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Porter Airlines brings you to the Mont-Tremblant slopes in style

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TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines resumes seasonal service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont-Tremblant International Airport on Dec. 6. Flights are available until March 30, 2020, with service up to four times weekly. 

Reconnect with the joys of winter in Mont-Tremblant, Que., in as little as 70 minutes from downtown Toronto. Connecting flights are also available from numerous Porter locations in Canada and the U.S. 

Porter Airlines is reintroducing its annual winter service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont Tremblant, Que. Flights operate from December 6, 2019, to March 30, 2020. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines is reintroducing its annual winter service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont Tremblant, Que. Flights operate from December 6, 2019, to March 30, 2020. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Located in the heart of the Laurentians, Mont-Tremblant is home to some of the country’s best winter attractions. In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, winter in Tremblant offers an array of exhilarating outdoor activities such as dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. For those seeking a more relaxed pace, enjoy the serenity of a spa retreat, and dine or shop in the charming pedestrian village.

Visit Porter’s website for detailed flight schedulesPorter Escapes offers inclusive packages for flights, accommodations and activities, on and off the slopes.

Mont Tremblant International Airport (MTIA) is offering Porter passengers a special promotion on lift tickets this ski season. Passengers receive two free weekday ski lift tickets when they arrive on a Sunday or Monday and depart on a Thursday or Friday. For full details, visit www.mtia.ca

Flightdocs Opens New Office In Toronto, Canada to Better Serve General and Business Aviation Operators

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BONITA SPRINGS, Fla., Dec. 5, 2019 /CNW/ — Flightdocs, a leading provider of maintenance tracking, flight operations, and inventory management software solutions for flight departments around the world, is expanding its international footprint with the opening of a permanent office in Toronto, Canada.  “This expansion supports the Flightdocs’ strategic growth plan allowing for the strengthening of current customer relationships as well as expanding our global sales support coverage,” explained Rick Heine, CEO, Chairman.

Greg Heine, President of Flightdocs explains “the Canadian business aviation market has always been an important piece of our company’s long-term growth. Opening up a permanent location and bringing on experienced and motivated professionals allows us to focus our resources on existing customers while growing the Flightdocs brand within the country.”

As a Toronto native and licensed pilot, Alex Hess, National Sales Manager for Canada is looking forward to establishing Flightdocs as the premier service provider in Canada. “The product speaks for itself. Being able to bring a 21st century solution to Canadian operators opens the doors for expanded service and efficiencies. Being a fully cloud based solution with advanced and effective mobile capabilities positions Flightdocs as the best product for the unique and extensive needs of the Canadian business aviation market.”

The new Toronto office is conveniently located off Lake Shore Boulevard West and is within ten minutes of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) and the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

Billy Bishop Airport to Convert Marilyn Bell I Airport Ferry to Electric-Power

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First of Its Kind in Canada, Electric-Powered Ferry Will Significantly Reduce Airport GHG Emissions and Noise Impacts

TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2019 /CNW/ – PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, is proud to announce that the airport’s Marilyn Bell I passenger/vehicle ferry will be converted to electric-power. This innovative retrofit represents a unique technological advancement in the airport’s fleet as the vessel will be the first 100 per cent electric lithium-ion powered ferry in service in Canada. PortsToronto anticipates that the ferry’s retrofit will be complete by the end of 2020.

PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, announced that the airport’s Marilyn Bell I ferry will be converted to electric-power, eliminating all related GHG emissions and significantly reducing noise impacts. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)
PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, announced that the airport’s Marilyn Bell I ferry will be converted to electric-power, eliminating all related GHG emissions and significantly reducing noise impacts. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)

The vessel’s propulsion system will be entirely powered by battery and fueled by 100 per cent Bullfrog Power® renewable electricity, enabling the electric-ferry to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the airport’s ferry operation. In addition to operating more efficiently and eliminating related air emissions, the retrofitted vessel will build on the airport’s award-winning Noise Management Program, as it will operate far more quietly, dramatically reducing related noise in the surrounding community.

As part of PortsToronto’s sustainability program, a phased approach to greening the airport’s ferry operations began in 2018 when the Marilyn Bell I was converted from diesel to bio-fuel, which resulted in the reduction of approximately 20 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions last year. The electric-powered ferry is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with ferry operations by 530 tonnes, dramatically reducing the airport’s carbon footprint and setting the organization on a clear path toward achieving PortsToronto’s overall emissions target.

