A 'big' day for Toronto Pearson

    TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Today is expected to be a very 'big' day for
Toronto Pearson. In this case, 'big' translates to the largest passenger
aircraft ever built. At 3:45 p.m. this afternoon, history will be made when
the 486 passenger, double-decker A380 aircraft will touch down at Toronto
Pearson for the first time.
    "This is a tremendously exciting day at Toronto Pearson," said Lloyd
McCoomb, President and CEO of the GTAA. "We have been anticipating this
amazing aircraft for a long time and today will be the culmination of years of
work to get this airport ready to welcome an airplane of this magnitude."
    This flight signifies the first regular scheduled service of the A380
aircraft into Canada and Toronto Pearson is thrilled to be its first
destination. Emirates will offer this Toronto - Dubai service three times per
week - on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    With a fuel efficiency of less than three litres per 100 kilometers per
passenger, the A380 is one of the most efficient passenger aircraft in service
    The GTAA spent ten years rebuilding and redeveloping Toronto Pearson. It
has been rebuilt with the knowledge that larger aircraft such as the A380
would come to Toronto. The forward thinking that went into the airport
redevelopment now is paying off for passengers in the GTA in the form of
additional flight capacity on Emirates' busy Toronto-Dubai route.
    Emirates flight EK241 is expected to arrive in Toronto at 3:45 p.m. The
return flight to Dubai is scheduled to depart at 9:40 p.m. tonight.

    The GTAA is the non-share, not for profit authority that operates Toronto
Pearson. All revenue generated by the GTAA is reinvested back into the
airport. In 2008, 32.3 million passengers travelled through Toronto Pearson.

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For further information: GTAA Media Office, (416) 776-3709

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