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    Runway construction complete

    Toronto Pearson returns to regular operation

    May 16, 2017

    TORONTO, CANADA - On Tuesday, May 16, construction on Runway 05/23 at Toronto Pearson International Airport was completed and the first aircraft to use the rehabilitated surface landed. The runway work, which began on March 28, was a critical infrastructure project, required for the safe operation of the airport today and in the future.

    "Our busiest runway is once again operational, and I would like to thank the community, our passengers and our valued airline partners for their patience and cooperation during this work," said Howard Eng, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). "Toronto Pearson is proud to be a part of the communities it serves. We are committed to continuous improvement in all aspects of our operation, including the way we engage with our business partners and residents on projects of this nature."

    The completed work on Runway 05/23 included removing the existing paved surface, subsurface repair and re-paving, as well as reconditioning of 1000 inset runway lights and the replacement of 420 kilometres of single-line paint markings. The around-the-clock work on this project means the runway is being delivered back to service on time, and in advance of peak summer travel. To further reduce construction impacts, planned construction on Runway 05/23 in the fall at Toronto Pearson has been completed and the fall closure period is no longer required.

    About Toronto Pearson

    Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto Pearson is focused on becoming the best airport in the world; enhancing the passenger experience, safety, security, supports the success of our airline partners. With more than 44 million passengers in 2016, Toronto Pearson is Canada's largest airport and second busiest North American international airport.

    The area around Toronto Pearson is the second-largest employment zone in Canada; it facilitates more than 6 per cent of Ontario's GDP and directly employs 49,000 people. Toronto Pearson believes being a good neighbour means balancing operations by engaging with communities that surround the airport. It strives to have a positive impact by investing in social good and community-building initiatives through its community investment program, The Propeller Project.

    For more information please visit Toronto Pearson on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

    Contact: GTAA Media Office | media.relations@gtaa.com | (416) 776-3709