Press release

June 17, 2019

Paris, France - This week, representatives from Toronto Pearson International Airport join a delegation of southern Ontario’s airports for an international mission to the Paris Air Show. The delegation, hosted by the Southern Ontario Airport Network (SOAN), of which Toronto Pearson is a member, consists of airport representatives from several of the SOAN membership, including Hamilton, Sarnia, Peterborough and London, Ontario. Southern Ontario’s aviation community is also represented by economic development officials and municipal leaders including Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, head of the recently-launched Southern Ontario Municipal Aerospace Council.

While in Paris, the SOAN delegation, including Howard Eng, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), will meet with industry and government leaders, global aerospace players and business stakeholders, with a goal to raise awareness of the robust aerospace industry centered in Southern Ontario and to showcase the wide variety of unique facilities and assets available in this region.

“Southern Ontario’s airport assets are diverse and offer plentiful options for businesses to invest in our region,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO, GTAA. “Anchored by Canada’s most connected airport, Toronto Pearson, aerospace and aviation related businesses have the opportunity to operate in vibrant, growing communities while maintaining excellent access to the U.S. and global markets.” 
SOAN members will participate in the largest aviation trade show while in Paris, expected to draw more than 300,000 visitors, as well as 300 exhibitors, 290 official delegations from 98 countries and over 3,400 members of the international media.

To learn more about the Southern Ontario Airport Network and aviation opportunities in the region, visit


About Toronto Pearson International Airport Toronto

The GTAA is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. The GTAA’s vision is to make Toronto Pearson the best airport in the world. Towards this objective, the GTAA focuses on ensuring the safety and security of passengers and airport employees, enhancing the passenger experience and supporting the success of its airline partners. Toronto Pearson served more than 49.5 million passengers in 2018, making it Canada’s largest airport and the most connected international airport in North America. 

For the second straight year Toronto Pearson has been voted by passengers as the Best Large Airport in North America serving more than 40 million annual passengers, as recognized by Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program, the only global benchmarking survey that assesses passenger satisfaction at the airport on their day of travel. 

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