The Greater London International Airport Authority (GLIAA) was formed in 1995, and then negotiated lease transfer of the London International Airport in 1998. The not-for-profit Airport Authority has full operational and financial control of the Airport under the Federal Government’s National Airports Policy. Upon transfer in 1998, a terminal that was last renovated in 1964 was taken over. Between 2002 and 2003 over $19 million was invested and a new terminal building was unveiled to the public in November 2003.
London International Airport now ranks as the 12th busiest passenger airport in Canada, and the 11th busiest airport as measured by aircraft take-offs and landings. Our Airport is home to over 50 businesses and generates an economic impact to the area in excess of $623 million. In terms of employment, our Airport and associated businesses employ over 1200 individuals and ranks in the top 10 employers in the London area. From aircraft manufacturing at Diamond Aircraft, to fixed wing domestic or international flight training, to jet and piston aircraft maintenance, the London International Airport is a hub for general aviation services in Southwestern Ontario.
London International Airport operates for the general benefit of the public in the surrounding region. The airport operates in a safe, secure, efficient, and financially viable manner with reasonable user charges and equitable access for air carriers. The Authority has undertaken the development and promotion of lands located on airport property and is also involved in a co-venture with the City of London with the Skyway Industrial Park. Local businesses also rely on us for their cargo needs. With 24-hour operations, excellent infrastructure, 24-hour on-site Canada Customs, and outstanding road and rail links, air cargo is a growing and vital component to the Airport operations.