Program with focus on terminal development, airside development, infield development, utilities and airport support facilities to occur over a 10-year period. Work began to replace Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 with a new Terminal 1, which along with a Terminal 3 would become the two passenger terminal facilities at Toronto Pearson.

To accommodate its growing aircraft volume, substantial redevelopment of the airside and infield systems took place. Cargo facilities were added in the centre of the airport between the parallel north–south runways, to increase capabilities and to offset the loss of the cargo facilities that were removed for the new terminal.[11] Two new runways were built to increase the number of aircraft that Toronto Pearson can process. A north–south runway, 15R/33L, was added and completed in 1997. Another east–west runway, 06R/24L, was completed in 2002.[12]

After the September 11 attacks, Toronto Pearson was part of Operation Yellow Ribbon, as it received 19 of the diverted flights that were coming into the United States, although Transport Canada and Nav Canada instructed pilots to avoid the airport as a security measure.

2004–present (New Terminal 1)[edit]

The new Terminal 1 opened its piers D and E April 6, 2004. Bzaoral , talk 03:42, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

What am I Missing?[edit]

Before I change anything, I would like someone to please tell me what I am missing here. The following claim is made in the lede:

Pearson is one of only two airports in North America, the other being John F. Kennedy International Airport, with scheduled flights to all six inhabited continents.

​A similar claim is made in the JFK article but for all I know it was added by the same person. A few simple three-word googles shows that there are as many or more flights from ORD and LAX to places like Cairo, Sydney, and Rio than there are from YYZ. (Just one example). Which of the "six inhabited continents" does JFK and YYZ only have "scheduled flights to?" Wikiddingme (talk) 09:11, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

YYZ and JFK both have scheduled direct flights to Australia (Qantas operates flights #107/108 on the SYD-LAX-JFK-LAX-SYD route, and Air Canada operates flights #33/34 on the YYZ-YVR-SYD-YVR-YYZ). They both also have scheduled flights to Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and North America. That is 6 inhabited continents, and they are the only two airports that can currently make that claim. JPark99 (talk) 18:14, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Cleaning up and improving the article[edit]

Over the last while I've been trying to clean up and improve this article. I have ended up removing some text, specifically the entire history of Terminal 3 as it is repeated almost word for word in the Terminal 3 section under 'Terminals'. I also removed the 'Airport Observation' section completely, as it didn't contain anything to do with the airport other than information on where tourists can watch planes taking off and landing. In general, I'm trying to clean up the article without deleting any real information pertaining to the airport and it's operations.

I'm be happy to hear feedback or suggestions about my edits. Thanks!

 JPark99 (talk) 17:40, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

History section[edit]

The history section painstakingly lists all the farmers who sold their land, and the size of each of their lots. Could it be trimmed to: "several farmers sold lots ranging in size from 50 to 200 acres"? Thanks. Magnolia677 (talk) 21:00, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

I like the list better, it's more descriptive & informative than adding "several farmers sold lots ranging in size from 50 to 200 acres". ///EuroCarGT 23:11, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
This article is about Canada's largest airport. It gets over 25,000 views per month. Listing the names of each farmer who sold land for the airport--all 14 of them--as well as how many acres of land they sold, unbalances the article with insignificant trivia. That Wilbur Martin sold 100 acres of Concession 5E, Lot 9 would be better suited in article about the history of the airport. Magnolia677 (talk) 03:33, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

I agree with EuroCarGT; I like the the list better. I don't think the information is trivial; it indicates the total land originally acquired and from whom. This information is not readily available anywhere else and connects the point that farmer Chapman's house was used as the first terminal. Besides, there is no separate article about the history of the airport. Bzaoral , talk 16:38, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Wilbur Martin's 100 acres is trivial. But I agree there's probably enough information available for an article on the history of the airport. Please consider creating one. Magnolia677 (talk) 18:18, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
Someone should create History of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 02:37, 5 August 2014 (UTC)