West Calgary Air Traffic Concerns

Updated December 3, 2019

An Update on the TRAN Report, Assessing the Impact of Aircraft Noise in the Vicinity of Major Canadian Airports

This report, tabled in Parliament on March 19th, 2019, contains many recommendations which would improve the quality of life for those of us who suddenly find ourselves residing beneath busy aircraft corridors and routes. Recommendation #6, which proposes a shift of the extremely busy Sarcee corridor to outside of city limits, would go a long way to taking the pressure off of West Calgary communities.

So what has happened to this report since tabling? The first step was a perfunctory response by the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau. He states that “aviation noise management is a shared responsibility” which “requires collaboration among different levels of government as well as the air industry.”  Essentially, this response is telling communities that no one is directly responsible for the issues detailed in the report. Evasive phrases such as “encourage collaboration,” “continue to pursue,” “will consider engagement,” and “continue to support,” appear frequently and set the tone of his response.

With respect to Recommendation #6, Garneau’s response is that “The Government…is confident that NavCanada and airport operators will continue working together to identify balanced operational practices.” But West Calgary communities continue to be overly impacted by aircraft noise and concentrated volume issues. It is unclear exactly what is currently being done in regards to balanced operational practices and what the future will look like for forcibly overflown communities as air travel increases.

Our M.P, Ron Liepert, who was a member of the now-disbanded TRAN Committee which produced this report states that “there are no defined deadlines when decisions are required or warranted.” Marc Garneau has been reappointed Minister of Transport and, according to Ron Liepert, “ultimately it will be up to him to decide what to do with the report.”

Please contact Marc Garneau Marc.Garneau@parl.gc.ca and Ron Liepert Ron.Liepert@parl.gc.ca to voice your concerns about air traffic and to insist that the Report’s recommendations are implemented.


Submitted by the West Calgary Air Traffic Concerns Committee @info_wcatc