Global Poll Ranks Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Sixth Most Scenic Airport Approach in the World

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TORONTO, April 19, 2016 /CNW/ - For the second year in a row, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport) has been voted by travellers as having one of the top ten Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world. PrivateFly today announced that Billy Bishop Airport ranked sixth (compared to seventh in 2015) in their annual global poll to determine the world's most scenic airports, once again making it the only Canadian airport to be recognized. Other airports listed in the top ten include Barra Airport in Scotland, Queenstown Airport in New Zealand and Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport in France.   

More than 7,500 votes cast by travellers from around the world determined this year's top ten airports. Located on the Toronto Islands, Billy Bishop Airport offers the 2.5 million passengers who travel through the airport each year a scenic view of Toronto's skyline and vibrant harbour as they arrive and depart from the city.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by travellers from around the globe for the second year in a row as having one of the world's most picturesque airport approaches, offering passengers spectacular views of Toronto's skyline and harbour as they fly into our city," said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of PortsToronto, owner and operator of the airport. "As a key international gateway into Canada's largest city, Billy Bishop Airport strives to offer passengers an incredible first impression of Toronto and this award, and others like it that we have been honoured to receive in recent months, validate that we are achieving our goal."

The Most Scenic Airport Approaches Award is the third international passenger-driven award won by Billy Bishop Airport over the past two months. Earlier this year, both the Skytrax World Airport Awards and Airports Council International's Airport Service Quality Awards recognized Billy Bishop Airport as being one of the best airports in the North America.

About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
With flights to more than 20 destinations in Canada and the United States and connections to 80 locations around the world, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport provides travellers coming into and out of Canada's largest city with a convenient travel option located less than three kilometres from Toronto's downtown core. In 2015, the airport served 2.5 million passengers, making it the ninth-busiest airport in Canada and the sixth-busiest Canadian airport serving the United States. Billy Bishop Airport was recently named one of the best airports in North America by both Airport Council International and Skytrax. 

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.

SOURCE PortsToronto

Image with caption: "For the second year in a row, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has been voted by travellers as having one of the top ten Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world. The airport is the only Canadian airport to be recognized in PrivateFly's global poll. Located on the Toronto Islands, Billy Bishop Airport offers the 2.5 million passengers who travel through the airport each year a scenic view of Toronto’s skyline and vibrant harbour as they arrive (CNW Group/PortsToronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160419_C2243_PHOTO_EN_668410.jpg

For further information: Media Contact: Erin Mikaluk, Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations, PortsToronto, Tel: (416) 863-2065, Cell: (647) 298-0544, E-mail: emikaluk@portstoronto.com

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