Toronto Pearson International Airport

international airport in Toronto, Canada

Lester B. Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ, ICAO: CYYZ), called the Toronto Pearson International Airport (or simply Pearson Airport or Toronto Pearson) is an international airport in the Greater Toronto Area.[1] The airport is 22.5 km (14.0 mi) northwest of downtown Toronto, in Mississauga.[2] The airport is named after Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Peace Prize winner and 14th Prime Minister of Canada.

The airport's IATA code, YYZ, may seem unusual at first. However, the code gets its last two letters, YZ, from the old railway station code for Malton, west of the airport. Most Canadian airports start with Y, which gives the code YYZ. YYZ is also the name of a song by the Canadian rock band named Rush.[3]



  1. "2006 Census: Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006: Findings". Statistics Canada. 13 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2019-09-25. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  2. "Chapter 14: Land Use". The Airport Master Plan (2000-2020). Greater Toronto Airports Authority. Archived from the original on 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  3. "Airport Codes".