World’s largest passenger plane makes emergency landing at Mississauga’s Pearson Airport


Published September 15, 2021 at 10:16 am

The world’s biggest passenger plane made an emergency landing late yesterday afternoon at Mississauga’s Pearson Airport, as Canada’s largest international travel hub has the ability to handle such huge aircraft. 

Pearson Airport has come under fire the past week or so from travellers complaining of lengthy waits and a general chaotic atmosphere, but the emergency landing just before 5 p.m. of an Emirates Airbus A380 is a reminder that Pearson is considered by many to be a world-class airport.  

The Emirates flight, which took off from Los Angeles en route to Dubai, made an unscheduled landing in Mississauga due to a medical emergency on board.  

The flight was redirected to Pearson, which, unlike many airports in the world, has the ability to handle such a large aircraft. The double-decker jet is equipped to carry more than 800 passengers, but generally houses in the neighbourhood of 500-plus. 

Pearson Airport is the second-busiest international air passenger gateway in North and South America, and the 30th-busiest airport in the world, handling 50.5 million passengers in 2019. 

The Airbus A380, which made its first test flight on April 27, 2005, is discontinuing production at the end of this year due to low demand from carriers. 

In November, Emirates will receive the last three A380s to be produced. 



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