Terminals 1, 2, 3 & “New” Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Ontario:
1989 to 1999
Toronto Pearson International Airport is Canada's busiest airport, handling 28.9 million passengers in 2000 with more than 1,200 arrivals and departures every day - or more than 426,506 aircraft movements. By the year 2020 - the number of travellers passing through the airport's gates is expected to reach 50 million. In 1989, with the first new terminal (Terminal 3) well into construction, Richard Talbot was engaged as the non-aeronautical revenues consultant for the mixed domestic and international Terminal 3 by the successful bidder, Airport Development Corporation. Although his involvement was too late to alter the location and basic design of the retail and other non-aeronautical components his input to the terminal architects, Scott Associates, resulted in significant re-designing of the retail component and, in particular, the entire servicing access. In addition his contacts within the retail industry resulted in ADC securing Harrods as their anchor tenant, other leading European airport retailers choosing Toronto as their North American entry point and several Canadian retailers selecting T3 as their first airport location. In 1991 Transport Canada announced the proposed privatization of Terminals 1 and 2. One of the leading bidders was Paxport Management Inc., an all Canadian consortium consisting of Bramalea, The Matthews Group and Air Canada. Talbot Consultants International Inc. was retained by Bramalea as their non-aeronautical revenue consultant. The tasking included the planning and analysis of all non-aeronautical revenues for the bid. In December 1992 Paxport was awarded the contract but, after the Federal election, the contract was cancelled and, in 1996, the airport transferred to the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA). Their Airport Development Program (ADP) is a 10-year, $4.4 billion plan. The focus of the GTAA's development program is the Terminal Development Project. It encompasses a number of individual projects, including the replacement of the obsolete Terminals 1 and 2 with a new single terminal; a new parking garage featuring more than 12,600 spaces and the realignment and expansion of associated roadways. The project is being completed in phases with a total budget of +/- $3.3 billion. When all work is finished Terminal “New” will contain a gross floor area of 82 acres with 258 passenger check-in counters. In September 1997, Talbot Consultants International was once again selected to provide retail consulting services (as part of a joint Canadian / US consulting team) for the development of Terminal "New". The project is currently under construction with the first phase of Terminal “New” successfully opened in 2004.
*(pictures courtesy of Scott Associates Architects Inc.)