List of airports in the Greater Toronto Area

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There are eight airports in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA); two of which provide scheduled passenger service. The two airports, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, are located within the GTA. Two other airports, namely the Region of Waterloo International Airport and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, are passenger airports located in the outskirts of the metropolitan area. The four airports are included in the airport metrocode YTO, designated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Toronto Pearson is the busiest airport in Canada and a major hub in North America. Billy Bishop is small international airport located near Downtown Toronto used by regional airlines, civil aviation, and air ambulance traffic. Waterloo is a growing passenger service airport, which is also used for general aviation and flight training. Hamilton is the main reliever airport to Toronto Pearson and second busiest in Southern Ontario, providing regular service to destinations in Canada and the Americas, though mostly seasonal.[1]

Buttonville Municipal Airport formerly had scheduled passenger service from Ottawa operated by Bearskin Airlines, but it has been discontinued.

Existing airports[edit]

Entries in bold have scheduled passenger flights.

Airport name     ICAO/TC LID/IATA   Location   Coordinates  
Toronto Pearson International Airport CYYZ (YYZ) Mississauga, Toronto 43°40′38″N 079°37′50″W / 43.67722°N 79.63056°W / 43.67722; -79.63056 (Toronto Pearson International Airport)
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport CYTZ (YTZ) Toronto Islands, Toronto 43°37′39″N 079°23′46″W / 43.62750°N 79.39611°W / 43.62750; -79.39611 (Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport)
Buttonville Municipal Airport CYKZ (YKZ) Buttonville, Markham 43°51′44″N 079°22′12″W / 43.86222°N 79.37000°W / 43.86222; -79.37000 (Buttonville Municipal Airport)
Markham Airport CNU8 Markham 43°56′09″N 079°15′44″W / 43.93583°N 79.26222°W / 43.93583; -79.26222 (Markham Airport)
Downsview Airport CYZD (YZD) Toronto 43°44′34″N 079°27′56″W / 43.74278°N 79.46556°W / 43.74278; -79.46556 (Downsview Airport)
Oshawa Executive Airport CYOO (YOO) Oshawa 43°55′22″N 078°53′42″W / 43.92278°N 78.89500°W / 43.92278; -78.89500 (Oshawa Airport)
Brampton Airport CNC3 Brampton 43°45′37″N 079°52′30″W / 43.76028°N 79.87500°W / 43.76028; -79.87500 (Brampton Airport)
Burlington Executive Airport CZBA Burlington 43°26′30″N 079°51′01″W / 43.44167°N 79.85028°W / 43.44167; -79.85028 (Burlington Airpark)
John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport CYHM (YHM) Hamilton 43°10′25″N 079°56′06″W / 43.17361°N 79.93500°W / 43.17361; -79.93500 (John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport)
Region of Waterloo International Airport CYKF (YKF) Region of Waterloo 43°27′38″N 080°22′42″W / 43.46056°N 80.37833°W / 43.46056; -80.37833 (Region of Waterloo International Airport)

Water aerodromes[edit]

Airport name     ICAO/TC LID/IATA   Location   Coordinates  
Billy Bishop Toronto City Water Aerodrome CPZ9 Toronto 43°37′59″N 079°23′40″W / 43.63306°N 79.39444°W / 43.63306; -79.39444 (Toronto/City Centre Water Aerodrome)

Heliports[edit]

Airport name     ICAO/TC LID/IATA   Location   Coordinates  
Hospital for Sick Children CNW8 Toronto 43°39′00″N 079°23′00″W / 43.65000°N 79.38333°W / 43.65000; -79.38333 (Hospital for Sick Children)
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre CNY8 Toronto 43°43′16″N 079°22′14″W / 43.72111°N 79.37056°W / 43.72111; -79.37056 (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)
Tarten Heliport CPA5 Mississauga 43°39′07″N 079°39′29″W / 43.65194°N 79.65806°W / 43.65194; -79.65806 (Tarten Heliport)
Markham Stouffville Hospital CPH7 Markham 43°53′00″N 079°14′00″W / 43.88333°N 79.23333°W / 43.88333; -79.23333 (Markham Stouffville Hospital)
Credit Valley Hospital CPK6 Mississauga 43°33′41″N 079°42′09″W / 43.56139°N 79.70250°W / 43.56139; -79.70250 (Credit Valley Hospital)
Cardinal Couriers Heliport CPL8 Mississauga 43°37′53″N 079°39′53″W / 43.63139°N 79.66472°W / 43.63139; -79.66472 (Cardinal Couriers Heliport)
Wilson's Heliport CPY5 Toronto (Etobicoke) 43°37′04″N 079°33′49″W / 43.61778°N 79.56361°W / 43.61778; -79.56361 (Wilson's Heliport)
St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto) CTM4 Toronto 43°39′15″N 079°22′42″W / 43.65417°N 79.37833°W / 43.65417; -79.37833 (St. Michael's Hospital)
Brampton (National "D") Heliport CPC4 Brampton 43°50′00″N 079°42′03″W / 43.83333°N 79.70083°W / 43.83333; -79.70083 (Brampton (National "D") Heliport)
Brampton (National "P") Heliport CPM2 Brampton 43°48′47″N 079°41′59″W / 43.81306°N 79.69972°W / 43.81306; -79.69972 (Brampton (National "P") Heliport)

