Island airport to recall staff and increase operations to prepare for a return to commercial operations
TORONTO, July 5, 2021 / CNW / – PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, is pleased to confirm that commercial air service to / from the downtown airport will resume September 8, 2021, with the ad Porter Airlines restarted that day. Porter Airlines will gradually introduce regular service to / from Toronto, offering flights to / from Montreal, Ottawa and Thunder bay at September 8, with eight additional destinations uploaded the week of September 13. Air Canada should restart his Montreal service in September also.
“PortsToronto is pleased to confirm that Billy Bishop Airport will resume commercial air transport operations on September 8, 2021, and began the process of staff recall, airport preparation and counting down the days until we can welcome travelers back to our successful and award-winning airport, ”said Geoffroy wilson, CEO, PortsToronto. “Billy Bishop Airport is an asset to the city of Toronto and the surrounding region given its impact on supporting the economy, facilitating trade and tourism and creating thousands of jobs. Billy Bishop Airport will play an important role in the economic recovery of our city and province, and we are excited to scale up our operations and get back to connecting travelers with the people, places, experiences and jobs that exist. ‘they like. “
Commercial aircraft service was temporarily suspended at Billy Bishop Airport in March 2020, due to the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions. The airport remained open during the pandemic to ensure the continuity of operations of Ornge’s medical evacuation service and to serve regional carriers such as FlyGTA and Cameron Air, general aviation pilots and tour operators such as Helitours.
Before the pandemic, Billy Bishop Airport handled approximately 2.8 million passengers per year, supported more than 4,700 jobs and generated $ 470 million in GDP. The airport looks forward to returning to these levels of service and having a positive impact. Air transport has already started to rebound in many markets around the world, with the Reports in the United States a return to 65% of pre-pandemic levels by May 2021, and expectations for future growth as summer approaches.
Billy Bishop Airport launched its Safe Travel Program in recent months to prepare the airport and its travelers for new and updated public health protocols associated with travel. This program is complemented by programs in place with each of its carriers – Porter Airlines’ Healthy flights Air Canada’s program and program CleanCare + program.
About PortsToronto (https://www.portstoronto.com)
For more than 100 years, PortsToronto has worked with partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to improve the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport; the outer harbor marina, one of the from Canada the largest freshwater marinas; and Marine Terminal 52, which provides transportation, distribution, warehousing and container services to businesses in the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $ 12 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities from Toronto waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates under the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member council with representatives from all three levels of government.
SOURCE Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
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