Press release

March 16, 2017

TORONTO — Toronto Pearson International Airport welcomes newly announced safety rules to prevent reckless use of model aircraft and recreational drones.

At Toronto Pearson International Airport, the safety of our guests and employees, community and country is at the core of every decision we make. Toronto Pearson supports today's announcement by the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, to introduce immediate safety rules to prevent reckless use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

When operated near airports, heliports, aerodromes and water aerodromes, the use of model aircraft and recreational aircraft presents an increased risk to aviation safety and to the people on the ground near the flight paths of such vehicles.

“Toronto Pearson welcomes the introduction of Transport Canada’s new safety rules for the use of recreational drones,” said Jennifer Sullivan, Director of Corporate Safety and Security at the GTAA. “The safety of our passengers is our top priority, and implementing proactive measures such as these is vital to mitigating against evolving safety risks. For its part, Toronto Pearson is a member of Airports Council International, which last year released an advisory bulletin to raise awareness among drone users of the safety risks associated with operating these devices near an airport. The end goal is to ensure travel to and from Toronto Pearson is safe, and the GTAA supports any practical initiative that furthers this objective.”

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. 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 six 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.

Contact: media.relations@gtaa.com

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