Toronto Pearson International Airport has unveiled its redesigned 80,000ft² pier in Terminal 3. The renovated facility has been developed to support future passenger numbers at the airport, which are expected to grow from nearly 39 million passengers in 2014 to 60 million by 2030. The pier features five bridged gates and four walkout gates, and can handle 2.9 million WestJet passengers per year.
“The newly re-opened pier was designed with the passenger experience front and center,” said Scott Collier, vice president, customer and terminal services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).
“Passengers want a comfortable chair to sit in, they want to charge their devices and be able to connect to wi-fi, and they want views overlooking the airfield. This concourse delivers all that and more.”
Canadian elements are integrated into every aspect of the redesigned pier. The pier connector has a photography installation that features artwork from six Canadian photographers. Inside the pier, there is an architectural representation of Niagara Falls, which uses elements such as blue-hued floor tiles and acrylic wall panels textured to suggest water, and chandeliers that resemble dancing bubbles.
The pier also features new local retailers and craft beers. The Drake General Store, set to open in late June, is located on level two and offers a curated collection of items from local artists and designers unique to Toronto. In The Distillery passengers can enjoy a pint of Mill Street beer and pub style food.
Toronto Pearson is currently undertaking a C$140m (US$115m) project to revitalize Terminal 3 to offer an enhanced experience for the thousands of travelers and employees who pass through the terminal every day. The Terminal 3 Enhancement Project, scheduled for completion in 2017, will improve passenger flow, introduce new and refreshed facilities and retail offerings, and better meet the needs of airport users today and in the future.