Downtown Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport sees a lot of traffic, which often means a lot of noise.
But a report recently released by PortsToronto, the owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport), shows that overall noise complaints have gone down by 38 per cent in 2016.
The annual Noise Management Report states that in 2015, there were 386 complaints. Last year, just 236 complaints were filed. This is “due in large part to efforts to develop enhanced programs, procedures and infrastructure aimed at mitigating the airport’s noise impact on the surrounding community,” according to the report.
In addition, complaints related to the ferry and mainland operations declined by 89 per cent, with only three complaints filed in 2016 compared to 26 the previous year.
The Noise Management Report follows a 2015 Noise Exposure Contour compliance Report conducted by Transport Canada, which confirms that Billy Bishop Airport continues to operate within its strict Noise Exposure Forecast (“NEF”)— a metric that allows Transport Canada to predict a community’s response to aircraft noise.
“Operating an airport that is part of a thriving, mixed-use urban waterfront requires the right balance to ensure that operations keep pace with the surrounding community and that measures are in place to mitigate the impacts associated with running a successful airport,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President of PortsToronto and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport in a statement.
In 2016, Billy Bishop Airport welcomed 2.7 million passengers – representing a nine per cent increase in passenger numbers over 2015. The downtown terminal, located on the Toronto Islands, is Canada’s ninth-busiest airport.