CYYZ Operations

CYYZ Operation


In this lengthy post, I would like to showcase realistic procedures at Toronto Pearson International Airport, my local airport. CYYZ is a very underused airport, and i’d love to see more traffic in and out. At CYYZ, I rarely, if ever, see aircraft using these procedures. Be that as it may, but realism enhances the sim experience tremendously. Airlines from all over the world operate at CYYZ, many of which don’t even fly to large american hubs. You can travel the majority of the globe direct via CYYZ, from Hong Kong, to Lahore. If you’re like me, and love to be realistic when flying, this guide is for you.

Ground Ops

Right off the bat, i’d like show y’all where to park depending on which airline your flying, de-icing, and runway usage.

Parking/ Gates

Red = FedEx.

Yellow = Cathay Cargo, Turkish Cargo, UPS.

Green = Korean Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo, Aerologic.

Blue = Air Canada, Austrian Airways, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian, Eva Air, LOT, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, Turkish.

Purple = WestJet, WestJet Encore, British Airways, Air Transat, Caribbean Airlines, Air France, Alitalia, Azores Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Condor, Cubana, El Al, Etihad, Hainan, Icelandair, Flair Airlines, Interjet, KLM, Korean Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Phillipine Airlines, Jet Airways, Sunwing, Ukraine International, WOW Air.

White = Delta, American, American Eagle, Delta Connection, WestJet Encore.

Pink = Military.

Light Blue = General Aviation.


In Toronto, de-icing is done in the blue ring, pictured in the photo above. Below, you will see a typical taxi, through the de-ice

Runway Usage

At CYYZ, operations are usually done via the 24’s, 06’s, 23 and 05. The 33’s/ 15’s aren’t used as much, as departures/ arrivals fly closer to the downtown area of the city, therefore causing noise complaints. The 33’s and 15’s are only used throughout the daytime hours, and when the wind is a strong direct crosswind to the 24’s, 06’s, 23 and 05, therefore rendering those runways more risky to have operations ran through.

When the north/ south runways are in operations (24’s, 23, 06’s, 05), the runways can be utilized in many different ways.

23/ 05 is the largest runway at CYYZ, and is preferred for heavy/ super landings. Throughout the quieter hours, this is the main runway used for arrivals into the airport. Throughout the day, this runway is very multi-purpose.

06R/ 24L is an outer/ smaller runway, and is rarely used for departures, but commonly used for arrivals.

06L/ 24R is the everything runway in this standard configuration. It is large enough to support heavies, and is an inner runway for departures. Whether it’s an Emirates A380 departing, or a CRJ touching down, you can expect to see anything on this runway.

When the west/ east (33’s, 15’s), are in operations, a one in one out configuration is typically used. 33R/ 15L will typically be used for departures, and 33L/ 15R for arrivals.


Departures aren’t too special for CYYZ. As there are no major airports within about 200nm, and no terrain, there are no need for fancy SIDS. Listed below will be how departures work out of Toronto


Here is the standard departure from CYYZ

As seen above, CYYZ works on a vector system of departures. Fly straight out for a bit, and get vectored to your first waypoint. Something worth mentioning is are 15’s minimum climb rates, due to the noise restrictions. A standard departure out of CYYZ looks like this,


Last but certainly not least, we have the arrivals. CYYZ utilizes a “U” pattern, to get arrivals in and out efficiently. Listed below will be the published STARS for CYYZ.

NOTE: A few of the fixes/ VOR’s included in the STARS below do not exist in IF. Instead, just find a waypoint close to the missing one to counteract.

Southwest Arrivals

West/ East Operation

North/ South Operation

Southeast Arrivals

West/ East Operation

North/ South Operation

Northwest Arrivals

West/ East Operation

North/ South Operation

Northeast Arrivals

West/ East Operation

North/ South Operation

As seen above, CYYZ stars are made simply yet effiently. Downwind lengths vary throughout the day, but can get up to 20nm in the busy hours. When bad weather is in the area (which is often around the Toronto area), expect variations to these STARS. Extra twists/ turns will be implemented to further space out arriving aircraft.

I hope this guide has incentified you to come and fly at CYYZ, and thanks for reading!


Very nice!


Thank you for the advise! I currently fly at CYYZ and it’s also my home airport :)


Wow this is very nice! Good job Ethan! :)

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Thank you for the advice, because this my second home airport (kinda) come here lots from YYC

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Excellent tutorial, thank you. Looks worth a visit on pace the A350 (LH) is released!

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Thanks everyone for the kind words and thanks Dylan for the bump! I will be updating this in a bit once i’m home from vacation, and i’ll give another bump once complete.


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