Here’s what could cause noise increase for some areas near Pearson Airport in Mississauga


Published May 11, 2023 at 4:38 pm

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Two runways at Pearson Airport in Mississauga are getting repair work and upgrades done, which could lead to a slight increase in noise for some residential neighbourhoods near the airport in the coming weeks.

The latest noise advisory issued by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which operates Pearson, is in effect starting May 10 and notes that an increase in aircraft noise could occur in some areas as work is being completed on several runways at various times of day.

Runway work often leads to increased aircraft takeoffs and landings on other landing strips at Pearson for a short period of time, thereby creating additional airplane noise over other neighbourhoods.

The GTAA says the latest runway work targets two of Pearson’s three east-west landing strips, 05/23 and 06R/24L.

The former (05/23), which closes nightly for runway lighting inspection, is set to get a full LED lighting upgrade that will make the inspections unnecessary.

Work on that strip will continue through the spring and early summer, GTAA officials say.

Meanwhile, runway 06R/24L is closed for surface repairs, which will continue daily through June 30, the advisory notes.

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 GTAA says its 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.”

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

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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