Toronto Pearson is Canada’s busiest airport. In 2018, 49.5 million passengers travelled through the airport and 473,000 flights were handled. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson and believes being a good neighbour means balancing operations by engaging with communities that surround the airport.
The airport is the appropriate first place to contact about aircraft noise as many airports in Canada have been assigned the responsibility of noise management.
In the summer of 2016, NAV CANADA announced a review of Toronto airspace to determine whether all reasonable actions to reduce aircraft noise were being considered with respect to design and operation of the Toronto area airspace for aircraft operating in and out of Toronto Pearson.
NAV CANADA responded and accepted or partially accepted all the recommendations from the report. One of those recommendations was to publish the percentage of arrival flights achieving Continuous Descent Operations (CDO) performance at Toronto Pearson. CDO helps reduce the noise impacts on communities as a result of the aircraft descending on reduced thrust and in a quieter profile.