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
Deicing is the application of a heated glycol and water mixture to remove any frozen contamination
adhering to critical flight control surfaces on an aircraft.
Anti-icing is a precautionary procedure that provides protection against contamination on aircraft critical surfaces during active weather events.
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.