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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.

New Study Finds that 41% of Travellers Walk, Bike or Use Transit from Billy Bishop Airport

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  • Highest percentage of non-automobile access of any airport in North America
  • 52% increase in alternatives to personal vehicles in past 5 years
  • 29% of passengers depart Billy Bishop Airport using free shuttle

TORONTO, April 26, 2019 /CNW/ – According to a new research study conducted by Dillon Consulting, 41 per cent of travellers walk, bike, use public transit or take the complimentary airport shuttle from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, representing one of the highest overall percentages of non-automobile use at any airport in North America. Further, the 2018 survey data shows a 52 per cent increase in non-automobile usage at the airport over the last five years, compared with the 27 per cent of non-automobile usage recorded at the airport in 2013.

Many of the airport’s 2.8 million passengers choose Billy Bishop Airport for its convenient, walkable location to/from downtown Toronto, as well as for its interconnectivity to regional transit. In fact, the Dillon Report indicates that 29 per cent of passengers depart Billy Bishop Airport via the complimentary airport shuttle to access Toronto’s Union Station, which highlights the important role the airport plays in not only connecting people to the heart of downtown Torontobut in providing convenient access to the region’s broader transportation network. The survey also indicates that only 2 per cent of passengers drive and park at the airport.

The study also shows that the Billy Bishop Airport pedestrian tunnel continues to have a positive impact on dispersing passenger and vehicle traffic flow at the airport. The tunnel, which connects passengers to the airport from the mainland pavilion, not only provides convenient and efficient access to the airport but plays a vital role in significantly reducing surges in traffic demand at the mainland terminal and along Eireann Quay that were evident prior to the tunnel opening in 2015.

“By investing in major city-building infrastructure such as the award-winning pedestrian tunnel, and fostering an ideal environment for ‘green’ airport access with conveniently-located bike stations, complimentary shuttle service to and from Union Station and collaborating with the City of Toronto to further improve access to Eireann Quay, PortsToronto continues to implement innovative measures to both reduce emissions and ease vehicle traffic around the airport,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Billy Bishop Airport. “We are proud to see so many of our passengers opting to walk, bike and use other environmentally-friendly modes of transportation to and from Billy Bishop Airport. The positive results in this study not only demonstrate our continued commitment to easing congestion, operating sustainably and encouraging cleaner alternative means to and from the airport but speak to the important role Billy Bishop Airport plays in connecting people to the region’s broader transit network.”

The study conducted by Dillon Consulting was undertaken in June 2018 during airport peak hours and focussed on conditions related to traffic volumes, modal splits and taxi occupancy levels for travel to and from the airport. Further, the data gathered in this report will assist PortsToronto in the measurement of future conditions and continuous improvement related to traffic volumes.

Currently, a new reconfigured approach to passenger and vehicle traffic operations is in place as part of a pilot project that began in December 2018. In 2019, the impact and efficacy of the reconfiguration will be evaluated to assess improvements to traffic flow in the vicinity of Eireann Quay and potential full-time adoption of the program.

Click here to view the Dillon Report.

Enjoy summer in Mont Tremblant with Porter Airlines

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TORONTO, April 25, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines flights to Mont Tremblant, Que., are back in time for summer fun. Seasonal service begins June 21, and runs until September 22, 2019. Flights operate up to four times weekly starting July 28 through Labour Day, and two times weekly for the remainder of the season.

Passengers fly non-stop from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Mont Tremblant International Airport in just 70 minutes. For complete schedule and booking details, visit www.flyporter.com or contact your travel agent.

Enjoy summer in Mont Tremblant with Porter Airlines (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Enjoy summer in Mont Tremblant with Porter Airlines (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

The picturesque village transforms during the summer months. Full of green spaces and boasting 400 lakes and streams, Mont Tremblant offers an abundance of outdoor scenery. Travellers can enjoy a variety of outdoor adventures, including hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, golfing and water activities. There’s also a range of entertainment and events, including the Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival (July 5-14), Wanderlust (Aug. 22-25), and Iron Man (Aug. 18).

