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Toronto Pearson Airport to close 2nd busiest runway for repairs starting April 2022

Air Canada C-Fivr stands on the tarmac at Toronto Pearson International airport in Toronto, Ontario on Friday March 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

Toronto Pearson International Airport says it will be shutting down its second-busiest runway for a full repair and rehabilitation starting in April for at least seven months.

In a notice posted on the torontopearson.com website, the airport says the rehabilitation project for its “east/west runway 06L/24R” is expected to be done in phases and will last until November or “late fall.”

“First built in the 1960s, this 3-km runway needs to be fully repaired due to the wearing down of its concrete sub-structure because of weather conditions, use and time,” the airport’s notice read.

“This project will extend the life of the runway by 30 years and enhance the safety of the runway.”

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The work comes as travel has ramped up following two years of the COVID-19 pandemic that halted or significantly reduced travel.

Toronto Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ont., saw a very busy March Break travel season as the country emerges into post-pandemic life.

“While scheduled flights will not be impacted, travellers may notice increased taxi times or longer waits at their gates at different points during the work,” a spokesperson for GTAA told Global News.

The spokesperson also said it worked with airlines in the early planning stages to reduce the number of hourly departures and arrivals during the project to help mitigate operational impacts.

The airport said communities near the airport can expect to hear more aircraft noise during the project. It also said there is no permanent airspace change associated with the project.

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