First Public Meeting on Runway End Safety Area (RESA) at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on July 17 at George Brown College – Waterfront Campus

Toronto (June 27, 2024) – PortsToronto will host the first of two public meetings on Wednesday July 17, 2024, in the Auditorium at George Brown College – Waterfront Campus, as part of its work to implement the Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs) for Runway 08/26 at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
 
There will be two meeting times offered on this day with one from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and another from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The content of each meeting will be identical and will include an Open House component with topic-specific displays and subject-matter expertise.
 
A new project website has launched and information, updates, and FAQ will be made available on this website throughout the consultation period.
 
Background:
 
Transport Canada requires Canadian airports that service 325,000 passengers for two consecutive years to implement Runway End Safety Area (RESA) within three years. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will meet this threshold in June 2024. This will trigger the RESA requirement which will need to be met by 2027.
 
RESA is a cleared and graded area of land located immediately beyond the end of the runway. RESAs are located at both ends of runways and are designated areas of open space designed to be used in cases where aircraft overrun the end of a runway or undershoot and land prior to the runway.
 
The construction of RESA will not lengthen the active runway, facilitate the use of new aircraft, or increase operations at the airport. The boundaries and size of the existing Marine Exclusion Zone will also remain unchanged.
 
As a Federal business enterprise accountable to Transport Canada, PortsToronto is undertaking this project to comply with the new Canadian Aviation Regulation requirements in response to Transport Canada’s safety standards for RESAs.