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Calling All Volunteers – LINK Train Shutdown Trial

Ever wonder how Toronto Pearson plans for changes to our daily operations? Find out by participating in an airport trial.

Soon, Toronto Pearson will join the ranks of other world class cities with direct rail service between the airport and the downtown core. To allow for construction of the Union Pearson Express, the airport’s LINK Train is scheduled to be closed from March 19 to fall 2013. During the closure, a bus service will be provided.

The LINK Train offers 24/7 connections between Terminal 1, Terminal 3 and the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, and Viscount Station Value Park Lot and Garage. It is the vital artery that links passengers to their destination and employees to their employment, therefore it is important the bus service match the service provided today by the LINK Train.

Before the train temporarily shuts down, we are hosting a trial to check that our bus service and our contingency plans are in order.

When is the trial? 
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What is involved? 
We are looking for 150 community volunteers to play the role of Toronto Pearson employees or passengers to test the comfort, ease and timing of the bus service. Refreshments will be provided for all volunteers, and names of day-of volunteers will be entered into a draw to win an Ultimate Airport Tour.

How do I volunteer?
Travellers, neighbours, families, and high school students looking to complete their volunteer hours are all welcome to come out and join. As a volunteer for the Bus Service Trial, you’ll have the opportunity to see our plans put into action and have a chance to make your voice heard. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Why are we doing this? 
Improving regional transportation is important to Toronto Pearson. That’s why we added our voice to CivicAction’s Your 32? campaign. Congestion affects us all. Whether you’re a traveller or one of the 40,000 who work at the airport, reduced congestion means more efficient access to Canada’s largest airport, and more time with friends, family and things that matter most.

We are very excited about Metrolinx’s Union Pearson Express. Providing express, high-quality rail service between Union Station in downtown Toronto and Terminal 1 is a key component of The Big Move – Metrolinx’s strategy for a modern, efficient and integrated transportation system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The Union Pearson Express will be operational by 2015 for the Pan Am Games.

Automated Border Clearance Program – Good news for returning Canadians

A new automated border clearance process that makes it easier and faster to welcome Canadians home is now available at Toronto Pearson. The Automated Border Clearance (ABC) kiosks are a secure and innovative service designed to accelerate passenger screening and border processing. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who have a valid Canadian passport or permanent resident card now have the option of using an Automated Border Clearance kiosk upon their return to Canada.

To use the kiosk, travellers follow these simple steps:

  1. Touch the screen to get started. Scan your travel document.
  2. Insert your completed Declaration Card. Answer a few clarifying questions as required.
  3. Present your printed kiosk receipt and travel documents to a border services officer at the next checkpoint for verification.

Kiosks now are available in Terminal 3 and scheduled to be in Terminal 1 by March 2013. For more information on the Automated Border Clearance process   click here.

New Neighbours

Over the holiday season, Toronto Pearson saw a series of new store and restaurant openings. Next time you’re travelling through be sure to check the new offerings in the terminals!

Mark Your Calendars

  • February 13, 2014 Community Environment and Noise Advisory Committee – at this CENAC quarterly meeting, we will be giving an update on our new noise system, including the new WebTrak tool we’re working to have live by summer 2013. CENAC is from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at 3111 Convair Drive, Mississauga.
  • June 15, 2013 Toronto Pearson Runway Run: Planning is underway for Toronto Pearson’s Runway Run,our annual event where we invite the community out on one of our runways for a 5km run (or 2km walk), while we also raise money for a cause.  The 2013 Runway Run will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details towards the beginning of March.


SkyGreece Airlines, Direct flights from North America to Athens, Greece starting in Summer 2013

SkyGreeceA Canadian venture, SkyGreece Airlines, will join Qatar Airlines in 2013 in offering direct Athens-New York flights, and the Canadian company will also offer service to Montreal, Toronto and Chicago, giving a critical boost to Greece and adding another transport link.

The company will use Airbus A340-300 aircraft. SkyGreece Airlines said that the cabin crew will be Greek and their aim is use Greek pilots as well.

The agreement was signed in a meeting held at the home of the Greek Ambassador to Canada, Eleftherios Aggelopoulos’, with managers of the company. SkyGreece’s offices in Montreal will start operating the second week of December, and a few weeks later, the offices in Toronto will be opened. The New York office will open in February. The company’s office at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens is already open.

SkyGreece A340SkyGreece is planning to start a promotional campaign in January 2013 and intends to combine flights with cruise itineraries to the Greek islands in summer 2013. Skygreece Airlines was founded in October 2012. The company’s main mission is to re-unite the North American Diaspora with the Greek Homeland. It was founded by a team of entrepreneurs who have extensive careers in the aviation and tourism fields.

Qatar recently said it would begin the Athens-New York route in January, 2013, a welcome break for travelers after Delta Airlines, which had been providing the only direct route, said it would curtail winter service.


Toronto Pearson (CYYZ) Aviation Update

Latest Commercial Aviation News for YYZ

Air India has once more postponed the resumption of flights to Toronto .  The flights were to have resumed in March 2013.  No new date has been posted.

Ethiopian Airlines will resume twice weekly operation of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Toronto.  These flights will commence on January 15, 2013.

Egyptair will launch a new service to Toronto beginning in June 2013.

Cathay Pacific is planning to increase service to Toronto to 10 flights weekly in the summer of 2013.  All flights will be operated by 777-300ER aircraft.

Philippine Airlines has announced that beginning January 17, 2013 it will increase flights to Toronto from Manila from three a week to daily.

Aeroflot is set to resume flights to Toronto.  This will be the first time back to Toronto for Aeroflot since March 2009.   This service will begin in June 2013.

Saudi is expected to commence flights to Toronto in the third quarter of 2013 it was announced in Arab News.

FedEx’s Boeing 777-FS2 N892FD the Panda Express should arrive in Toronto sometime in March 2013. Two Giant Pandas are being loaned to the Toronto Zoo by China. Hopefully they will arrive via the FedEx Panda Express


British Airways announced it will be increasing its flights between Toronto and London Heathrow beginning on March 31, 2013. The three new weekly flights will be handled by B767-300s and bring the total weekly flights to 17.

LOT, the Polish flag carrier’s schedule beginning Feb 1,2013 will be via B787 Dreamliner service.

SkyGreece Airlines, a new airline based in Canada and with Greek-Canadian interests, is  planning to start direct flights from Athens to Toronto commencing May 2013.



Egyptair to Commence Cairo Toronto Operation

Toronto/Cairo Non-Stop Aboard Boeing 777-300ER

Egyptair Boeing 777-300ERWe have received confirmation via Egyptair’s website that beginning June 2013 they will commence four times weekly direct Cairo/Toronto return flights aboard their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

These flights were originally planned for 2011 but were put on hold by civil unrest in Egypt. Toronto/Cairo is being currently served by Egyptair through a code share arrangement with Air Canada with connection to Cairo from London Heathrow.