Toronto Pearson International Airport celebrated the reopening of its second-busiest runway, 06L/24R, following an eight-month-long rehabilitation project.
Planning for the project began in the spring of 2021.
The airport, which is named after Lester Pearson, Canada’s 14th prime minister and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957, has five runways in total. Three have an east–west alignment, while two have a north–south alignment.
The reopening was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the country’s transport minister, Omar Alghabra, the CEO of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, Deborah Flint, and local elected officials.
“As the busiest airport in Canada and one of the busiest in North America, the return of this runway at Pearson Airport will keep air passengers moving safely and smoothly in and out of the GTA,” said Alghabra.
Constructed in the 1960s, Runway 06L/24R is 9,697’ (2,956 m) in length and 200’ (61 m) wide.
The airport first opened in 1938 and serves as a hub for Air Canada, WestJet, and Flair Airlines.
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