Connecting flights from several Porter destinations in Canada and the U.S. are also available.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Wins Airports Council International Environmental Achievement Award

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Second time since 2017 Billy Bishop Airport Has Won Prestigious Environmental Achievement Award

TORONTO, April 8, 2019 /CNW/ – Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has won the Airports Council International (ACI-NA) Environmental Achievement Award for Best Innovative Project for the airport’s successful implementation of the three-year Airfield Rehabilitation Program. The 2019 Airports Council International (ACI-NA) Environmental Achievement Awards were held last week at the Airports@Work Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Established in 1997, the annual Airports Council International Environmental Achievement Awards recognize airports that strive to protect and preserve the environment through their programs, initiatives and projects. The Airfield Rehabilitation Program at Billy Bishop Airport modernized the airfield with sustainable infrastructure that included a complete LED lighting and signage retrofit that has reduced energy usage by 75 per cent and the construction of a Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE) facility that has all but eliminated noise impacts in the community associated with high-power aircraft engine run-up operations. In addition to the positive environmental results achieved by the program, the project incorporated innovative measures to reduce the impact of construction on the environment, the community and on airport operations.

“North American airports recognize that continued sustainability leads to economic vitality and operational efficiency while minimizing their environmental footprint,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “By implementing sustainable business practices, the 2019 ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Award winners are industry leaders when it comes to protecting the environment while serving their passengers and communities.”

“From the Airfield Rehabilitation Program’s inception to its completion, every aspect of the program was thoughtfully planned and executed by the Billy Bishop Airport team and its partners to mitigate project-related construction impacts on airport operations, the community and the environment,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. “As a direct result of the program’s innovative approach, the airfield project was completed with virtually no impact to the surrounding airport community and passengers. We are proud to be recognized by Airports Council International with an Environmental Achievement Award as it truly demonstrates our commitment to conducting our operations with respect for the environment and the community.”

This is the second time that Billy Bishop Airport has won an Airports Council International (ACI-NA) Environmental Achievement Award. In 2017, the airport won the top award for its Noise Management Program. In addition, Billy Bishop Airport has won a series of passenger-driven awards, including being named one of the top airports globally and in North America in both the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Service Quality Awards and Skytrax World Airport Awards. Billy Bishop Airport has also been ranked as the fourth Best International Airport by Condé Nast Traveler and has ranked top ten on Private Fly’s list for Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world for five consecutive years.

For more information on the awards, click here.

Skytrax Once Again Ranks Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport One of World’s Best

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YTZ Wins Prestigious Skytrax Award for Sixth Year

TORONTO, April 3, 2019 /CNW/ – Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport was named one of the world’s best airports at the Skytrax World Airport Awards, the premier international airport awards voted on by nearly 14 million passengers worldwide. Billy Bishop Airport was ranked the tenth best airport in the world in the under 5 million passenger category, representing the sixth year Toronto’s City Airport has won a prestigious Skytrax award. 

The 2019 Awards are based on millions of airport survey questionnaires completed by more than 100 different nationalities of air travellers, covering 550 airports worldwide. In the independent survey, passengers continue to rank Billy Bishop Airport highly across 39 key performance indicators, including fast check-in times, ease of access to the terminal, and the courtesy and efficiency of airport staff.

“What an incredible honour to be named one of the best airports in the world by Skytrax World Airport Awards,” said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Airport. “To be recognized by Skytrax for the sixth year speaks volumes about our airport team and partners and highlights our united commitment to excellence in customer service and the passenger experience at Billy Bishop Airport. This international ranking further demonstrates how well this airport serves its passengers and the value it brings to Toronto as an important gateway to the world, located just a few steps from downtown.”

Billy Bishop Airport has won a series of passenger-driven awards including being named one of the top airports globally and in North America by Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Service Quality Awards. Billy Bishop Airport has also been ranked as the fourth Best International Airport by Condé Nast Traveler and has ranked top ten on Private Fly’s list for Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world for five consecutive years.

For more information on Skytrax World Airport Awards 2019 visit www.worldairportawards.com

About the Skytrax World Airport Awards
The World Airport Awards are the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry, voted by customers in the largest, annual global airport customer satisfaction survey. The survey and awards process is independent and free of any airport influence or interference in final results. The World Airport Awards are a global benchmark of airport excellence, and widely known as the Passengers Choice Awards.

