The Differences Between Toronto Pearson and City Airport


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Have you ever been to Toronto, Canada? Chances are, you’ve flown into Toronto’s main global airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, which is located roughly 16 miles away from Downtown Toronto. However, thanks to the UP Express train you can be downtown at Union Station within 25 minutes.

Toronto Pearson International Airport is a major hub for Air Canada and offers direct daily flights to London, Vienna, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Dubai and more global international hubs.

Two of its runways are over 11,000 feet in length and the airport can even accommodate the Airbus A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world. It’s a double decker plane and has a wider wing-span than most jetliners. The airport hosted over 44 million passengers last year.

On the flip side, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is a much smaller airport just off the coast of downtown Toronto. Its runways are roughly 3,000 feet long and can only accommodate smaller, regional airlines.

The main airline operating out of Toronto City airport is Porter Airlines, which operates the Bombardier Dash-8. That’s a regional plane fit for short-haul routes from Toronto to Montreal or New York, for example.

The benefit of Toronto City airport is — you guessed it — it’s much closer to the financial hub of Toronto than Pearson airport, a huge plus for business travelers who don’t want to waste time sitting in an Uber traveling to their destination.

Toronto City airport is actually on an island off the coast of Toronto. The airport dates back to the 1930s.

Have you been to Toronto City airport? Did you find it more convenient than Toronto International Airport? Let us know in the comments section.

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