Toronto is the largest city in Canada, with a population of nearly 5 million people. To serve the city and the neighbouring boroughs, the Greater Toronto area has a total of ten airports, five of which happen to be situated near North America’s fourth-largest city. Don’t believe it?

Here are five airports near Toronto to make your air travels more convenient:

1. Lester B. Pearson International Airport

Lester B. Pearson International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Canada. It is also a major hub for international passengers traveling to other cities in North America, Europe, and Asia.

The airport is named after the 14th Prime Minister of Canada, Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The Toronto Pearson airport is rated as the 31st busiest airport in the world handling close to 50 million passengers every year. One of the best features of the airport is its location, north of the city center. Toronto Pearson airport has five major runways serving nearly 75 airlines and managing 1250 daily departures to more than 180 destinations across the globe. It has two passenger terminals and additional cargo facilities.

It is the primary hub for Air Canada and also serves other smaller airlines, including WestJet, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, and the FedEx Express. With many convenient parking options near the airport, travellers can make their departures and arrivals with plenty of time to spare. The airport is also easily accessed by train, bus, taxis, and ridesharing agencies. Although it is commonly called the Toronto Pearson Airport, the majority of the airport is in the city of Mississauga, and only a small portion extends into Etobicoke.


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2. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is a small regional airport located on the Toronto Islands. The airport is named after Billy Bishop, a Canadian World War flying ace and World War II Marshall, but because of its location, it is also often referred to as the Toronto Island Airport. It was previously known as the Port George VI Island Airport and Toronto City Centre Airport.

The Billy Bishop Toronto airport is used by air ambulances, civil aviation and regional airlines that use turboprop planes. It is the 9th busiest airport in Canada. The airport is accessible via a pedestrian tunnel and ferry. Unfortunately, it has been ranked as the worst airport in Canada because of the quality of food, shops, and all-around poor service. Billy Bishop offers air service to many cities in NE USA and most of Ontario and Quebec. However, delays related to weather are very common and sometimes getting to the airport can take time because of the traffic.

For passengers who do not want the hustle and bustle of Toronto Pearson airport, Billy Bishop airport is an option.


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3. Buttonville Municipal Airport

Buttonville Municipal Airport in Markham is a small airport located about 30 km from the city center. This airport is operated by TorontAir and is easily accessible by public transport; in fact, passengers can even park their vehicles for free. The airport serves regional airlines and is protected by Canada’s Border Service agency. Buttonville airport is privately owned and faces intense competition from Pearson airport. It was categorized as the 20th busiest airport in Canada in 2014. Unfortunately, like every other airport on this planet, delays are common at this airport. It also offers limited services within the province.


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4. Downsview Airport

Downsview Airport is located in North York. In the past, it has served as a testing facility for the Bombardier aerospace. Bombardier emergency employees are trained here as firefighters, first responders, and airport security. The airport has been in existence for 90 years. It offers facilities for private flying aircraft. In addition, sometimes air ambulances use the airport. The airport is easily accessible to the public. However, it does not offer services to passengers who want to fly outside of Ontario.


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5. Markham Airport

Markham Airport is a private facility located just three miles south of Markham. The airport was founded in 1965 and had a single runway that accommodates small and private flying aircraft. It is owned by Wings of Flights and operated by Markham Airport Inc. However, the operations of this airport do not fall under the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). The Royal Canadian Air Cadets gliding program utilizes the northern side of the runway for glider operations in spring and fall. The airport is fast gathering fame as the place to learn how to fly airplanes.

No matter which of the above airports near Toronto you pick, it can be downright stressful just getting to the airport. But do you want to know three easy ways of arriving to the airport without having to run to the check-in desk? We have you covered:

  • Pack your luggage three days before the day of your departure.
  • Order an Uber or Taxicab a day in advance and double check their arrival.
  • Leave the house three to four hours before your scheduled departure.

While they are a convenient mode of transportation to global destinations, airplanes can be downright annoying. From the insufficient leg room to the egregious costs of a ticket (plus all those fees!), airplane travel can deter you from heading to Venice or Glasgow and just visit somewhere in your country. That’s why it’s great living in Toronto: You can head to Billy Bishop or the other four nearby airports without having to spend hours and hours getting to the airport.


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