Press release

Airport to embark on studies of insulation, night flights, and a Quieter Fleet Incentive program

December 6, 2017

TORONTO, CANADA - Today, following a two-year process that included extensive community engagement, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) released "Growing Responsibly: The 2018-2022 Noise Management Action Plan."

The Plan outlines ten new commitments related to consultation, environmental responsibility, operational changes, monitoring and reporting aircraft noise, and industry collaboration that it commits to taking a leadership role in developing concrete action.

As Toronto Pearson grows, it will adopt the standards used by other leading international airports. It has already announced its plans to move toward a Quieter Fleet Incentive Program that will provide incentives to encourage airlines to use quieter aircraft, starting with the A320 series retrofit. The GTAA will also immediately explore its existing Night Flight Restriction Program in relation to other international airports around the world.

"Toronto Pearson strives to be the best airport in the world. We know this means being a good neighbour to the communities and region we serve. The Growing Responsibly Plan is a major step for us and is built upon the feedback received from residents across the GTAA. It makes quieter operations a major focus for our entire organization.” said Hillary Marshall, VP of Stakeholder Relations and Communications, GTAA.

The 2018-2022 Action Plan was created using inputs from the community, such as the recommendations from the Residents’ Reference Panel and the Survey on Noise Fairness and Airport Growth, as well as research studies, such as the Noise Management Best Practices Report, the Toronto Noise Mitigation Initiatives and NAV CANADA ’s Independent Toronto Airspace Noise Review.

Other measures announced in the Growing Responsibly Plan includes:

  • Investigating a new program to provide noise insulation to area homes, and air conditioning to neighbouring schools
  • A Fly Quiet Program that will score and rank airlines on measures such as aircraft type operated, and adherence to quieter operating procedures
  • Reviewing the community noise committee to make the necessary changes that meet its neighbours’ needs and expectations.

In addition, the GTAA has also announced an update on the status of the study of Idea 5 from the Toronto Noise Mitigation Initiatives. Idea 5 proposed a summer weekend runway alternation program for technical analysis. The GTAA applied the recommendations from Residents Reference Panel (RRP), one of the inputs from the Noise Management Action Plan, to the findings from the technical analysis of Idea 5 and found that an alternation program that includes the north/south runways does not meet the criteria of being predictable and meaningful for the community. Given this, the technical analysis for Idea 5 will explore an alternation program with only the east/west runways at this time. The GTAA expects to consult the community on this early next year.

Toronto Pearson is situated in one of the fastest growing regions in North America. Consequently, demand for aviation services is increasing. The Growing Responsibly Plan will help to ensure that the measures Toronto Pearson uses to mitigate noise are ambitious and reduce the impact of our operations on neighbouring communities.

"We know there’s a lot of work to do and we believe this Plan gives us a strong start,” said Marshall. “We look forward to working with Transport Canada and NAV CANADA, as well as the more than 65 carriers using Toronto Pearson International Airport to make better noise management a priority.”

To read the full report, please visit: torontopearson.com/en/publications.

About Toronto Pearson

Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto Pearson is focused on becoming the best airport in the world; enhancing the passenger experience, safety, security, supports the success of our airline partners. With more than 44 million passengers in 2016, Toronto Pearson is Canada's largest airport and second busiest North American international airport.

The area around Toronto Pearson is the second-largest employment zone in Canada; it facilitates more than 6 per cent of Ontario's GDP and directly employs 49,000 people. Toronto Pearson believes being a good neighbour means balancing operations by engaging with communities that surround the airport. It strives to have a positive impact by investing in social good and community-building initiatives through its community investment program, The Propeller Project.

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Contact: GTAA Media Office | media.relations@gtaa.com | (416) 776-3709

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