Press release

September 27, 2017

TORONTO, CANADA - As a part of our commitment to mitigating noise impacts for residents who are negatively affected by aircraft noise, the GTAA commissioned a Noise Management Benchmarking and Best Practices study. The purpose of the study is to determine what successful measures other international airports have taken to reduce the impacts of operational noise. The study looked at 11 areas of noise management at 26 comparator airports around the world to identify potential new programs to be adopted at Toronto Pearson.

Recommendations from this study will be used to help inform the GTAA’s updated five-year Noise Management Action Plan, which will be released before the end of 2017. This plan will include recommendations from both NAV CANADA’s Independent Toronto Area Airspace Noise Review and the GTAA’s Noise Management Program Benchmarking and Best Practices Study. The goal of the updated Action Plan will be to balance the impacts of aircraft noise on our neighbours.

As a more immediate step, the GTAA will begin work on a quieter fleet incentive program. This incentive program, which was recommended in both the GTAA’s Best Practices study and NAV CANADA’s Independent Toronto Area Airspace Noise Review, will become an important cornerstone of the GTAA’s new noise management program. The quieter fleet program will encourage air carriers to retrofit or retire aircraft that are noisier and, or, cause a higher degree of irritation for community members, such as the noticeable whine created by the Airbus 320 series. We will be working with our airline partners towards implementing this program in the next 18 to 24 months.

Read the full Noise Management Program Benchmarking and Best Practices report

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