The Toronto Pearson International Airport we know today was established in 1939 as Malton Airport. In later years, it was renamed Toronto International, then again as Pearson International Airport in 1984, when it was rededicated to Lester Bowles Pearson, the notable Canadian Prime Minister who was also a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Pearson International plays the role of gatekeeper for the multicultural urban cosmopolitan, and Canada. The airport sees almost 100, 000 passengers a day. In 2010, 30 million passengers passed through its doors, a third of which were international passengers.
This 2-terminal airport serves 75 airlines, and over 100 destinations. The two operating terminals, 1 and 3, both serve a mix of international, United States, and domestic flights. Industry heavyweights like Etihad, Emirates, and Korean Air, all fly to Pearson International.
To travel between the two terminals, Pearson International has a Terminal Link train service. The service is completely free, and operates 24/7, with a waiting time between four to seven minutes.
Arriving at the airport, you will have to clear customs and collect your baggage. There after, you will be able to find several modes of land transport to take you to your final destination.
Services and Facilities
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout both terminals, so passengers at the airport can stay connected to the world via laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
At the airport you will also find interfaith centers where passengers can enjoy some quiet time, pray, or reflect. This provides some respite from the noise and bustle of this busy airport. These centers also come with certified and qualified full-time chaplains who can provide counseling for passengers who feel they need it.
In this gateway to this multicultural country, you will also find a permanent collection of works by eight artists from around the world who were commissioned to great art pieces that captures the essence of aviation and Canada. The airport also has exhibition areas with changing exhibits.
To better cater to the passengers passing through Pearson International, the airport has a Plaza Premium Lounge. These lounges that can be found in both terminals, both departure and arrival, are pay-per-use lounges for passengers who wish to be more comfortable.
With flat-screen televisions, computer stations, breakfasts, coffee, a range of hot food choices, and a quality selection of liquor, beer and wine. Regardless of your airline, or your fare class, this lounge will become available to you if you are willing to spend that extra sum.
Whether you need a shopping fix or a last minute gift, a full meal or a quick bite, the retailers and restaurants at Pearson airport will be able to satisfy you.
If you need a hotel near the airport to rest for the night, there are several choices available to you. Comfort Inn Toronto Airport, Sheraton Gateway Hotel Toronto Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport, and ALT Hotel Toronto Airport, are a few options within a one-mile radius of the airport you might want to consider.