About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (https://www.billybishopairport.com)
Offering service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines’ networks, Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto’s economy, generating more than $470 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year and supporting 4,740 jobs, including 2,080 directly associated with the airport operations. Billy Bishop Airport is renowned for its unique travel experience, efficiency and customer service and has won a series of passenger-driven awards, including being named one of the top airports globally and in North America in both the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Service Quality Awards and Skytrax World Airport Awards. Billy Bishop Airport has also been ranked as the fourth Best International Airport by Condé Nast Traveler and has ranked top ten on Private Fly’s list for Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world for five consecutive years.

About PortsToronto (https://www.portstoronto.com)
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.

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Porter Airlines opens Ontario’s Muskoka region to North American travellers with summer service

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TORONTO, March 25, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines will be flying to Muskoka Airport with the introduction of 2019 summer service. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts, Muskoka has established itself among the world’s iconic summer retreats.

Flights will have an air time of approximately 20 minutes, operating twice weekly on Thursdays and Mondays between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Muskoka Airport, from June 27 to September 3. Connecting flights are available via Toronto for numerous Porter destinations in the U.S. and Canada.

Porter Airlines will be flying to Muskoka Airport with the introduction of 2019 summer service. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines will be flying to Muskoka Airport with the introduction of 2019 summer service. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines opens Ontario’s Muskoka region to North American travellers with summer service. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines opens Ontario’s Muskoka region to North American travellers with summer service. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

“Muskoka is an inspiring destination that attracts travellers from near and far,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “This new route serves as a great opportunity to link Muskoka to our North American network.”

Travellers can soak up stunning scenery, from picturesque historic towns and villages to iconic Algonquin Park, and the area’s famous waterways, including beautiful Georgian Bay. Muskoka offers a charming variety of amenities with golf courses, marinas, camps and cultural attractions spanning the region.

“Explorers’ Edge is thrilled to be partnering with Porter Airlines to bring seasonal service to the Muskoka Airport this summer,” said James Murphy, executive director of Explorers’ Edge. “As the regional tourism organization for Muskoka, Parry Sound and Algonquin Park, it is our intent to leverage this service to increase international visitation across our entire region. Our thanks to the District of Muskoka representatives for their efforts to ready the airport, including working with Transport Canada and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.”

“A new summer service between Toronto and Muskoka is great news for all Ontarians,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Through this partnership, Porter Airlines and the regional tourism organization are opening a new route that will boost local business and make this stunning part of our province an easy-to-access vacation destination. Ontario is truly open for business in Muskoka.” 

Schedule details are as follows:

Day of weekToronto departure timeMuskoka departure time
Thursday1:10 p.m.2:20 p.m.
Monday*9:20 a.m.10:30 a.m.
*Tuesday departure during long weekends.

As part of an exceptional visitor experience in Muskoka and surrounding areas, Explorers’ Edge will also introduce a seasonal shuttle bus service at the airport to deliver Porter passengers to accommodations across the region. The organization will also offer a traveller incentive for tourists who book a flight and accommodation, to the tune of $100 CDN in spending vouchers.

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

Billy Bishop Airport Voted One of World’s Most Scenic Airport Landings for Fifth Straight Year

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YTZ Tops Global Poll for Breathtaking Views of Toronto’s Iconic Skyline

TORONTO, March 21, 2019 /CNW/ – We are pleased to announce that Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has once again made PrivateFly’s top ten list for Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world. Billy Bishop Airport ranked eighth among 129 airports worldwide, representing the fifth consecutive year that Toronto’s city airport has made the coveted top ten global list.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has once again made PrivateFly’s top ten list for Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has once again made PrivateFly’s top ten list for Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)

As Billy Bishop Airport is located on the Toronto Islands, the 2.8 million travellers who fly through the airport annually have the unique opportunity to view Toronto’s skyline and ever changing seasonal beauty through the airplane window – arguably the best possible vantage point.

PrivateFly’s global list of the top ten Most Scenic Airport Approaches is a result of the thousands of votes cast from around the world to recognize the most breathtaking airport landings. Billy Bishop Airport, the only Canadian airport to be recognized for its scenic approach, was named alongside airports located in some of the world’s most stunning places, including Donegal Airport in Ireland, Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport in the South of France, Queenstown Airport in New Zealand and Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten in the Caribbean.

