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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

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

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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.

Porter plane makes emergency landing in Hamilton

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The Canadian Press – Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 12:57PM EDT 

A Porter Airlines flight travelling from Montreal to Toronto has made an emergency landing in Hamilton.

Hamilton International Airport says fire officials attended and there were no reported injuries,

It says one of its runways is currently closed.

The Porter Airlines website shows flight PD458 left Montreal at 9:10 a.m. and was diverted to Hamilton, where it landed at 10:30 a.m.

PortsToronto Receives Canadian Public Relations Society Gold Award of Excellence for 2018 Sustainability Report

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TORONTO, June 18, 2019 /CNW/ – Last night at the 2019 Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Awards of Excellence Gala held in Edmonton, Alberta, PortsToronto was announced as the recipient of a Gold National Award of Excellence for the 2018 PortsToronto Sustainability Report in the Best Annual Report category.  

The CPRS National Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding achievement in a comprehensive public relations and communications project or program, with judging executed by expert panels of leading public relations and communications management practitioners from across the country. The awards were established in 1962 and are considered one of Canada’s most prestigious public relations honours.

Building on the strong foundation set out in PortsToronto’s inaugural Sustainability Report, and on a longstanding legacy of environmental stewardship, social responsibility and collaboration with stakeholders to manage Toronto’swaterfront, the 2018 PortsToronto Sustainability Report generates awareness amongst the organization’s community, business and government stakeholders regarding PortsToronto’s sustainable initiatives, accomplishments and future targets.

“In awarding this top honour, the Canadian Public Relations Society has recognized PortsToronto’s commitment and enthusiasm for sharing the story of our organization’s achievements through our annual Sustainability Report,” said Deborah Wilson, Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, PortsToronto. “Pairing the strategic leadership of our Sustainability Committee with the creativity and skill of our communications team – which carried out the writing, photography and design of the report in-house – speaks volumes about PortsToronto’s leadership in the field of sustainability, and we are particularly proud to receive recognition from the best in the industry for our organization’s hard work and dedication.”

PortsToronto’s annual Sustainability Report is based on an extensive internal review, expert analysis from Delphi Group, a pioneer in sustainability and environmental risk management, third-party research and feedback from our community and government stakeholders. A full audit of PortsToronto’s sustainable practices was conducted in order to produce the Sustainability Report.

This is the second time PortsToronto’s Sustainability Report has received a National Award of Excellence. The 2016 PortsToronto Sustainability Report was recognized by CPRS in the Best External Publication category.

To read PortsToronto’s Sustainability Report, click here or visit

About the CPRS Awards of Excellence
The CPRS National Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding achievement in a comprehensive public relations and communications project or program, with judging executed by expert panels of leading public relations and communications management practitioners from across the country. The awards were established in 1962 and are considered one of Canada’s most prestigious public relations honours.

About CPRS
Founded in 1948, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is a not-for-profit association of professionals dedicated to the practice, management and teaching of public relations and communications. Comprising 14 local societies, CPRS’ mission is to build a national public relations and communications management community through professional development and accreditation, collaboration with thought leaders, a commitment to ethics and a code of professional standards, advocacy for the profession, and support to members at every stage of their careers. For more information, visit

About PortsToronto
For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomed 2.8 million passengers in 2018; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada’slargest freshwater marinas; and, Marine Terminal 52, which provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $11 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto’s waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government. For more information, visit

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PortsToronto Reports Eleventh Consecutive Year of Profitability and Growth in all Business Units in 2018

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TORONTO, May 16, 2019 /CNW/ – PortsToronto today released its 2018 Audited Financial Statements, marking the organization’s eleventh consecutive year of profitability. All of PortsToronto’s core business operations – Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the Port of Toronto, the Outer Harbour Marina, and Property and Other (real estate) – were profitable in 2018, generating $60.0 million in overall revenue with net income of $3.5 million.

Billy Bishop Airport had another strong year in 2018 serving 2,807,208 passengers and generating revenue of $43.7 million, which included $17.6 million in revenue from Airport Improvement Fees (AIF). Although passenger numbers were up in 2018, AIF was down as a result of PortsToronto’s decision to decrease the AIF charged to passengers from $20to $15, put into effect on April 1, 2018. In 2018, there was $13.3 million spent on AIF-related initiatives and expenses.

The Port of Toronto experienced another record year facilitating the delivery of approximately 2.2 million metric tonnes of cargo into the heart of the city. The Port and its activities reported operating income from all sources of $3.6 million, up from $1.1 million the year prior due to higher cargo handling, storage and property revenues that resulted in an increase in net income.

The Outer Harbour Marina’s operating income increased to $1.9 million on revenues of $4.5 million. Property and Other reported operating income of $0.2 million on revenues of $0.4 million, down from 2017 due to the sale of 60 Harbour Street and 30 Bay Street Properties in that year. Investment income was $2.3 million, up from $0.62 million the year prior.

“The year 2018 was another strong one for all of our businesses financially and operationally as we completed major projects such as the significant $35-million rehabilitation program to modernize the airfield infrastructure at Billy Bishop Airport and optimized our Marine Terminal operations by entering into new lease agreements, while still achieving another record-year in shipping with the movement of 2.2 million metric tonnes of cargo.” said Geoffrey Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto. “As a financially self-sufficient organization, we are incredibly proud of our financial record as our continued profitability enables PortsToronto to make meaningful investments that serve the city of Toronto, fuel the economy, and keep people and goods moving.”

Since 2009, PortsToronto has invested more than $11 million into community organizations and environmental initiatives including the removal of millions of pounds of debris from Toronto’s Harbour to aid in the prevention of flooding and the creation of natural habitats to increase biodiversity at the Leslie Street Spit. In addition, PortsToronto continued to invest in measures that minimize the environmental impact of its businesses, such as renewing its agreement with Bullfrog Power Canada to power all of its operations with 100 per cent green electricity – the only airport and port in Canada to do so. These efforts in sustainability, among various others, are detailed in PortsToronto’s 2018 Sustainability Report.

Beyond PortsToronto’s community and infrastructure investments, PortsToronto contributed approximately $3.3 millionin Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILTs) to the City of Toronto in 2018, as well as paying $2.6 million toward realty taxes and $3.0 million to the federal government for the Gross Revenue Charge. This resulted in a total contribution of slightly under $9 million that can be used to benefit taxpayers in Toronto and across the country.

PortsToronto will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Harbour Castle Westin Conference Centre at Bay and Queens Quay on Friday, June 21, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in the West Ballroom.