August Busiest Month on Record with 285,811 Passengers
TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2018 /CNW/ - PortsToronto, owners and operators of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, today confirmed that it experienced its busiest summer on record with 817,171 passengers arriving and departing through the airport from June to August 2018. Both Porter Airlines and Air Canada contributed to the high passenger numbers, which were a combination of leisure and business travellers.
"Whether travelling to Toronto, New York, Ottawa or Montreal for business meetings or taking off to Boston or Halifax for a fun summer getaway, more and more people are choosing our airport for its unique passenger service which includes complimentary shuttle service, comfortable lounges, shorter lines and proximity to downtown," said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and PortsToronto. "This summer also marked a busy time for infrastructure development at the airport with the completion of our airfield rehabilitation project and the ongoing completion of the terminal upgrade which includes larger passenger lounges. We are proud that we were able to introduce improved facilities and infrastructure at the same time as providing a high level of service and efficiency to passengers."
Billy Bishop Airport experienced record-breaking monthly passenger levels recording 267,094 passengers in June; 264,866 passengers in July; and 285,211 passengers in August, surpassing the previous monthly record, which was set in August 2017, by nearly 12,000. Billy Bishop Airport serviced 2.8 million passengers in 2017 and is currently the ninth busiest airport in Canada.
About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (https://www.billybishopairport.com). 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, generating more than $470 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year and supporting 4,740 jobs, including 2,080 directly associated with the airport operations. Billy Bishop Airport is renowned for its unique travel experience, efficiency and customer service and 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) Airport Service Quality Awards and Skytrax World Airport Awards. Billy Bishop Airport was also ranked as the fourth Best International Airport by Condé Nast Traveler in 2017.
About PortsToronto (http://www.portstoronto.com)
For more than 100 years PortsToronto 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 welcomed 2.8 million passengers in 2017; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and, Marine Terminal 52, which provides 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 $10 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.
For further information: Media Contact: Sarah Sutton, Manager, Communications & Government Relations, PortsToronto, Tel: (416) 863-2065, Cell: (647) 298-0544, E-mail: [email protected]