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TORONTO – The little airport that could has just surpassed all expectations with a record number of passengers in June 2016.
PortsToronto, owners and operators of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, also known as Billy Bishop Airport, has confirmed that more than 250,000 passengers arrived and departed through the airport last month, marking the busiest month in the airport’s history.
Both Porter Airlines and Air Canada have been credited with the airport’s success, serving a combination of leisure and business travellers.
The busy month is consistent with steady growth experienced at the airport since 2006 under its managed growth strategy to ensure balance along the waterfront.
It is also in line with a recent Toronto Region Board of Trade report entitled ‘Collaboration, Connectivity and Competitiveness,’ which indicates that the demand in air travel in Southern Ontario will grow by more than 50% in the next 30 years.
This will lead to 90 million passengers, exceeding current capacity that sits at 70 million passengers. As such, Billy Bishop Airport has partnered with Pearson International and other airports from Kitchener to Windsor to plan and prepare for this future growth.
“With two award-winning commercial carriers with direct service to more than 20 destinations in Canada and the U.S., and connections to 80 destinations through partner airline agreements, Billy Bishop Airport is an important gateway for business and leisure travellers alike,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and PortsToronto, who also noted that July and August are shaping up to be busy months.
“Amenities such as the pedestrian tunnel, enhanced shuttle service, full-service lounges, proximity to downtown and shorter lines have established Billy Bishop Airport as the airport of choice among those looking for quick, convenient, comfortable access to such cities as Ottawa, New York, Boston and Montreal.”