Pax Traffic At YYZ Hits 49.5 Million In Record Year

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

A total of 49.5 million passengers travelled through Toronto Pearson during 2018, an increase of 2.4 million passengers over 2017. 

The Greater Toronto Airport Authority says the growth reflects increased capacity of aircraft and new international routes, 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.

"As Toronto Pearson continues to evolve into one of the world's leading mega hubs, we are focused on careful planning and execution to ensure that the country and region can continue to count on Toronto Pearson for trade, tourism and economic growth,” said Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

“In 2018, these efforts were again reflected in passenger traffic growth of 5.0% or higher for the fifth year in a row to a record 49.5 million passengers,” Eng added.

The CEO says the growing number of passengers are also reporting a higher level of satisfaction with the airport.   

“We were honoured to be recognized by Airports Council International's Airport Service Quality program, for the second year in a row, as the Best Large Airport in North America for airports serving greater than 40 million passengers annually.  Additionally, Toronto Pearson's score of 4.45 is the highest passenger satisfaction score among airports serving greater than 40 million passengers annually in Africa, North and South America, Australia and Europe, highlighting our ongoing drive to respond to our passengers' needs."

The GTAA says additional frequencies on existing routes, upgauging of average aircraft size on existing frequencies, and the addition of new routes by existing air carriers have driven passenger growth in 2018. 

Passenger activity in the international sector increased by 2.1 million passengers reflecting 6.7% growth, while the domestic sector increased by approximately 300,000 passengers reflecting 2.0% growth.  

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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