Island Airport Update

An updated sta report on Porter Airline’s proposal to expand service at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) recently came to City Council.

Your feedback and comments were very much appreciated, so many thanks to all those who got in touch about the issue.

After a day long debate, City Council approved the updated sta report unanimously with a few minor amendments. It was a rare and welcome show of consensus in the council chamber.

There was also a consensus outside of the council chamber. Advocates from both sides lined up behind City Council’s decision.

As you may know, the use of the BBTCA is governed by a Tripartite Agreement between the city, the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) and the federal government.

City Council’s decision sets out a framework to manage the airport going forward as well as clear steps to resolve and improve existing issues.

Any signicant changes or amendments to the Tripartite Agreement would require a further approval by City Council (alongside the TPA and the federal government). City staff are expected to report back to City Council in 2015 following further discussions with the TPA and the federal government
as well as the completion of an airport master plan and an environmental assessment, among other things.

If you have any questions about the decision, do not hesitate to get in touch!

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