It has been more than 75 years since the first commercial passenger flight landed at Billy Bishop Airport on September 8, 1939, carrying American bandleader Tommy Dorsey and his swing band.

Since then, Billy Bishop Airport, owned and operated by PortsToronto, has established itself as a world-class airport providing 2.7 million passengers each year with convenient access into and out of Canada’s largest city, Toronto.

Throughout its history, the airport has served as an important commercial aviation centre, a training ground for both the Royal Canadian and Royal Norwegian Air Forces during World War 2, a hub for General Aviation and Medevac services, and as a key driver of Toronto’s economy.

Fly with us down memory lane through photos, video and historical information to see why we believe Billy Bishop Airport is one of Toronto's great success stories.

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