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Toronto Pearson International Airport, also known as Lester B. Pearson International Airport or simply Toronto Pearson (IATA:YYZICAOCYYZ), is a major international airport serving TorontoOntarioCanada. It is situated 27 km (17 mi) northwest of Downtown Torontoin the city of MississaugaOntario. It is the primary airport for a densely populated metropolitan region in southern Ontario including and surrounding the Greater Toronto Area known as the Golden Horseshoe.

Pearson is the largest[5] and busiest airport in Canada[3][4]. In 2008, it handled 32.3 million passengers,[4] 429,262 aircraft movements[3] and was the 22nd busiest airport by aircraft movements in the world. In 2006, the airport was selected as the best global airport by the UK-based Institute of Transport Management.[6]

Lester B. Pearson International Airport is the largest of four hubs for flag carrier Air Canada, making it a major Star Alliance hub airport[7][8][9][10]. It also serves as a hub for Air Canada JazzAir GeorgianAir TransatFedex ExpressSunwing Airlines and WestJet, and serves as a base of operations for charter airline Skyservice. The airport is operated by Greater Toronto Airports Authority as part of Transport Canada's National Airports System[11] and is one of eight Canadian airports with facilities for United States border preclearance.

An extensive network of daily non-stop domestic flights is operated from Pearson by several airlines to all major and many secondary cities across all Provinces of Canada[12]. It also has a very strong international presence, with 74 airlines offering non-stop or direct service to over 100 international destinations throughout the United StatesMexicoAsiaEuropeSouth AmericaCentral America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Oceania[13].

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