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Toronto (September 21, 2016)
– PortsToronto, owners and operators of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport), today announced that more than 782,000 passengers arrived and departed through the airport this summer. In August, 268,584 people travelled through Billy Bishop Airport, marking not only the airport’s busiest month to date but its busiest summer in history. Both Porter Airlines and Air Canada contributed to the high passenger numbers, which were a combination of leisure and business travellers.
“With two award-winning commercial carriers with direct service to more than 20 destinations in Canada and the U.S., and connections to 80 international destinations via our airlines’ networks, 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. “Whether for business or leisure, more and more people are choosing to embark upon their journey quickly, comfortably and conveniently at Billy Bishop Airport and we are thrilled that the summer of 2016 marked the busiest in our airport’s history with more than 782,000 passengers travelling through our doors in June, July and August.”
Billy Bishop Airport experienced record-breaking monthly passenger levels recording 255,906 passengers in June, 257,969 passengers in July and 268,584 passengers in August. The airport’s successful summer is consistent with the steady growth experienced at the airport since 2006 under its managed growth strategy to ensure balance along the waterfront.
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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