The largest and busiest airport in Canada, Toronto Pearson International Airport is now a main hub for major passenger and cargo airlines. We worked with the Airport Development Corporation in the 1980s on the original commission of the construction of Terminal 3. The terminal helped to position the airport as a world-class, state-of-the-art transportation complex and accommodated the needs of an exponentially increasing number of passengers and carriers. To be recognized as a global hub, the airport required a terminal that would provide for a high level of comfort through optimized guest experiences.
Inspired by historic grand railway stations, a dramatic entry space welcomes passengers. Dominated by a curved glass vaulted ceiling, this entry also serves as the main check-in and ticketing area known as the Grand Hall. Terminal 3 is a 24-gate, dual-pier terminal building with a 3,300-space parking garage, and a 500-room hotel. The site encompasses 53 hectares, 25 of which comprise the aircraft apron. The terminal’s 24 gates are situated along the main terminal building while a convenient tunnel connects a five-gate satellite terminal.