Proposed airports[edit]

There was proposal to develop a new, Pickering Airport northeast of the city, to complement Pearson on the west side of Toronto.[2] Versions of these tentative plans have been in existence since the early 1970s, and land for this proposed airport was expropriated by governmental authorities in 1972. However, continued and vociferous local opposition to the Pickering airport scheme has meant that nearly forty years later the airport was always in the discussion phase. That changed in June 2013 when the federal government announced the revival of the airport, but development is not expected to take place until 2027 to 2037.[3]

Historical airports[edit]

The following airports once served the area but have since been closed:

Airport name     ICAO/TC LID/IATA   Location   Coordinates   Current Use  
Armour Heights Field (Armoury Heights) Toronto 43°44′27″N 079°25′20″W / 43.74083°N 79.42222°W / 43.74083; -79.42222 (Armour Heights Field) Closed 1921 and re-developed as residential neighbourhood
Barker Field (Yorkdale) 43°42′54″N 079°27′22″W / 43.71500°N 79.45611°W / 43.71500; -79.45611 (Baker Field) Closed 1953 and now commercial property (Shell Canada gas station, Downsview Toyota dealership, Burger King, etc.)
De Lesseps Field (Mount Dennis) Weston 43°41′54.6″N 079°29′47.15″W / 43.698500°N 79.4964306°W / 43.698500; -79.4964306 (Downsview Airfield) Opened in 1910 as Trethewey Airfield at a canning shed; home to de Havilland Canada in 1928 until it moved to Downsview in 1929. Site now re-developed into residential neighbourhood.
Downsview Airfield Downsview 43°44′37″N 079°27′59″W / 43.74361°N 79.46639°W / 43.74361; -79.46639 (Downsview Airfield) Ceased as military airfield 1996 CFB Downsview and now Downsview Airport is a manufacturing facility for Bombardier Aerospace
King City Airport King City 43°54′21″N 079°33′35″W / 43.90583°N 79.55972°W / 43.90583; -79.55972 (King City Airport) Bought by construction company for commercial use. Tower and parts of runway remain.
Leaside Aerodrome East York 43°42′46″N 079°21′33″W / 43.71278°N 79.35917°W / 43.71278; -79.35917 (Leaside Aerodrome) Closed 1939 and later developed as commercial and industrial business park
Long Branch Aerodrome Long Branch 43°34′26″N 079°33′16″W / 43.57389°N 79.55444°W / 43.57389; -79.55444 (Long Branch Aerodrome) Closed 1919 and home to Lakeview Generating Station 1962–2007. Station demolished and being developed for homes, cultural and community use, as well as parkland along the waterfront.
Maple Airport Vaughan 43°50′36″N 079°31′37″W / 43.84333°N 79.52694°W / 43.84333; -79.52694 (Maple Airport) Closed 1987 and re-developed as residential neighbourhood
Toronto Aerodrome (Toronto Flying Club) Toronto (Sheppard West station) 43°44′56″N 079°27′39″W / 43.74889°N 79.46083°W / 43.74889; -79.46083 (Toronto Aerodrome) Closed after 1939 and later became the Sheppard West subway station
Willowdale Airfield Willowdale 43°46′11″N 079°25′36″W / 43.76972°N 79.42667°W / 43.76972; -79.42667 (Willowdale Airfield) Closed before 1940 and now York Cemetery, Toronto

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