Ever wonder what happens when it snows at Toronto Pearson? Our carefully designed winter operation helps to minimize the impact of that frosty weather and keep you moving safely and efficiently! Learn about our winter plan – from snow removal to deicing.
At 60 acres, Toronto Pearson's Central Deicing Facility is the largest, most technologically advanced in the world.
During inclement winter weather, there is very close coordination and communication between the airport, the airlines and NAV CANADA, who provide air traffic control services. Together, we work towards the goal of a safe and efficient airport. A number of components make up our winter plan, and help reduce inconvenience for our passengers and maintain safe performance during winter weather.
Deicing is the application of a heated glycol and water mixture to remove any snow, ice or frost from critical flight control surfaces on an aircraft.
At Toronto Pearson, there are more than 4.2 million square metres of airfield surfaces that require clearing during a snow event.
Anti-icing is a precautionary procedure that provides protection against snow, ice or frost on aircraft critical surfaces during winter weather.
Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada's busiest airport, is an industry leader in snow removal and deicing efficiency.
At an airport the size of Toronto Pearson, snow removal involves a large team of people and vehicles. Toronto Pearson has an established plan, including an inspection process done after snow clearing teams provide condition reports on cleared surfaces.