Press release

March 19, 2019

TORONTO, CANADA – The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport, welcomes today's report of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities titled “Assessing the impact of aircraft noise in the vicinity of major airports”.

The GTAA participated in the hearings held by the Committee during the development of this report, and shared details about the importance of Toronto Pearson to our local and national economy, as well as the important steps the airport is taking to work with government, industry and our neighbours to manage the impacts of aircraft noise as we grow.

We are pleased to see many of our own Noise Management Action Plan initiatives reflected in the report, including:

  • Working to implement recommendations from the Helios work we commissioned – the Noise Management Program Benchmarking and Best Practices Study – which, in fact, are the foundation or our 2018 2022 Noise Management Action Plan.
  • Our Quieter Fleet Incentive Program, which will target reducing noise at source, including working with our airline partners to make the A320 retrofit happen as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Introducing our new Noise Management Forums that will improve the way we work with community, elected officials, and industry experts in the interest of managing noise. This was developed based on recommendations from the Best Practices Report, as well as listening to the feedback of engaged stakeholders.
  • The Best Practices study also recommended we review our Night Flight Program. We’ve also heard from residents and elected officials that a review should be done. We have listened and have incorporated a review of our night flight restriction program, including a study of why night flights are important to the economy, in our Action Plan. This work is currently underway.

We look forward to working with Transport Canada as it considers the Committee's recommendations.

The GTAA is committed to open, transparent engagement with its neighbours, industry partners and governments.

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 and supporting the success of our airline partners. Welcoming approximately 47 million passengers in 2017, Toronto Pearson is Canada's largest airport and second busiest North American airport for international traffic.

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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