Airport Runway Construction

Airport Runway Construction

My office has been advised of construction that will be taking on the Ottawa International Airport runways. Construction is scheduled to begin today, Tuesday, May 22 and last through the spring and summer months. The following information was provided to my office via the Airport Authority.


As a part of its ongoing commitment to airside safety, the Airport Authority is undertaking airside construction projects which are scheduled for the spring and summer of 2018. Several projects have been scheduled in parallel in an effort to minimize operational disruptions and community impact. 

Project details

The taxiway reconstruction project is part of a multi-year project to restore apron and taxiway surfaces and airside infrastructure that has reached end of life.

2018 work includes:

  • Reconstruction of Taxiways Juliet and Echo – to the hold short line of Runway 32
  • Installation of runway pavement sensors
  • Installation of weather station system

The Airport Authority is also completing the installation of Simplified Short Approach Lighting System (SSALR) approach lights and towers for Runway 14.

  • This installation will improve visibility for pilots landing on runway 14
  • Runways 07, 25 and 32 already have SSALR lighting

The Authority is also renewing and expanding a secondary apron area that is primarily used for overnight aircraft parking. The project will be completed without impact on regular operations.

Operational impacts

  • Runway 14/32 (north/south) will be closed from May 22nd to early August*
  • Runway 07/25 (east/west) will be used for all commercial traffic during this time

* weather could affect the finish date

Public impact

  • Flight patterns will be affected by construction since all commercial traffic will be using Runway 07/25.
  • Communities to the east and west of the airport will experience increased aircraft traffic. That said, the most used Runway at YOW is 07/25, so the increase will be minimal.
  • Communities to the north and south of the airport will have virtually no traffic during the construction. *

* exception: two daily departures that require the length of Runway 14/32

We are working closely with our construction partners to keep the project to a very tight schedule and to mitigate any unnecessary impact on the community. We thank you for your patience. If you have a question or concern, please call the noise complaint line at 613-248-2023.