Temporary closure of Runway 06L/24R

What you'll learn on this page:

Like all major infrastructure, our runways need regular maintenance to keep them safe.

Starting in early April 2022, Pearson will temporarily close east/west runway 06L/24R, the airport’s second-busiest runway, for a full rehabilitation.

This project will be one of the largest runway repair projects in the airport’s history. The work will be completed in phases and will last to late Fall.

First built in the 1960s, this 3-km runway needs to be fully repaired due to the wearing down of its concrete sub-structure because of weather conditions, use and time. This project will extend the life of the runway by 30 years and enhance the safety of the runway.

Project overview

The work is scheduled to start in early April 2022 and last to late Fall 2022. Impacts will vary with the nature of the work and how it affects operations.

We are working in close partnership with our industry partners and construction contractor to deliver a project that minimizes impacts.

Despite these efforts, communities near the airport, including those who typically have fewer aircraft overhead, can expect more aircraft noise during the project.

It is important to remember, there is no permanent airspace change associated with this project and any impacts are temporary and only for the duration of the project.

Project timelines and community impacts

 

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Dates

Early April to June, 2022

Late June to mid-September 2022

Mid-September to mid-November, 2022

The Work

West end of runway - full depth replacement and lighting upgrade of runway end and holding bay

Work on middle portion: full depth replacement and lighting upgrade of runway and adjacent taxiways

East end of runway - full depth reconstruction and lighting upgrade on runway, holding bay and adjacent taxiway

Runway Configurations

East/West runway usage expected;
strong likelihood of increased North/South usage

East/West runway usage expected; possibility of North/South usage

East/West runway usage expected;
strong likelihood of increased North/South usage

Community Impacts

  • Neighbourhoods Northeast and Southwest of the airport may experience an increase in aircraft overhead.
  • Neighbourhoods to the north and south of the airport may experience a noticeable increase in aircraft overhead
  • Neighbourhoods to the east and west of the airport can expect typical operations
  • Neighbourhoods to the north and south of the airport may see more aircraft than usual overhead but less than in phases 1 and 3

 

  • Neighbourhoods Northwest Southeast of the airport can expect an increase in aircraft overhead.
  • Neighbourhoods to the north and south of the airport may experience a noticeable increase in aircraft overhead

Project benefits

 

SAFETY

The project will ensure the continued safety of operations at Pearson, including the safety of passengers, employees and our communities 

   

WORKING GREENER

The project will include the use of recycled materials and upgrades to 1,800 LED lights, which will help enhance safety and reduce the carbon footprint of the runway.

Other environmentally friendly construction practices include using crushed concrete from the runway pavement removal for the sub-base and base materials, and recycled milling asphalt materials to build approach roads in the vicinity of the runway.  

 

BUILDING BACK BETTER

A strong Toronto Pearson will support a strong region, strong province and strong Canada, enabling foreign direct investment, trade, tourism and critical goods movement to keep Canada’s supply chain moving. This work will contribute millions of dollars to the local economy and create meaningful jobs. 

 

FUELING THE REGION

The runway rehabilitation project will create over 4,000 jobs and inject millions of dollars into Ontario’s economy, helping to spur a strong recovery for the region and the country.

 

MITIGATING IMPACTS

We have reduced airline slots and adjusted schedules for the duration of the project to mitigate operational and community impacts. We will continually reassess our approach for the duration of the rehabilitation to minimize impacts to communities surrounding the airport.  

Keeping you informed

Our commitment to you is to keep you informed of the latest updates on this page to help you plan ahead, so please check back regularly. Here are a few other ways to help you stay in the know:

Virtually attend our April 7 Pearson Public Meeting. These meetings are also taped so you will be able to watch/listen to them if you are unable to attend.

Call the Noise Management Office at 416-247-7682. Leave a voicemail and an Officer will return your call. Alternately, you may also visit our Noise Advisory page

Email a question or invite us out to you community for a briefing: community.engagement@gtaa.com

To learn more about airport operations and community impacts, please visit our interactive tool, InsightFull: airportnoise.torontopearson.com.

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For information about ongoing regular maintenance, please see our Noise Advisory page.

 

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