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Toronto (August 12, 2016)
– PortsToronto, owners and operators of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport), today confirmed that approximately 258,000 passengers arrived and departed through the airport in July 2016, marking the busiest month in the airport’s history for the second month in a row. Both Porter Airlines and Air Canada contributed to the high passenger numbers, which were a combination of leisure and business travellers.
“Last month we announced that we had hit a new record with 250,000 passengers travelling through Billy Bishop Airport,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and PortsToronto. “We are happy to say that in July we beat this record welcoming approximately 258,000 through our doors. Our airport has long been the airport of choice among business travellers, but we are seeing more and more leisure travellers and at no time is that more apparent than in the summer when fun destinations such as New York, Halifax and Montreal beckon. With a lower Canadian dollar we are seeing more leisure travel within Canada and our airport is the perfect destination and departure point to take in the sites of eastern Canada.”
About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Billy Bishop Airport is Canada's ninth-busiest airport and welcomes 2.5 million business and leisure travellers each year. The airport is also Canada’s sixth-busiest airport with passenger service into the United States. Offering service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines’ networks, Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto’s economy, accounting for more than $2.1 billion in economic output each year and supporting 6,500 jobs, including 1,960 directly associated with the airport operations. The airport has recently won a series of passenger-driven awards, including being named one of the top airports in North America in both the Airports Council International’s (ACI) 2015 Airport Service Quality Awards and Skytrax 2016 World Airport Awards.
About PortsToronto (http://www.portstoronto.com/)
For more than 100 years PortsToronto, (formerly the Toronto Port Authority), has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomes more than two million passengers each year; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and, Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $8 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.
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Sarah Sutton, Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations
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