Report on Airport Activities:
April 18, 2017
Markland Wood Homeowners Association
Increased Airplane Noise and Traffic During Runway Reconstruction
The Markland Wood Homeowners Association is receiving repeated sendings of an un-authored and unconfirmed internet message suggesting that the Greater Toronto Airports Authority is hosting a meeting on April 19, 2017 to review a permanent change in aircraft approaches to Lester B. Pearson International Airport. This unauthored and unreferenced message also indicates that the recent heavy use of the north/south runways is a trial by the airport authorities to gauge public acceptance should such a change from the dominant east/west air corridors be made permanent.
We have contacted GTAA officials. They confirm that they are holding their regular public meeting of their Community Environment and Noise Advisory Committee (CENAC), and that the agenda contains an update on the repair work being carried out on the east/west runways. This work requires much of the daily aircraft movement to be diverted to the two north/south runways, greatly increasing the air traffic arriving and departing on these runways. The vast increase in aircraft overhead has been very disruptive to the communities south of the airport in particular. There is no indication that this is a trial of citizen acceptance toward any permanent reassignment of runways at Pearson International.