Lester B. Pearson International Airport is inviting the public to a wake of sorts for one of its terminals, which is closing Tuesday after nearly 35 years of service.
Terminal 2, which opened in June 1972, will host its last passengers, bound for the United States on a9:30 p.m. flight, after which flight operations will be moved to Pier F at the new Terminal 1, said Scott Armstrong, a spokesman for the Greater Toronto Airport Authorities, which owns and manages Pearson.
Airport enthusiasts will be able to walk through the public areas of Terminal 2 on Sunday afternoon and attend a farewell event to mark its end, he said. A small photo display and a memory book will also be available for people to share their memories.
Employees of Air Canada have already paid their respects after holding a goodbye party for the terminalWednesday afternoon. One flight attendant said hundreds of former and current employees gathered at Terminal 2 to bid it a final adieu.
The closure is part of GTAA's eight-year, $4.5-billionairport redevelopment that began in December 1998, Armstrong said.
Beginning in April, the Terminal 2 building will be taken apart and the materials recycled, a project that will take 18 months, Armstrong said.
Last year, Toronto's Pearson airport handled 31 millionpassengers. Terminal 2's closuremarks the end of the airport's redevelopment, which is expected to allow it to handle an extra seven million passengers each year, Armstrong said.