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LIFT program set to transform facilities and terminals over a decade or more

The wheels are in motion for Toronto’s Pearson Airport’s LIFT program, a capital plan worth billions of investment dollars that will span more than a decade.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) initiated discussions with design and construction companies on Pearson LIFT (Long term Investment in Facilities and Terminals) on the procurement, planning and vision of the program.

According to GTAA, Toronto Pearson executives will launch the first phase of a procurement process today at an industry forum for 700 participants from design, construction and technology industry companies.

Although Toronto Pearson has been meeting passenger need by deploying resources to many of its aged assets and facilities, GTAA admits that it is not a sustainable solution, with passenger traffic expected to grow to approximately 65 million annually by the early 2030s, a figure that takes the airport beyond its 45 million passengers in 2023. As such, Toronto Pearson Airport is making investments like LIFT to accommodate increasing passenger demand, with a focus on affordability, smart design and sustainability.

The first program of LIFT will focus on modernizing airport assets, including high speed taxi lanes to improve airfield performance, modernized airfield electric lighting and control system, interim terminal facilities, and investments in power generation to advance towards net-zero targets. These enhancements, says GTAA, will pave the way for Toronto Pearson to become one of the greenest, technologically advanced, and passenger-friendly airports in North America and globally.

Apr 17, 2024

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