Saturday, 14 September 2013

5 Busiest Airports in Canada 2012

Did you know where Canada's busiest airports are? How many have you visited? Do you have any favourites?

1. Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

Inuksuit (Toronto Pearson Airport)
  • Official name: Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Named for: Lester B. Pearson, the 14th Prime Minister of Canada
  • Passengers served in 2012: 34,912,456
  • Distance from downtown: 27 kilometres
  • Other airports: YYZ is the busiest of Toronto's main airports, but is the most remotely located; Toronto Billy Bishop City Centre Airport (YTZ) is located downtown (it's Canada's 9th busiest)
  • Trivia: YYZ is one of only two airports in North America with scheduled flights to all 6 inhabited continents; the other is New York's John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
  • Good news: Construction is underway on Metrolink's new Union Pearson Express, a rail link between Pearson Airport and Union Station in downtown Toronto; the UP Express will begin service in spring 2015
  • Transportation tip: Your best bet for a Toronto Pearson Airport transfer is a shuttle - full details on all options in our YYZ Airport transportation guide
  • Or, to arrive stress free, pre-book your private Toronto Pearson Airport transfer from IHateTaxis

2. Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

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  • Official name: Vancouver International Airport
  • Passengers served in 2012: 17,596,901
  • Distance from downtown: 12 kilometres
  • Trivia: YVR is one of the few big international airports to have a terminal for scheduled floatplanes:Vancouver Airport South
  • Transportation tip: The Canada Line SkyTrain, built for the 2010 Olympics, is your best option if you are heading downtown - details on all options in our YVR Airport transportation guide
  • Or, to truly arrive stress free, treat yourself to a private Vancouver Airport transfer from IHateTaxis.

3. Montréal Trudeau International Airport (YUL)

YUL U.S. Departures Sector
  • Official name: Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport 
  • Named for: Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada's 15th Prime Minister
  • Previously named: Montréal Dorval Airport
  • Passengers served in 2012: 13,809,820
  • Distance from downtown: 20 kilometres
  • Other airports: Montreal has a 2nd airport, Mirabel (YMX), but it is used almost exclusively for cargo flights
  • Trivia: Bombardier Aerospace has an assembly facility on site to build regional jets and Challenger business jets
  • Good news: there are plans to build a rail connection to downtown Montreal, but it will not be complete until 2020
  • Transportation tip: Your best bet for a Montreal Airport transfer is the 747 bus - full details on all options in our YUL Airport transportation guide
  • Or, to truly arrive stress free, treat yourself to a private Montreal Trudeau Airport transfer from IHateTaxis

4. Calgary International Airport (YYC)

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  • Official name: Calgary International Airport 
  • Passengers served in 2012: 13,638,137
  • Distance from downtown: 17 kilometres
  • Trivia: Calgary's airport was remarkably unscathed and remained operational during 2013's  devastating floods in the area
  • Good news: a new international terminal is under construction, due to open in 2014
  • Transportation tip: Your best bet for a transfer is a bus to nearby trains and Calgary's Bus Rapid Transit System - details on all options are included in our YYC Airport transportation guide
  • Or, to arrive stress free, pre-book your shared Calgary Airport shuttle from IHateTaxis now

5. Edmonton International Airport (YEG)

Central hall of CYEG
  • Official name: Edmonton International Airport 
  • Passengers served in 2012: 6,676,445
  • Distance from downtown: 26 kilometres
  • Other airports: Edmonton used to have a 2nd airport downtown (YXD), used for commuter traffic, but it closed in recent years
  • Trivia: the airport's Living Wall consists of 8,000+ plants, 32 different species
  • Good news: a new Renaissance by Marriott hotel is slated to open on-site in fall 2013, the first Renaissance hotel in the world to be attached to an airport
  • Transportation tip: there is a relatively new Edmonton Airport bus, but ridership is low, and there has been talk of the service being discontinued if it is not more widely used (so ride it if you go!) - details on all options included in our YEG Airport transportation guide

We hope you have enjoyed our feature on Canada's busiest airports. If you have an idea for an airport you'd like to see featured, especially if it has something unique about it's transportation, please let us know - we are always open to ideas!

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