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Toronto Pearson

World's largest Central Deicing Facility (CDF)

Deicing is the application of a heated glycol and water mixture to remove any snow, ice or frost from critical flight control surfaces on an aircraft. Toronto Pearson has the largest Central Deicing Facility (CDF) in the world.

At Toronto Pearson, has 4.2 million square metres of airfield surfaces that require clearing during a snow event. Its six deicing bays can accommodate up to 12 aircraft simultaneously. 168 employees are dedicated to deicing aircraft. Deicing can take two to 19 minutes, depending on weather conditions and the contamination on the aircraft. The CDF is located close to runways and taxiways, ensuring efficient flow of aircraft in and out of the facility. During active winter weather, they use the Hangar Deicing Facility, a separate facility that provides additional deicing capacity.

Photos Credit: Tom Podolec and Pearson Airport