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Press release

May 30, 2018

TORONTO, CANADA - The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) will be conducting an emergency exercise at Toronto Pearson International Airport, overnight on Saturday, June 2. The exercise will run from 10:00 p.m. on June 2, until 4:30 a.m. on June 3 and will take place in several locations, including: Runway 24L and some of its affiliated taxiways, Terminal 3 Check-in counters, Terminal 1 employee areas, and some airside locations.

Throughout the exercise, passengers and people in the airport area can expect to see volunteers, emergency vehicles, airport equipment and personnel on airport approach roads, in Terminal 1 and 3 and airside. Theatrical effects may be visible and audible.

The GTAA runs one full scale and one tabletop exercise per year to test protocols, procedures, communications and planning for emergency and/or security related incidents. Many organizations are involved in the planning and implementation of these exercises.

The scenario for the June 2 exercise involves an aircraft incident on airport property and includes emergency response. Participants in this exercise include more than 150 airport employees and responders from organizations including Peel Regional Police, Peel Regional Paramedic Services, NAV Canada, and WestJet. Approximately 250 members of the public have volunteered to portray passengers and friends and family members for the exercise.

Please be advised that this is an exercise only and that only authorized personnel and volunteers will be admitted into the exercise area. For live updates during the exercise, follow the hashtag #YYZEMERGEX on Twitter.

About Toronto Pearson

Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto Pearson is focused on becoming the best airport in the world; enhancing the passenger experience, safety, security, supports the success of our airline partners. With more than 47 million passengers in 2017, Toronto Pearson is Canada's largest airport and second busiest North American international airport.

The area around Toronto Pearson is the second-largest employment zone in Canada; it facilitates more than 6 per cent of Ontario's GDP and directly employs 49,000 people. Toronto Pearson believes being a good neighbour means balancing operations by engaging with communities that surround the airport. It strives to have a positive impact by investing in social good and community-building initiatives through its community investment program, The Propeller Project.

For more information please visit Toronto Pearson on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Contact: GTAA Media Office | | (416) 776-3709

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