“The retrofitting of the Marilyn Bell I to electric power clearly demonstrates how we can build a clean and efficient transportation system, create good jobs and protect the environment,” said the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport. “The Government of Canada commends PortsToronto for this initiative that will benefit Toronto communities and reduce our carbon footprint.”

“Converting the Billy Bishop Airport ferry to electric power is a clear indication of how serious we are in our commitment to the environment and maintaining balanced operations with the waterfront community in which we operate,” said Geoffrey Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto. “We are proud to invest in leading-edge, sustainable transportation infrastructure that will reduce PortsToronto’s overall emissions, which is a significant step toward our organization’s environmental objectives and in support of the Canadian Government’s 2030 emission reduction target.”

In compliance with PortsToronto’s Sustainable Procurement Policy, three Canadian companies that share PortsToronto’s vision for sustainable operations have been selected to collaborate on completing the ferry retrofit. As developers of the winning concept and proposal, St. Catharines-based leaders in marine electrical engineering Canal Marine & Industrial Inc. (CANAL) are the prime designers for this project. On board as the project naval architect is Concept Naval, Quebec-based naval architects and marine engineers, recognized for their innovative and customized solutions in Canada’s shipbuilding industry. PortsToronto has also engaged Nova Scotia-based E.Y.E marine consultants to assist with the implementation of the project.

“CANAL is proud to be delivering the first completely zero-emission Ro-Pax ferry in Canada,” said Shawn Balding, CANAL Commercial Director. “This is an important step in the evolution of the marine industry made possible by maturing advancements in energy storage and power and propulsion system design.”

The airport’s ferry operation not only transports passengers, airport staff and essential supplies to and from Billy Bishop Airport, but serves as a vital link for City of Toronto service vehicles to gain access to the Toronto Islands. The conversion of the airport ferry to electric-power is one of Billy Bishop Airport’s key capital projects and will cost approximately $2.9 million. This cost will be paid in full by PortsToronto through the Airport Improvement Fee. PortsToronto is a federal business enterprise that is financially self-sufficient and does not receive funding from any level of government.

The Marilyn Bell I is named for the Canadian icon who was the first person to cross Lake Ontario, and later the English Channel and Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Emergency Response Training Exercise to Take Place at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport the evening of October 19

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Simulation will involve sirens and emergency personnel onsite that may be visible to the public. Related activities will test security procedures at the airport.

TORONTO, Oct. 18, 2019 /CNW/ – Between 9:00 p.m. and midnight on October 19, 2019, PortsToronto will conduct an emergency training exercise at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

This routine full-scale training exercise is mandated by Transport Canada to test airport protocols, procedures, communications and planning for emergency and/or security related incidents. Exercises such as this are critical to ensuring that the airport maintains a high level of emergency response preparedness and involve multiple agencies including Toronto Fire, Toronto Police Services (and related Marine Units), Toronto Paramedic Services, NAV CANADA, as well as staff and officials from the various agencies, airport stakeholders and airlines that operate out of Billy Bishop Airport.

Throughout the evening of October 19, those visiting, viewing or passing by the airport may witness the scenario that has been developed to test emergency preparedness and may see:

  • Emergency vehicles and personnel in and around the airport, including the Toronto Police Marine Unit and Toronto Fire boats, fire trucks and the Hazardous Material Response Team;
  • Emergency sirens, flashing lights and/or simulated gunfire, and;
  • Volunteer actors from the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute serving in various roles, including as passengers or employees who appear to be in distress.

Please be advised that this is an exercise only. There will be no impact on regular flight arrival and departure times.

Nieuport Aviation is Taking Youths’ Careers to New Heights with Future Leadership for Youth (FLY) Program

Provided by Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners GP/Globe Newswire

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners GP (Nieuport) is pleased to launch the Future Leadership for Youth (FLY) Program by hosting an aviation education day for 15 youth from the local community. Nieuport is owner and operator of the Passenger Terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which is the ninth busiest airport in Canada serving over 2.8 million passengers annually.

“Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is situated in downtown Toronto, where there is tremendous potential to introduce young people to a career path in aviation and an airport environment – and as the Terminal Owner we can help to facilitate that,” said Neil Pakey, CEO of Nieuport. “Our goal with the Future Leadership for Youth Program is to introduce young people to career opportunities that would help them soar to new heights.”