“Our airport is renowned for its convenient location minutes from the heart of downtown Toronto, its friendly customer service, and overall efficiency and connectivity,” said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. “It is also becoming known around the world for its breathtaking views and for that, we have to thank the City of Toronto which never fails to impress. Whether coming home to Toronto through Billy Bishop Airport for the hundredth time or flying to the city for a first-ever visit, YTZ travellers delight in seeing Toronto’s iconic skyline from above and we are thrilled to once again be recognized in Private Fly’s global poll for Most Scenic Approach for the fifth consecutive year.”

Billy Bishop Airport has won a series of passenger-driven awards, including being named one of the top airports in North America in both the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Service Quality Awards and Skytrax World Airport Awards. Billy Bishop Airport has also been ranked as the fourth Best International Airport by Condé Nast Traveler.

For more information on PrivateFly’s top ten Most Scenic Airport Landings poll, click here.

Toronto-bound Porter flight makes emergency landing in Pennsylvania

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Flight from Newark lands in Pennsylvania after engine trouble

The Associated Press · Posted: Feb 07, 2019 1:35 PM ET

A Porter aircraft taxis at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport in 2013. A flight bound for Toronto was forced to make an emergency landing on Wednesday in Pennsylvania. (Brent Lewin/Bloomberg)

A plane carrying about 30 passengers from Newark, N.J., to Toronto has made an emergency landing at an airport in Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains.

WNEP-TV said all passengers and crew are fine after the plane landed at the Scranton International Airport.

Airport executive director Carl Beardsley tells the news station the Porter Airlines plane had engine trouble and landed safely.

He said another plane is taking the passengers to their destination in Canada.

Toronto-based Porter Airlines operates numerous flights a day between the U.S. and Canada. No details were available on the plane, but television footage from the airport showed the turboprop-powered plane with one propeller apparently not working.

Stronger growth in tourism expected this year after a weak 2018

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OTTAWA, Jan. 17, 2019 /CNW/ – The number of overnight visits from both within Canada and international markets is projected to increase by 2.0 per cent in 2019, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Travel Markets Outlook reports.

While Canadian households are expected to face growing economic and financial challenges heading into 2019, domestic travel volumes are still projected to increase. According to our travel intentions survey, a growing share of Canadian households plan to take a winter vacation, and among those, a slightly higher share plan to stay in Canada for their longest-duration trip. Meanwhile, growth from the U.S. and overseas markets is expected to strengthen in 2019, as travel price inflation eases and a favourable exchange rate for many international markets remains.

“Tourism activity in 2018 was weighed down by a number of factors, including rising travel prices, the weaker economic environment and lack of major events like those that happened in 2017,” said Greg Hermus, Associate Director for The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Tourism Research Institute. “Fortunately, 2019 should see stronger growth in tourism activity thanks to more modest increases in travel prices and easing uncertainty surrounding trade negotiations.”

The recently issued travel advisory for Canada from the Chinese government presents a downside risk to the tourism forecast. International markets represent the strongest growth prospects for overnight visits to the country and China is Canada’s second most important overseas market.

Regional Highlights
Among the 10 Canadian cities covered in the Travel Markets Outlook: Metropolitan Focus, growth in overnight visits is expected to average between 1.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent this year. Vancouver will experience the strongest growth in 2019 and will be the only city where tourism activity expands by more than 3 per cent.

Travel to Halifax should be boosted by the city’s hosting the 2019 Memorial Cup and the World Under-19 Men’s Floorball Championships. Overnight visits are projected to average 2 per cent over the next few years.

Tourist activity in 2019 will be stimulated by the city’s hosting of World Summit AI—a major artificial intelligence summit. Events like this, coupled with major infrastructure coming into service and an expanding local economy, will help overnight visits to grow at a healthy clip over the next few years, averaging 2.3 per cent per year.

Québec City
Québec City saw a strong increase in overnight visits in 2018, thanks to a boost from hosting the G7 Summit, strong growth from the U.S. and overseas markets, and a strong local economy. With continuing gains expected from international arrivals, overnight visits should expand at annual rates of growth of around 2 per cent over the next few years.

The number of overnight visits to Ottawa fell in 2018 but should pick up this year, thanks to new infrastructure, and growth in international visits. Major investments such as renovations to the Ottawa International Airport terminal, and the addition of a light-rail station at the airport, are expected to pay dividends in the years to come.

