Ottawa

Ottawa airport flight paths changing for the summer

Communities to the north and south of the Ottawa airport can expect to see — and hear — more air traffic this summer as the flight path changes due to construction on the airport's runways.

Main runways closed in July, August, late September and early October to allow for construction

Runways 07 and 25, seen at the bottom of the map, will be closed temporarily this summer. During that time runways 14 and 32, seen to the left, will be used for all commercial air traffic. (Ottawa International Airport Authority)

Communities to the north and south of the Ottawa airport can expect to see — and hear — more air traffic this summer as the flight path changes due to construction on the airport's runways.

The main runways, known as 07 and 25, run east/west. They'll be closed in July and August, as well as a week in late September and early October, the airport said in a media release.

While the main runways are closed, runways 14 and 32 — which run north/south — will be used for all commercial air traffic instead.

That means communities to the north and south will see increased air traffic and hear more noise, while communities to the east and west will see and hear less.

The change will allow for the reconstruction of a section of a road connecting the terminal apron, where aircraft are parked for loading and unloading, and runway 25. This will include new lighting, storm sewers and line painting.

A lighting upgrade is planned for runway 14 in 2018. Runways 07 and 32 already have new lighting.

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