Toronto Pearson air traffic return and airside maintenance

We understand that airport operations have an impact on the surrounding communities, and we work closely with our industry partners to make sure that noise management remains a central part of the conversation as the airport recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. 

Getting the information you need

Just as we work hard to give our passengers the information they need to travel confidently, we want to ensure that you have the resources you need to better understand the impacts that a measured return to air travel may have on your community. There are several ways for you to learn about operations overhead, notably a new tool called InsightFull, which can help you access information specific to your location.

In addition, you can: 


2021 Airside Construction update 

We encourage residents to stay up to date on upcoming airfield construction and airport activities that could have an impact on normal airport traffic operations and noise impacts on the community by checking out the Noise Advisory webpage

We wanted to draw your attention to two projects:

Bombardier Manufacturing Centre

Construction of Bombardier’s Global Manufacturing Centre continues at Toronto Pearson. The new facility is expected to create roughly 3,000 jobs and help to rebuild the Airport Employment Zone, which pre-COVID contained the second-largest concentration of jobs in Canada.  

This work has been ongoing since March 2021 with generally low impact and we’ve been sharing regular public updates, particularly through our Noise Advisory page

The construction work requires the closure of Runway 05/23. Effective August 1, 2021, the work will move to the nighttime period to accommodate increasing traffic levels during daytime operations and to minimize community impacts. This means that Runway 05/23 is not available during the nighttime period. This may result in greater use of the south end East/West runways as well as the  East/West maintenance preferential runways during the overnight period. This phase of the project is expected to be completed by the end of November 2021.  

Runway 23 threshold adjustment

Maintenance activities required to ensure continued safe airport operations will begin in mid-September and are expected to last until mid-October. The activities primarily consist of adjusting the Runway 23 threshold. 

The GTAA has worked closely with its many partners to develop a plan where the majority of the work will take place in the overnight period when Runway 05/23 is already closed due to the construction of the Bombardier facility. 

However, there will be still be a need for a daytime closure of just five days. North-South runway operations are anticipated for the duration of this five-day daytime closure in early October, which will impact communities to the North and South of Toronto Pearson. 

The GTAA regularly posts Noise Advisories to keep residents updated on airside work and how that may change operations, including the projects mentioned above. You can find the Noise Advisories on our website.


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