To launch the first education day, Nieuport partnered with a registered charity, Broad Reach Foundation For Youth Leaders – a local community organization working with over 300 youth annually that Nieuport Aviation has proudly sponsored since 2018.

During the education day, students listened to presentations and received a behind-the-scenes tour of the Terminal led by Nieuport staff specializing in airport operations, safety and security, terminal planning, facilities management, project management and commercial management.

Nieuport has more FLY education activities planned, including presentations at Ontario colleges and universities to discuss aviation and airport careers and to raise awareness of the opportunities with Nieuport. Community outreach and engagement programs are part of Nieuport’s plan to strengthen its partnership with the local community and promote its values of collaboration, excellence, and integrity.

“The slogan of this new program is ‘taking your future to new heights.’ We have a great plan in place to continue showing to youth and students that the sky is not the limit in the world of aviation,” Pakey added.

THE WAY WE WERE: Business finally booming at Billy Bishop airport

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7 September 2019 – By Mike Filey, Toronto Sun

A modern day view of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport where on a peak day up to 540 aircraft and helicopters can be accommodated.(PortsToronto Archives)

The headline of a story in the Aug. 6, 1970 edition of the Globe and Mail was worrying — no problem referring to the competition, the Sun wouldn’t start publishing for more than year.

It read “Island Airport faces deficit of $200,000; airfield may be closed.”

So was that it?

After spending years trying to get it built would the Toronto Island Airport be bulldozed after only 31 years in business. Those were desperate times.

But Robert Wong, general manager of the Island Airport’s Central Airways, which operated a training and charter service using 28 aircraft, had a suggestion. If the authorities would do something to make getting to the airport easier — the airport was only a five or ten minutes from the business heart of the city — and replace the old cross-channel ferry with a drawbridge, passenger traffic would soon increase to the point where the airport would be making money rather than losing it on the airfield’s operation.

Fast forward a mere 45 years and rather than a drawbridge a pedestrian tunnel connecting the mainland with the Island airport opened.

And business has never been better.

This c1935 aerial view was taken looking northeast over the west end of Toronto Island an area then known simply as the “sandbar.” As early as 1928 government officials were suggesting this would be a perfect site for a much-needed municipal airport. To emphasize the point one local media outlet put some ideas on paper. Nothing happened. To be sure the city already had several fields, Leaside, Barker and Trethewey, but they were private. An airport where inter-city passenger flights could originate and arrive was badly needed. Toronto was being left behind the dozens of other North American cities that had modern airports. At about the same time this photo was taken the Toronto Harbour Commissioners took the incentive and released a report in which they outlined their intention to reclaim 135 acres of the sandbar (including filling in the popular Hanlan’s Memorial regatta rowing course), build a tunnel under the Western Channel and construct a modern airport that would be a mere five minutes from downtown Toronto. And all this at an estimated cost of $1 million. Since it was assumed that the Island location would be the city’s “main” airport, plans were also drawn up for a “standby” airfield away from the waterfront where fog would be less likely. A small farming community north and west of the city was chosen. It was to be known as the Malton airfield. We know it today as Toronto Pearson International Airport. (PortsToronto Archives)
An early proposal for a municipal airport appeared in the newspaper as early as 1928. Since float-equipped aircraft had been landing on Toronto Bay for several years the proposed new municipal airport would have to incorporate traditional seaplane facilities. There would also be a bridge over the Western Channel connecting with the mainland at the foot of Bathurst St.
Seen here are Tommy Dorsey and several members of his dance band including Buddy Rich on drums. At the top right is a very young Frank Sinatra who joined the group in 1940 and therefore was not with Tommy and the band when they arrived by plane on September 8, 1939, to open a four-day stint at that year’s CNE. It is recorded in the airport log book in the PortsToronto Archives as the first commercial flight into the city’s new Toronto Island Airport. Originally named Port George VI Airport, in anticipation of spring 1939 visit to the city by the reigning monarchs King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, it was renamed Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport in November, 2009 to honour the Canadian WW1 air ace and holder of the coveted Victoria Cross.
On Saturday, September 14 at 11am six Canadian designed and built Gray Dort vintage automobiles will visit Port McNicoll (located on Georgian Bay a few kilometers east of Midland) where they will be “introduced” to the 1907 Great Lakes passenger steamer SS Keewatin. Visitors are invited to this historic get-together. The vehicle seen here was built in Chatham, Ontario a dozen years after Keewatin was launched and seven years after the Titanic began its ill-fated maiden voyage across the Atlantic in the spring of 1912.
SS Keewatin is the world’s last Edwardian-era passenger steamship. The vessel was built in Goven, Scotland in 1907, five years before TITANIC was launched at the Harland and Wolfe shipyard in Glasgow. (Wayne Coombes photo)

In celebration of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport’s 80th anniversary the public is invited to visit the airport and view the wonderful collection of historic photographs showing many of the events that have occurred at “YTZ” over the past eight decades.

