Greater Toronto Airports Authority and airlines enter incentive agreements

A view across Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Robert Linsdell from St. Andrews, Canada, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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Toronto Pearson International Airport, managed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), is set to embark on a step towards enhanced performance and an unparalleled passenger experience.

The GTAA has recently forged strategic airline partnerships, paving the way for a unique rebate program that aims to redefine the aviation landscape at Canada’s busiest airport.

Unveiling the GTAA’s Rebate Program

In a bid to incentivize performance and elevate passenger satisfaction, the GTAA has inked partnership agreements with several airlines.

These agreements, representing a substantial 90 percent of seats at Toronto Pearson, promise a new era of excellence.

Airlines participating in the program stand to earn rebates by achieving specific passenger volume thresholds and excelling in operational performance metrics.

Notably, these metrics include on-time departures and prompt baggage delivery, reflecting the GTAA’s commitment to a seamless travel experience.


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View across Toronto-Pearson Airport
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Financial Sustainability Through Innovation

The GTAA has strategically crafted these airline partnerships to achieve financial sustainability through a dual-pronged approach.

Firstly, by incentivizing passenger growth, the program aims to propel Toronto Pearson to new heights as a preferred travel hub.

Secondly, the program is designed to curtail the expected rebates the GTAA pays to carriers, contrasting with previous long-term agreements set to conclude by December 31, 2023.

Competitive Aeronautical Fees

Toronto Pearson’s aeronautical fees, when coupled with the innovative rebate program, emerge as highly competitive on the North American aviation stage.

This not only positions the airport as a cost-effective choice for airlines but also reinforces its stature as a leading global hub.

The synergistic blend of cost efficiency and performance incentives solidifies Toronto Pearson’s standing among other major airports across the continent.

Three Years and Beyond

Each of these groundbreaking partnership agreements spans three years, commencing on January 1, 2024, with an added flexibility for the GTAA to extend for up to two additional years.

This strategic horizon ensures sustained collaboration, fostering a conducive environment for continuous improvement and innovation in aviation services.


The Greater Toronto Airports Authority’s forward-thinking rebate program marks a key moment for Toronto Pearson International Airport.

By aligning incentives with performance metrics, the GTAA is not only poised to drive operational excellence but also to fortify its financial foundation.

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In a bid to incentivize performance and passenger satisfaction, Toronto's GTAA has inked unique partnership agreements with several airlines
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