• Routine Maintenance

    At Toronto Pearson we spend a lot of time making sure that the airfield at Canada’s largest airport is kept in tip-top condition. We use a program of regularly scheduled maintenance to do this. All our runways get equal attention to keep them open and we work hard to minimize the impact of that maintenance on our operations and our neighbours.

    Work on the airfield can be divided into four categories: electrical maintenance; line painting; runway surface maintenance and grass cutting. To complete this maintenance, our runways need to be temporarily closed for workers to safely move around on the airfield. Each type of work is equally important and to make sure it is completed quickly and on-time, we combine different types of work in the same day, making optimal use of a temporary runway closure.

    Many types of routine maintenance have precision and safety standards that require them to be completed in the daytime to ensure adequate lighting for workers and the surrounding airfield. As a result, some of the planned routine maintenance cannot be completed at night. For example, line painting on the airfield requires such precision that certain jobs can only be conducted during the day to ensure safety regulations are satisfied. Electrical work that requires large sections of runway lighting to be deactivated can also result in confusion amongst pilots flying at night who rely on runway lighting for guidance.

    Visit our Noise Advisory page to stay up to date on upcoming runway closures.

    Learn more about how we complete routine maintenance work and what its impact might be on you:

    Electrical Maintenance

    Electrical Maintenance

    Maintaining the electrical components of the airfield is a 24/7 job that starts with nightly inspections of the airfield.

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    Line Painting

    Line Painting

    Equally as important as the system of powered lights and instrumentation on the airfield, pilots rely on painted line guidance on the tarmac to help them take-off, land and taxi safely.

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    Surface Maintenance

    Surface Maintenance

    As Canada’s busiest airport, it’s no surprise that the surface of our runways can get some wear-and-tear.

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    Grasscutting

    Grasscutting

    Cutting the grass at Toronto Pearson isn’t quite as simple as mowing your yard at home—and not just because we have more grass!

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