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Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

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Lester B. Pearson International Airport, PO Box 6031, 3111 Convair Drive, Toronto AMF, Ontario L5P 1B2, Canada. Location: The airport is located 27km (17 miles) northwest of Toronto / Airport code: YYZ.

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      24.11.2008 15:31
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      The airport serving the City of Toronto.

      Lester B. Pearson airport is located approximately 17 miles northwest of the city of Toronto, Canada in the town of Mississauga. This was the airport I flew to and from when I recently took a holiday to Toronto. I flew with airline Air Transat but the airport serves many airlines including Air Canada (for whom the airport is the main transfer point), West Jet and Sunwing Airlines.

      The airport It is Canada's busiest and largest airport and has three terminals, with a Link train between terminals 1 and 3, and five runways. In actual fact, the airport does not feel that busy and as long as your transport drops you off at the correct terminal then there is not much walking ground to cover either.

      When I arrived at the airport on my flight from the UK it was only a short walk to the nearest transport area. There were plenty of luggage trolleys available and several areas where taxis could be booked. I chose to take the Airport Shuttle bus out to the city as this bus drops tourists off at all these major hotels in Toronto:

      Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
      Fairmont Royal York (Union Street, Strathcona)
      Intercontinental Hotel (Front Street)
      Holiday Inn on King
      Sheraton Centre
      Metropolitan Hotel / Chestnut Residence (U of T)
      Toronto Bus Terminal
      The Delta Chelsea Inn
      Bond Place

      The bright yellow Airport Express bus picks you up at your terminal and the fare costs $29 Canadian dollars return or $17 single. The bus is luxurious and clean. I found the driver to be pleasant and there is relaxing music piped through the bus.

      You can also get no. 192 bus, the Airport Rocket which runs daily to Toronto. There are other bus services available too. See this website for more information:

      http://www3.ttc.ca/

      Car and taxi routes lead off from Highway 427 or 407.

      I had to spend more time at the airport on my return home. Check in was a relatively quick process and there were helpful staff in the area reducing queues.

      I was travelling with a person who has a bad leg and needs to sit down regularly. It was then that this became a problem. There are hardly any seats in the area before you go through to the departure lounge. It was very uncomfortable. There were people sitting on the floor. The facilities in this area were scant too. There were a couple of cafe-restuaurants which did not serve anything more exciting than pizza and hotdogs. There were also a couple of magazine/book stores and a few gift stores, one specialising in jewellry and fine art pieces. If you have a while to wait prior to going through to departures you are in for an uncomfortable period!

      Once through into the departure lounges there is a lot more to do and places to sit and wait. There are bars, cafes and lots of shops selling souvenirs and things to keep you busy on the flight. There is a fair bit of walking to do until you reach the gates and an extra security measure but overall the departure lounges are very good. There are several toilets all within easy reach so no long treks!

      This airport was not one of the best I have been through but it was acceptable. I would suggest that they need to improve their facilities in the landside area - increase seating areas and provide a greater variety of stores and eating places.

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