‘Holding Pattern’ is one of many works of art found throughout Terminals one and three. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is Canada’s largest and busiest. It’s the main hub for Air Canada, and was the first in the world to provide United States border preclearance. In 2018 over 75 airlines to more than 180 destinations across the world’s 6 continents arrive & depart from Pearson.
TAZEEN OAYYUM is a contemporary miniature painter and installation artist. In TORONTO her work has been shown at Pearson International Airport and the Textile Museum of Canada. Educated at the National College of Arts in Pakistan she has exhibited her work in Sydney, Honolulu, Rouen, Tokyo, Vancouver, Pakistan and TORONTO.
As TORONTO continues to grow and prosper, so does its airport. PEARSON INTERNATIONAL is having quite the year – 9.6-million people passed through in July and August alone. Traffic has grown by 6% in each of the past two years. The airport’s record in 2015 was 41-million passengers in total.
Canada’s position in the Great Circle Route flight path, and growth in the use of larger wide-bodied planes such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A-380 have helped boost Pearson’s standing among international airlines. Right now there are direct flights from TORONTO to nearly 70% of the economies of the world.
Pearson is Air Canada’s main hub and the second largest airport in North America serving international travellers – behind only JFK in NEW YORK. Air Canada has increased its marketing effort in the United States to encourage Americans to fly to international destinations through TORONTO, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.
<A Richard Serra sculpture on Pearson’s concourse>
<Air Canada jets waiting to depart on a frigid winter morning>
The first of 37 Air Canada Dreamliners arrived from Seattle on Sunday. The jet landed at TORONTO’s Pearson International Airport with 100 employees and 50 contest winners on board. By July there’ll be 3 of them in Air Canada’s fleet; 6 by year’s end; and more each year until the airline has a full complement of 37. Initially the Dreamliners will serve domestic routes and flights to London and Zurich.
Air Canada is hoping to draw more US business travellers to fly through TORONTO and VANCOUVER on their way to Europe, Asia and South America. The airline believes there’s a market waiting to be tapped in the US Northeast and Midwest. Direct flights to smaller Chinese cities – other than Shanghai and Beijing – are real possibilities.
<PHOTOS ABOVE – Air Canada & Canadian Press Images>