In the first three months of 2017, Toronto Pearson experienced the largest ever first quarter increase in the number of total and international passengers. A total of 10.6 million passengers travelled through YYZ in the first three months of 2017, an increase of approximately 740,000 passengers over the same period in 2016.
During the three-month period ended March 31, 2017, passenger activity in the international sector increased by approximately 620,000 passengers reflecting 9.6% growth and the domestic sector increased by approximately 120,000 passengers reflecting 3.5% growth.
GTAA says this growth reflects increased frequencies on existing routes and aircraft capacity, the economic strength of the Greater Toronto Region, and the role of YYZ as Canada's largest airport and North America's second busiest airport in terms of international passengers.
"Toronto Pearson's strong performance in the first quarter of this year, particularly with regard to our significant increases in total and international passengers, is testament to our growing status as a vital connector of people and businesses," said Howard Eng, President and CEO, GTAA.
"The GTAA has planted the seeds for future sustainable growth—both for the airport and for the communities it serves," continued Eng. "Our vision for a regional transit centre, supported by our provincial government and our local mayors, will reduce congestion on our roads and take the airport to the next level in terms of passenger numbers, bringing even greater economic benefits to Southern Ontario."