Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) is expected to make a major announcement today on expansion. There is some speculation in the media the announcement will include an order for up to 30 Bombardier CSeries jetliners. The Wall Street Journal reported Porter Airlines has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for 12 CSeries 100 planes, seating 100 to 125 passengers, with options to buy another 18. If the carrier plans to operate jets from the downtown airport it is likely to cause an uphill battle over noise and a longer runway. The downtown airport has a long history of being opposed by some neighborhood groups. This CSeries jetliner would need a longer runway at Bishop. Porter may decide to use the new aircraft on other routes.
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Image: Porter Airlines.
According to the airline, “Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, is located on an island in Toronto Harbour, just offshore of the city’s downtown business and tourism districts. The airport is connected to the mainland by modern ferries carrying passengers across a modest 121 metre (400 ft) gap, often noted as the world’s shortest scheduled ferry run. As Porter’s main operating base, Toronto City Airport provides unrivalled urban accessibility; whether you’re on a quick same-day business trip or escaping for a weekend.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport, formerly known as Toronto City Centre Airport or the Toronto Island Airport, is operated by the Toronto Port Authority. The airport opened to flights in 1939.”
Top Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Porter currently operates the quiet DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop. DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQR (msn 4278) arrives at Montreal (Trudeau) on a flight from Toronto.
All other images: Porter Airlines.