Toronto, January 29, 2007 – Beginning January 30, 2007, all Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and Air Canada Vacations passengers will use Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson Airport when arriving or departing on U.S. trans-border flights. With the opening of the new Pier F at Terminal 1, all Air Canada’s U.S. operations will be consolidated with its current domestic and international operations in the terminal and Air Canada will no longer operate from Terminal 2.
“The new pier at Pearson Airport means that for the first time in many years Air Canada is located under one roof at its main operating hub. This will dramatically improve the customer experience through greater convenience, vastly reduced distances between gates and far easier connections,” said Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada. “We will be much better able to serve connecting domestic, U.S. and international passengers. It will also be a significant economic benefit to the region by making Toronto the premier North American gateway for travellers to and from the U.S., Asia, Europe or the rest of the world.”
Trans-border and international passengers passing through Pier F at Terminal 1 will find numerous features to simplify their travel. These include new check-in kiosks in locations convenient to the customer, new check-in counters, web check-in baggage drop-off counters and two new customer service counters. Air Canada is also opening two new Maple Leaf Lounges for eligible customers with seating for 286 people in the trans-border lounge and 245 people in the international lounge. These lounges will feature bars and bistros, business and entertainment centres, showers, quiet spaces for relaxation and striking contemporary design elements.
Air Canada and most Star Alliance partner flights will be gated at Terminal 1. Some regional flights will continue to be gated at the East Satellite Terminal, although these passengers will also transit through Pier F at Terminal 1 prior to boarding or after disembarking from their flights.
Air Canada offers travelers an extensive international network. Starting this summer, it will offer daily non-stop service from Toronto to Beijing, Shanghai, and Santiago, Chile. It also serves major European gateways, including daily service to Paris and increased capacity to Frankfurt and London with our new Boeing 777 aircraft.
Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz operate up to 706 daily arrivals and departures from Toronto serving more than 165 destinations. Air Canada combined with Jazz, has more than 12,200 employees based in Toronto.
Contacts: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal) (514) 422-5788
Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto) (416) 263-5576
Angela Mah (Vancouver) (604) 270-5741