Toronto offers competitive N American gateway

While once an airport with one of the highest landing fees, Toronto Pearson International Airport has repeatedly lowered its fees as it ratchets up its competitiveness as Canada's key cargo gateway hub. By Karen E. Thuermer.

There are reasons Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) was awarded the world’s most improved airport for 2010 by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Unlike other airports around the world, the Toronto airport has been continuously reducing landing and terminal charges from airlines for the past three years. In 2007, the airport began lowering its landing fees for all cargo aircraft from C$35.09 (US$35.60) to C$20.14, effective 1 January 2011, a reduction of 42.6 per cent. Representatives at Air Canada, which operates main cargo facility YYZ and uses Toronto as its main hub, believe YYZ could be transformed into a leading global hub for other airlines. In 2001 YYZ completed its Cargo development Plan, which now comprises three dedicated cargo aprons totalling 232,258 square metres. There are no parking fees for cargo aircraft for the first six hours. YYZ offers a dual taxiway system with five runways, and is capable of handling cold weather conditions. At 24 hectares, its Central De-icing Facility is the largest in the world. Its six bays can accommodate 12 Code C or smaller, or six Code E/F aircraft simultaneously. Other factors: YYZ is a 24/7 operation, offers CAT111A capability, on site freight forwarding and, brokerage, onsite 24/7 Canada Customs, and a live animal facility. Besides being located along major highways linking Ontario to Quebec, New York State and Michigan, Toronto has the largest air freight market in Canada, and is home to over 250 freight forwarders, world class ground and ramp handlers. In 2010, Toronto Pearson was awarded the IATA Eagle Award as ‘Most Improved Airport’ worldwide for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to control infrastructure costs and related charges. Busy airport Toronto Pearson is not only the largest and busiest airport in Canada, handling the world in 2009 for aircraft movements. It’s by far the leading air cargo gateway in Canada.