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Toronto (October 7, 2016)
– PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport), today announced that more than 13,000 passengers will travel through Billy Bishop Airport in advance of the Thanksgiving Day weekend making it the single busiest day in the history of the airport. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of the busiest summer yet at Billy Bishop Airport with more than 782,000 people travelling through the airport in June, July and August. Both Porter Airlines and Air Canada are key contributors to the high passenger numbers that will include many leisure travellers departing from and arriving in Toronto ahead of the three-day long weekend.
“With more than 13,000 people travelling through Billy Bishop Airport today, we are thrilled to celebrate our single busiest day yet and look forward to welcoming and assisting travellers as they begin their holiday weekend,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and PortsToronto. “Whether visiting family in Toronto or taking off to New York, Boston or Montreal for the long weekend, more and more people are choosing our airport for a convenient, customer-focussed travel experience from curb to gate and beyond.”
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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