Ever wonder what happens when it snows at Toronto Pearson? The GTAA has carefully designed an efficient winter operation, helping to minimize the impact of that frosty weather! In this section, learn about the components that make up our winter plan – from snow removal to our deicing facility.
During inclement winter weather, there is very close coordination and communication between the airport, the airlines and Nav Canada. Together, we work towards the same goal: to make sure the airport continues to move in a safe and efficient manner.
A number of components make up Toronto Pearson's winter plan. These operations help reduce inconvenience for our guests and maintain safe performance during winter weather.
Our Central Deicing Facility (CDF)
What is deicing? The application of a heated glycol and water mixture to remove any frozen contamination adhering to critical flight control surfaces on an aircraft. What is anti-icing? Precautionary procedure that provides protection against icing. Fast Facts: • We've got the largest CDF in the world!• Its six deicing bays can accommodate up to 12 aircraft simultaneously. • Deicing and anti-icing are vital in safe and efficient operation of aircraft. • Deicing can take two to 19 minutes, depending on the weather severity. • Our CDF's are located close to runways and taxiways, ensuring efficient traffic flow.
Snow Removal Snow removal is a process that involves many people and vehicles. Toronto Pearson has an established plan, including an inspection process done after snow clearing teams provide condition reports on cleared surfaces. Fast Facts:• At Toronto Pearson, 183 people are involved in snow clearing operations. • Six Runway and Taxiway crews and two Apron crews are dedicated to providing around-the-clock snow clearing services for the runways and taxiways. • All maintenance crews not on shift are on standby for the duration of the winter season. • Toronto Pearson has 89 pieces of snow clearance equipment and 13 snow melters. • Snow removal crews follow an established and rehearsed plan. • It takes about 15 minutes, on average, to clear a runway. • Up to 30 vehicles plow, sweep, clear and treat all airfield surfaces.