10 March, 2018

Toronto Pearson Named Best Large Airport in North America

Courteous and helpful staff and improvements to airport ambiance have inspired passengers travelling through Toronto Pearson in 2017 to award Canada's largest airport an Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award and the title of Best Large Airport, serving more than 40 million annual passengers, in North America by Airports Council International (ACI), the global organization representing the world's airports.

Airports Council International recognizes 
Toronto Pearson for Customer Service Excellence

"We've set our sights on becoming the best airport in the world," said Howard Eng, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. "Our passengers are the key to making that vision a reality, and we're grateful to them for taking the time to share their experiences with us.  Together, the 49,000 people who work at Toronto Pearson - not only for the GTAA, but for the air carriers, the government agencies, the retail establishments, and more - have all helped achieve this result.  We recognize that we have more work to do to stay ahead of other great North American airports, and compete with other large international airports around the world."

This award is a first for Toronto Pearson and comes at a time when the airport has invested in a number of measurable improvements to enhance the customer service experience, such as working with the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency (CATSA) to introduce new, faster CATSA Plus security screening; redevelopment projects in Terminal 3 to improve shopping and dining options and overall ambiance; and a focus on maintaining facilities to a high standard, particularly bathrooms, with many undergoing modern makeovers. From 28 new food and retail offerings, and updating greenery, artwork and fixtures, to being the first airport in the world to introduce MagnusCards digital card decks, an innovative wayfinding tool for persons with cognitive special needs, Toronto Pearson has introduced numerous passenger-focused updates in 2017 for an improved airport experience.

The gold standard for measuring passenger satisfaction, ACI's Airport Service Quality (ASQ) index is the only global benchmarking survey that assesses passengers' satisfaction while at the airport on their day of travel. Passengers are surveyed in strict accordance with the ASQ survey plan, which evaluates service quality at airports against 34 performance indicators across 18 elements of the passenger's airport experience including check-in, wayfinding, security, food and beverage, airport facilities and passport control. Now in its 12th year, the ASQ network delivers more than 600,000 surveys per year and served 343 airports in 2017.

Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto Pearson is focused on becoming the best airport in the world; enhancing the passenger experience, safety, security and supporting the success of our airline partners. Welcoming approximately 47 million passengers in 2017, Toronto Pearson is Canada's largest airport and second busiest North American airport for international traffic.

The area around Toronto Pearson is the second-largest employment zone in Canada; it facilitates more than 6 per cent of Ontario's GDP and directly employs 49,000 people. Toronto Pearson believes being a good neighbour means balancing operations by engaging with communities that surround the airport. It strives to have a positive impact by investing in social good and community-building initiatives through its community investment program, The Propeller Project.

(photos Toronto Pearson)
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