Federal government rejects Billy Bishop airport expansion
According to Marc Garneau, the country’s new Transport Minister, there will be no expansion at Billy Bishop Airport.
The announcement was made through Garneau’s twitter account at 9 p.m. Thursday where he stated the tripartite agreement between the City of Toronto, Toronto Port Authority and Ministry of Transportation would not be reinstated where expansion would take place at the island’s airport.
Councillor Mike Layton was somewhat amazed by the comments made by Garneau and expressed his disappointment in regards to expansion being pulled off the table.
Porter Airlines signed a deal in 2013 worth $2 billion to purchase a dozen jets that they were looking to fly from Billy Bishop Airport to destinations such as the Caribbean, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
The Liberal government is honouring a party election pledge to not re-open the agreement.
I confirm that GoC position is same as LPC commitment: we will not re-open tripartite agreement for YTZ 2/2— Marc Garneau (@MarcGarneau) November 13, 2015