Construction of a new $90-million aircraft hangar is underway at Toronto Pearson Airport.
Air Canada broke ground on the new facility this week. The hangar will support the airline’s ongoing expansion of its Toronto global hub. Once complete, the Hangar 5 building will cover an area equal to seven professional hockey rinks and accommodate five aircraft at one time.
“Air Canada is demonstrating its commitment to international expansion at its Toronto global hub by investing $90-million on this project to create a new hangar. We have grown our Toronto operations by more than 50% since 2009,” said Benjamin Smith, president, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “This building, our second major construction project in the Greater Toronto Area following the opening of a new $60-million operations centre in Brampton in 2013, will support Air Canada’s future growth by giving us state-of-the-art maintenance, storage and training facilities in an environmentally friendly structure.”
Once completed in April 2018, Hangar 5 will cover more than 127,000 sq. ft. under a 77-foot-high ceiling formed by the largest uninterrupted commercial hangar span in Canada. At capacity, it will be able to accommodate up to three wide body and two narrow body aircraft.
There will be approximately 150 work locations within the hangar office space area. On the floor, there will be five separate aircraft positions where technicians and storekeepers will work. The hangar also has multiple training classrooms able to accommodate 200 people and a cafeteria for 100 people.