Airplane noise may increase in coming days for residents near Pearson Airport in Mississauga


Published April 27, 2023 at 1:36 pm

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People living in neighbourhoods near Pearson Airport in Mississauga may notice an increase in aircraft noise in the next five days.

The latest noise advisory issued by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which operates Pearson, is in effect for April 26 to May 2 and notes that a short-lived increase in aircraft noise could occur in some areas as work is being completed on several runways at various times of day.

Residents who live near Pearson are being notified that routine runway maintenance, nightly runway lighting inspection, surface repairs, electrical work and other activities could lead to an increase in aircraft noise over their homes in the coming days.

The runway work often leads to increased aircraft takeoffs and landings on other landing strips at Pearson for a short period of time.

Such noise advisories are nothing new to Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto residents who live near the airport.

Many residents have been complaining for decades about the noise caused by hundreds of incoming and outgoing daily flights. 

The latest noise advisory indicates that routine maintenance, surface repairs, lighting inspection and electrical work are being carried out at the airport until next Tuesday (May 2).

GTAA officials say one of Pearson’s most-used runways, the east-west 05/23 strip, is getting a full LED lighting upgrade “that will remove the need for nightly inspection.”

“This is regular, scheduled maintenance that may consist of, but is not limited to, grass cutting, rubber removal, patching, electrical work and line painting,” airport officials said in their notice to residents.

GTAA officials say their Noise Management Office “periodically publishes advisories and notices for resident awareness of airfield construction, airport activities and engagement opportunities that could have an impact on normal airport traffic operations and aircraft noise impacts on the community.”

The next Pearson Airport virtual public meetings are scheduled for Sept. 14 and Dec. 7.

GTAA officials have said they’ve done their best in recent years to communicate with area residents with respect to the issue of airport noise. It’s been an ongoing concern for residents for decades.

Several public meetings, or noise forums, are held each year to engage residents in discussion and to hear their concerns.

The GTAA’s Noise Accountability Board is a working group that helps set the strategic direction of noise management at Pearson, including the delivery of the airport’s Noise Management Action Plan, officials say.

“We are committed to working with the communities around the airport to make sure that noise management remains a part of the conversation as the airport grows alongside our region’s diverse population and thriving economy,” the GTAA said earlier.

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