- Transport Canada / Transport Minister / MPs
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) which operates Pearson International Airport is seeking a "modest" increase in the number of flights that takeoff and land at Toronto Pearson between 12:30 AM and 6:30 AM.
While this request would be to the financial benefit of the airport and airline carriers, the detriment to local residents in the forms of sleep disturbance, other health effects and lower property values significantly outweighs any perceived benefits.
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An initial petition and comments were submitted to Transport Canada, the Minister, MPs and local officials in mid-December. An updated petition was also submitted on January 22nd.
We will keep the petition open until a final decision has been made by Transport Canada.
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We, the undersigned, respectfully request that The Honourable Minister of Transport and/or Transport Canada to deny the application of the GTAA to increase the night flight "budget" at Toronto's Pearson Airport.
Residents within the 10 nautical mile radius of Pearson are already subject to approximately 36 flights per night between 12:30 AM and 6:30 AM.
Even with the use of modern, quieter aircraft and current noise abatement procedures the resulting impact of the current level of flights is detrimental to the community and it's residents. These detrimental effects include but are not limited to sleep disturbance, general annoyance, air pollution and other health effects.
In 2010, Pearson handled 31.8 million passengers with 36 night flights. To contrast, Frankfurt Airport had 53 million passengers in 2010 and until recently was allowed only 17 aircraft movements between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM. This number has now been reduced to zero and pending review by the German Federal Courts.
Similarly, London's Heathrow Airport handled 65.8 million passengers with only 16 night flights. A 2011 report by CE Deflt on Heathrow’s night flights actually determined a movement of night flights to day-time hours would ultimately produce £600 million in socio-economic benefits.
Based on these statistics, we request that The Honourable Minister of Transport and/or Transport Canada deny the proposed night flight increase and further examine a reduction in the current number of night movements at Toronto Pearson.
We believe that more efficient use of daytime capacity and co-ordination with air carriers, use of alternate airports including Hamilton and Waterloo International Airports and other strategies would represent a more equitable solution.
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