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Toronto Pearson International

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) opened Pier F at Terminal 1 today.

September 19, 2007  By Carey Fredericks

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) opened Pier F at Terminal 1 today. This new international pier is home to 25 gates and increases the passenger capacity of Toronto Pearson International Airport by 7 million passengers. The airport is now in a position to handle 38 million passengers per year.

Pier F's opening marks the end of the eight-year Airport Development Program undertaken by the GTAA. In redeveloping the airport, the GTAA has introduced a new runway, taxiways, utilities, roads, bridges, an on-airport train system, upgrades to Terminal 3 and the introduction of new Terminal 1, which opened in April of 2004.

This milestone marks the closure of Terminal 2 and simplifies the transfer process for passengers at Toronto Pearson.

John Kaldeway, President and CEO, said, "By rebuilding Toronto Pearson, we are confident that we are now in a position to meet the demands of passengers – we are truly ahead of the curve when it comes to providing a facility that is worthy of the communities which it serves."


Construction on Pier F began in mid-2004 and took place as the old Terminal 1 was demolished. A small portion of Terminal 2 was also demolished to allow for construction of Pier F. The total budget for PierF,associated demolition and apron construction work was $800-million. The budget for the entire Airport Development Program was $4.5-billion, which was completed on time and on-budget without any government funding.

Toronto Pearson is operated by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. In2006, the airport handled 31 million passengers.


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