NAV CANADA, in collaboration with the GTAA, is implementing a new approach procedure at Toronto Pearson Airport. This procedure will support environmental sustainability and reduce noise impacts on communities in the Greater Toronto Area.
In late 2021, NAV CANADA launched a public consultation as part of this proposal to introduce airspace enhancements known as Required Navigation Performance - Authorization Required (RNP AR) for two runway ends at Toronto Pearson.
RNP AR provides the opportunity to design shorter, more direct arrival routes, enabling aircraft to turn towards the airport sooner. These procedures will support environmental sustainability efforts by significantly reducing greenhouse gases and the overflight of residential areas.
November 2022 Implementation
Based on the feedback from the 2021 consultation, and the anticipated benefits of RNP AR, NAV CANADA will implement the procedure starting November 28, 2022. The implementation includes some adjustments based on feedback that was received.
NAV CANADA anticipates a gradual and steady utilization of this innovative operation. When in use, residents can anticipate that some eligible aircraft will use the new procedures, which reduces flying time and greenhouse gases while leveraging quieter continuous descent operations.
As shared in consultation, some residents may observe changes to air traffic patterns:
- Northwest (Milton, Halton Hills, northwest Brampton and surrounding areas)
- Northeast (Vaughan, Caledon, Brampton and surrounding areas)
Over the long term, there will be opportunities to keep aircraft higher on the downwind, which brings benefits for communities southeast and southwest of the airport. Residents can learn more about RNP AR here.
Finally, as air traffic controllers familiarize themselves with the new approaches, there may be some change in runway usage when in an easterly configuration, including departures from runway 05 (impacting the northeast) and arrivals on 06R/L (impacting the southeast). This is temporary and limited to a few hours midday.
NAV CANADA again thanks all community members and stakeholders who participated in the consultation. The full detailed consultation report is available online.