/R E P E A T -- MEDIA ADVISORY - Official Opening of Ground Run-Up Enclosure at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on April 19, 2017/

TORONTO, April 18, 2017 /CNW/ - PortsToronto is pleased to announce that the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport will join in the official opening of the new Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE) at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on Wednesday, April 19.

To celebrate the opening of the GRE (a three-sided, open-top facility that will accommodate commercial aircraft at the airport and is designed to dampen the noise associated with high-power aircraft engine ground run-up operations), a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a tour of the facility and a demonstration will take place at 1:30 p.m. Details are as follows:


Remarks, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Facility Tour and Demonstration.


Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

2 Eireann Quay, Toronto, ON M5V 1A1

(Media can access the airport through the Billy Bishop Airport Pedestrian Tunnel and proceed to the Ferry Terminal for registration. Please be onsite no later than 12:30 p.m. as media will be bused over to the GRE facility.)


April 19, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

1:30 p.m. – Remarks

1:50 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting (Photo op)

1:55 p.m. – Tour of GRE with Minister Garneau (Photo op)

2:10 p.m. – Demonstration for media


Geoffrey Wilson, CEO, PortsToronto

Robert Poirier, Chairman, PortsToronto

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Federal Minister of Transport



  • Media are asked to RSVP by contacting Sarah Sutton at (647) 298-0544 or by email at ssutton@portstoronto.com.
  • Satellite trucks may use the ferry and should arrive no later than noon. For satellite truck parking, please contact Sarah Sutton (contact information above).
  • Please dress according to the weather as portions of the event will take place outside.
  • Media accreditation is required.

About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (https://www.portstoronto.com/airport.aspx)
Billy Bishop Airport is Canada's ninth-busiest airport and welcomed 2.7 million business and leisure travellers in 2016. 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 number of awards including being named one of North America's best airports by Skytrax World Airport Awards and winning Best Airport in North America in two categories and tied for second globally in the Airports Council International's (ACI) 2016 Airport Service Quality Awards. Billy Bishop Airport also won the Airports Council International (ACI-NA) 2017 Environmental Achievement Award for Best Noise Mitigation Program. In 2016, the airport was named as having one of the Top Ten Most Beautiful Airport Approaches in the world by Private Fly and was ranked fourth Best International Airport by Condé Nast Traveler in October 2016.

About Ports Toronto (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 more than 2.7 million passengers in 2016; 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 $9 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

For further information: Media Contacts: Sarah Sutton, Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations, PortsToronto, Cell: (647) 298-0544, E-mail: ssutton@portstoronto.com


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