Coming off a modest year, tourism activity in Toronto should pick up speed in 2019. The city has marketed itself as a stopover destination for international travellers and should see a rebound in U.S. and overseas visits this year. A major upgrade to its public transit system should benefit tourist activity in the years to come. Overnight visits are projected to increase by 2.6 per cent in 2019.

St. Catharines-Niagara
Tourism activity in St. Catharines-Niagara region will benefit from the expanded direct air capacity in neighbouring Toronto. In all, overseas visits are expected to grow by a stronger 2.2 per cent in 2019 and will increase at a steady pace over the next few years.

Following strong growth in 2018, overnight visits to Winnipeg are expected to moderate this year. Tourism activity should get a strong boost in 2020 as Manitoba celebrates the 150th anniversary of its joining Confederation.

Pleasure travel will receive a boost with the city’s hosting of large events in 2019, including the Grey Cup and the Canadian Country Music Awards. In all, overnight visits to Calgary are expected to grow by 2.8 per cent this year.

Edmonton will see growth of 2.3 per cent in overnight this year. Domestic visits should get a boost as the city hosts a leg of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Mixed Relay Series and the World Triathlon Series. Meanwhile, visits from the U.S. and overseas are projected to pick up speed.

The projected robust economic growth in the province and strong influx of tourists from overseas markets will continue to be the major sources of growth for tourism in Vancouver. One potential challenge to future growth would be the worsening wildfires, which don’t directly impact Vancouver but leave a heavy lingering haze over the city and surrounding areas during fire season. In all, overnight visits are forecast to grow by 3.3 per cent this year.

The Travel Markets Outlook: National Focus provides a tourism forecast for each of the 10 provinces and Yukon. The Travel Markets Outlook: Metropolitan Focus analyzes and provides a forecast for the tourism industry in Canada, and in 10 metropolitan areas.

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Nieuport Aviation Celebrates the Completion of Gates at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

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TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners GP (Nieuport Aviation) is pleased to announce the completion of upgraded gates at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport ahead of a busy holiday season. The airport’s passenger terminal now features a total of 11 gates, 7 of which were re-built and one added. The project is part of the terminal upgrade initiatives completed by Nieuport Aviation, owner and operator of the passenger terminal, to enhance the experience of passengers at the airport.  

PortsToronto EVP Gene Cabral, Nieuport Aviation CEO Neil Pakey and Porter Airlines EVP and CCO Michael Deluce in front of the new gate.

“Nieuport Aviation has been up to the task of investing in infrastructure projects to keep pace with customer demands, at no cost to the customer,” said Neil Pakey, CEO of Nieuport Aviation. “The project was the result of collaboration with our dedicated partners, and was completed with great efficiency and care with the passenger experience in mind.”

The construction of the gates allows for a better passenger experience by increasing flexibility for peak travel periods, introducing new hand rails for greater accessibility, additional space for passenger line ups, as well as roll up doors to conserve energy within the gates.

“All of the upgrades to the lounges have been intended, designed and implemented with the passenger experience as top priority. This was true in the way the gate construction was undertaken and it is true in the end result which will positively affect flow. Having 11 gates will ensure that Billy Bishop Airport can get its passengers where they need to go by providing increased efficiency and flexibility, especially in peak flow periods,” said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of PortsToronto.

During the installation of the new gates, the passenger experience was not compromised as a result of PCL Construction’s innovative temporary gate module solution. PCL fabricated 24 temporary gate modules at its offsite manufacturing facility, and delivered the modules by ferry to the passenger terminal. The gates were installed in three phases to ensure time efficiencies and to alleviate any impact to customers, airport ground crews and plane traffic.

“In partnership with Nieuport and PortsToronto, PCL was honoured to enhance the passenger experience at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport,” said Kelly Wallace, Vice President and District Manager of PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto). “Through Nieuport’s adoption of our modular solution, we were able to deliver a high-quality product in a controlled environment, while providing added value through cost savings, speed to market, and with limited impact to airport operations.”

“This project marks the end of a busy and successful year for us,” added Pakey. “In addition to the gates, we completed an upgrade to the lounges adding more space, comfort and modern design features such as new seating options, more electronic charging stations, refreshed business areas, as well as six new restaurants and retail stores offering great selection to passengers.”