Message from Lakeshore Planning Council regarding air traffic noise in Markland Wood, Alderwood, and Long Branch

Screenshot of Google Map view of Markland Wood

Screenshot of Google Map view of Markland Wood. Click on the image to enlarge it.

The Lakeshore Planning Council has on April 19, 2017 shared the following message:

We signed in for the Community Environment and Noise Advisory Committee (CENAC) meeting this evening [April 19, 2017] and obtained the following information.

(1) Use of the Pearson North/South runway, which has precipitated recent aircraft noise over Alderwood and Long Branch, is TEMPORARY, due to construction on runways which is scheduled during APRIL and MAY.

The construction, and therefore the recent aircraft noise, will cease during the SUMMER months, and be continued in the Fall (October) to complete the construction work.

There are no current plans or discussions to make the aircraft re-routing over South Etobicoke permanent.

(2) If you would like to track specific aircraft flying over South Etobicoke communities, go to

and click on WebTrak. Launch Webtrak and this provides a map showing specific moving aircraft. Moving your mouse over the aircraft gives info concerning the aircraft. There is a delay of about 10 minutes between the aircraft leaving the airport and then appearing on the map.

(3) If you would like to read reports, minutes of meetings of CENAC, and agendas for upcoming meetings, go back to

and on the menu on the left-hand side of the page click on CENAC (scroll down the page a little).

(4) Finally, there is a vacancy for a Toronto resident to be a member of the CENAC Board, if anyone is interested.

Hope this clarifies.


Updates from Jaan Pill

I attended part of the CENAC meeting at the GTAA building at the airport on April 19, 2017. It was a standing-room-only meeting. I will write a separate post about it.

A late-April 2017 CTV news report is entitled: “Runway construction at Pearson leads to ground delays.”

An April 21, 2017 Etobicoke Guardian article is entitled: “Etobicoke residents issued apology for Pearson airport flight noise: Operations to normalize following completion of runway rehab: GTAA.”


4 replies
  1. Craig
    Craig says:

    Very thankful that this noise will be suspended for the summer…and is not permanent….Thank you for the update…. important meeting I wasn’t able to attend..

  2. Rick
    Rick says:

    Thanks Jaan
    These aircraft are very annoying. I tried to have a brief conversation with a neighbour today, and 3 planes in a row flew over and we needed to stop our chat each time as we couldn’t hear each other. The fourth one basically ended our conversation. This was all within 5 minutes! I truly hope this is not permanent.


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