PHOTO RELEASE - Airfield Rehabilitation Project Underway at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

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TORONTO, July 8, 2016 /CNW/ - A significant three-year rehabilitation initiative taking place on the airfield at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is underway. This project is being undertaken in an effort to modernize the airport and ensure it continues to serve as an economic engine for the city as well as providing efficient service to the 2.5 million passengers who travel through the airport each year.

PortsToronto has implemented a number of unique measures to minimize the impact of construction activities on local residents including limitations on construction vehicle access. These procedures will ensure minimal impacts on local residents as well as travellers related to construction traffic, and further demonstrate PortsToronto's commitment to balance within a mixed use waterfront.

More information on the project, schedules and team can be found at

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 extensive connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airline's 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 (
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: "Photo: A McKeil tug pushes a barge with equipment and material from the Port Lands to Billy Bishop Airport. In order to reduce the traffic through the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood, the majority of equipment and materials are transported to the site by barge from the Port Lands to a temporary dock on the south east side of the airport. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Photo: The floating barge can carry 600 tonnes of aggregate material from the Port Lands to the airport, eliminating the need for 50 dump trucks (25 each way) on the roads in the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Photo: Aggregates are delivered to Billy Bishop Airport for the new pavement structure of runway 06-24. The rehabilitation project involves the majority of airfield surfaces at the airport including the airport's main runway 08-26 which is used by the majority of our stakeholders including our commercial carriers Air Canada and Porter Airlines. The initiative is necessary to replace the existing aging civil and electrical infrastructure (pavements and lighting) for the airport's runways, taxiways and apron areas. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)". Image available at:

For further information: Media Contact: Sarah Sutton, Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations, PortsToronto, Tel: (416) 863-2065; Cell: (647) 298-0544, E-mail:


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