There is no charge to access the airport via the tunnel or the Marilyn Bell ferry.

Canada’s Airlines, Airports Among World’s Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get Worse

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By Daniel Tencer 4 July 2019

Under a new “passenger bill of rights,” airlines will be able to leave passengers stuck on the tarmac for longer than the current standard.
An airplane taking off at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International
An airplane taking off at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

MONTREAL ― Canadian airports and airlines are some of the worst performers worldwide when it comes to flight delays, and new federal rules that allow passengers to be stuck on the tarmac for longer could make things worse.

All but one of Canada’s major airlines rank in the bottom half for on-time performance in a new survey from travel data provider OAG. 

Canada’s best performer, WestJet, ranks 57th out of 125 airlines surveyed, with 77.1 per cent of all flights arriving on time. The country’s worst performer, Sunwing, ranks as the second-worst airline in the world, 124th out of 125, with only 57.8 per cent of flights on time.

Sunwing experienced numerous flight glitches in recent years, including major delays in Toronto and Montreal in April, 2018, that led to a fine from the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

Looking at airports, Canada doesn’t fare much better. Our best airport, in Grande Prairie, Alta., ranks 108th out of 505 airports surveyed.

Toronto’s two commercial passenger airports, Pearson and Billy Bishop, rank as the two worst airports in Canada and among the worst in the world ― 475th and 489th, respectively.

Interestingly, there is a yawning east-west divide, with western Canadian airports performing better than others.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

The survey comes as Canada is about to launch a new “passengers’ bill of rights” that some critics say will make it easier for airlines to delay flights.

Under the new regulations, airlines will be able to keep passengers stuck on the tarmac for up to three hours, plus an additional 45 minutes if the airline believes takeoff is imminent.

Currently, Canada has no government-enforced limits on tarmac delays, but airlines themselves had standards built into their tariffs. The industry standard was 90 minutes, which is also what a Senate committee recommended be the rule in the new passenger bill of rights. The government rejected that recommendation.

Airlines themselves have been pushing for longer tarmac delays. Air Canada extended its maximum tarmac time to four hours in 2018.

Additionally, it will be very difficult to get compensation from airlines in most cases where flights are delayed or passengers are denied boarding, said Gabor Lukacs, a prominent consumer advocate who has challenged airline practices in courts.

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Lukacs said he worries about the possibility of longer delays under the new rules because “when something becomes legal, they will do it. On the other hand, the counterargument is it’s in the airline’s best interest to get passengers to their destination as quickly as possible.”

Lukacs’ advocacy group, Air Passenger Rights, has accused the government of letting the airline industry dictate the new passengers’ bill of rights.

A spokesperson for Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the tarmac delay rule was decided “based on operational realities and international best practices. For example, in the United States, air carriers are required to offer the option to disembark after a three hour delay on domestic flights, and a four hour delay on international flights.”

While airlines frequently blame weather for flight delays, data from the U.S. federal government shows that extreme weather events are responsible for fewer than 5 per cent of flight delays in the U.S. The most common reason for delays was late-arriving aircraft, meaning flights delayed because earlier flights were delayed. This accounted for nearly 42 per cent of U.S. delays. Canada does not currently keep track of this type of data.

But Lukacs points out that Canada has much harsher weather than most of the U.S., so it may not be a fair comparison. And Toronto’s worst-in-the-country Billy Bishop Airport has unique issues to deal with because it’s on an island.

“This may be an apples to oranges comparison,” he told HuffPost Canada by phone.

Nonetheless, Canada’s poor weather doesn’t explain why Alaska Airlines has a higher on-time percentage than any Canadian airline (80.7 per cent) and is the third best among U.S. airlines.

Lukacs argues these on-time rankings are incomplete: There isn’t enough data to determine, for instance, whether it’s a particular airport or a particular airline that’s behind delays in a given place.

Either way, airlines should be taking bad weather into account when planning their schedules, Lukacs said.

“If airlines and airports ignore the weather realities, then you have guaranteed, built-in failure,” he said.

