TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines supports today's decision
by the City of Toronto's Executive Committee to defer Porter's proposal
for introducing quiet jet service at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
until early next year.
This not only allows the city to have further discussions with the
Toronto Port Authority and federal government, but provides an
opportunity for consultant reports commissioned by city staff as part
of their review to be studied in greater detail.
"We're encouraged that all parties overseeing airport operations appear
ready to have detailed discussions about the proposal," said Robert
Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "This is an opportunity
to properly understand what the consultant reports really say and work
toward realistic, short- and long-term solutions."
The reports clearly indicate that the Bombardier CS100, with its new
engine technology, will almost certainly meet the airport's very strict
noise limits and provide environmental benefits, such as virtually
eliminating certain emissions. Additionally, the proposed runway
extension is unlikely to have any material impact on the Western
Having lost their two primary points of opposition, airport opponents
are now misleading people about how much landside infrastructure work
is required and how much it will cost. The city's consultants
explicitly recommend against unrealistic growth scenarios and the
associated infrastructure to support it.
The reports indicate that mainland airport access can be improved with
no more than $3 million of investment to handle some passenger growth,
including jets. This involves increasing shuttle bus use, and improved
signage and traffic signaling in the area. With an additional
investment of just $50 million, landside infrastructure would be
sufficient to handle even the most unrealistically high scenarios for
"When people raise outlandish numbers such as $500 million in
infrastructure improvements, they are not being truthful, and the
consultant reports clearly state that such expenditures are not
advisable," said Deluce. "Reasonable limits to growth can be put in
place, allowing the airport and community to continue prospering
The CS100 will make it possible for Porter to open up new destinations
and offer lower fares from Toronto City Airport to locations such as
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Florida and the
Caribbean. A significant boost to economic development and tourism in
Toronto is also anticipated.
Additional information about Porter's proposal is available at www.porterplans.com.
About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and
effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to
air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline
Star Rating® by Skytrax, and rated best in the world in Condé Nast
Traveler's Readers Choice Awards Top Small Airlines category.
The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal,
Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste.
Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway),
Boston, Washington (Dulles) and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant,
Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Burlington, Vt. Vacation packages are
available from Porter Escapes at www.porterescapes.com.
Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.
SOURCE: Porter Airlines Inc.