Porter Airlines touches down in Muskoka with inaugural summer service

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TORONTO, June 27, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines celebrated its first flight to Ontario’s ‘cottage country’ today with its inaugural flight to Muskoka, one of the world’s iconic summer retreats. Passengers enjoyed non-stop service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Muskoka Airport, and were met by local officials and residents on arrival.

Porter Airlines celebrated its first flight to Ontario’s ‘cottage country’ today with its inaugural flight to Muskoka, one of the world’s iconic summer retreats. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines celebrated its first flight to Ontario’s ‘cottage country’ today with its inaugural flight to Muskoka, one of the world’s iconic summer retreats. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

“Porter has received strong interest in its seasonal Muskoka flights since we announced service in the spring,” said Robert Deluce, executive chairman of Porter Airlines. “Travellers value convenience and we are dedicated to making Muskoka more accessible, whether you’re taking the short flight from Toronto or connecting from one of our other destinations.”

With the introduction of Porter’s seasonal Muskoka flights, people looking to relax in a tranquil wilderness setting, can do so with a flight time of approximately 20 minutes. Operating twice weekly on Thursdays and Mondays, service continues until September 3. 

“This new summer service between Toronto and Muskoka gives visitors easy access to some of the most incredible natural and cultural treasures Ontario has to offer,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “This is the kind of initiative that really helps grow Ontario’s economy and our tourism sector.”

Porter Airlines touches down in Muskoka with inaugural summer service (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines touches down in Muskoka with inaugural summer service (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Situated among pristine waters, and surrounded by scenic shorelines and vast forests, Muskoka is one of Ontario’s most sought-after vacation spots. In addition to stunning vistas, visitors can enjoy the region’s heritage communities and vibrant towns, offering excellent shopping, one-of-a-kind entertainment, events and an abundance of recreational activities. Muskoka’s charm and beauty offers a unique experience for families, groups, and couples looking to create long-lasting memories. 

“The District and the Muskoka Airport Board are very excited for the arrival of scheduled service from Porter – making it easier for visitors and our residents to get to and from Muskoka and beyond this summer,” remarked District of Muskoka Chair John Klinck. “We look forward to working with our partners at Porter and RTO 12 to make this new service an experience as unforgettable as Muskoka is.”

Explorers’ Edge, the regional tourism organization, also launched its seasonal shuttle bus service, providing Porter passengers transportation from Muskoka Airport to accommodations across the region. The organization is also offering a traveller incentive of $100 in spending vouchers for those booking a flight and accommodation.

“Explorers’ Edge is excited to have partnered with Porter Airlines to introduce seasonal service to the Muskoka Airport,” said James Murphy, executive director of the regional tourism organization. “Muskoka and Algonquin Park are among the nation’s most popular vacation destinations, and this service will allow domestic and international tourists to have much easier access to a spectacular holiday here. We are very pleased to welcome the world via Porter’s extensive network.”

Flights are currently available for booking on Porter’s website and through travel agents. For complete schedule and booking details, visit www.flyporter.com

Porter Airlines cancels flights over U.S.-based telecom outage

News provided by The Star – link to full story – with a hint from P.N.
By 
Jacob Lorinc Staff Reporter Wed., June 26, 2019

Porter Airlines said at least 20 flights have been cancelled due to a telecom outage in the United States.

Porter Airlines has cancelled at least 20 flights from Billy Bishop airport due to a telecom outage in the United States.

In a tweet issued around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, the airport said the outage is preventing Porter Airlines from checking in passengers for trans-border flights.

Trans-border passengers have been told they can expect significant delays and disruptions.

Porter said passengers affected by the delays or cancellations would be offered compensation based on their specific situations.

Domestic passengers are still able to check in manually to their flights, but will likely face delays as well, Porter said.

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Porter Airlines launching seasonal flights to Muskoka

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The Canadian Press Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Anyone looking to get away to Ontario cottage country this year will have the option to avoid traffic and take a quick flight from Toronto starting this week.

Porter Airlines is launching a seasonal series of flights between Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport and Muskoka Airport near Gravenhurst, Ont.

The 20-minute flights will operate on Thursdays and Mondays between June 27 and Sept. 3.

The airline says Monday flights will take place on Tuesday during long weekends.

Cottagers heading to Muskoka, a popular destination for summer travel in Ontario, often have to contend with heavy traffic on the highways.

Regional carrier Fly GTA runs charter flights to the region.