TORONTO, March 17, 2016 /CNW/ - Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport was named one of North America's best airports by Skytrax World Airport Awards, the premier international airport awards voted on by more than 13 million passengers worldwide. Billy Bishop Airport was ranked the ninth best regional airport on the continent, making it one of only two regional airports in Canada to be recognized in the category. Halifax Stanfield Airport was ranked fourth, with such U.S. airports as Kentucky, Cincinnati and Seattle-Tacoma rounding out the list. The awards were presented yesterday evening in Cologne, Germany, at the 2016 Passenger Terminal Expo.
The 2016 Awards are based on 13 million customer nominations across 112 nationalities of air travellers, and included 550 airports worldwide. Passengers continue to choose Billy Bishop Airport as a top airport with high marks across 39 key performance indicators, including fast check-in times, ease of access to the terminal, and the courtesy and efficiency of airport staff. Billy Bishop Airport won the same award in 2014.
"This international recognition by Skytrax World Airport Awards for the third time is a true testament to all of the people and organizations that contribute to our airport's success. From our exceptional PortsToronto staff to the award-winning airlines to the excellent service providers, this airport has grown into a world-class facility offering passengers a unique travel experience that is valued and appreciated by all those who travel to and from it," said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of PortsToronto, owner and operator of the airport.
This Skytrax World Airport Award is the second international passenger-driven award won by Billy Bishop Airport over the past month. On February 29, the airport was named one of the top airports in North America in the Airports Council International's (ACI) 2015 Airport Service Quality Awards. In 2015, the airport was also recognized as one of the Top Ten Most Beautiful Airport Approaches by Private Fly and was a finalist in the World Business Travel Awards.
About the Skytrax World Airport Awards
The World Airport Awards are the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry voted by customers in the largest, annual global airport customer satisfaction survey. The survey and awards process is independent and guaranteed free of any airport influence. The World Airport Awards are a global benchmark of airport excellence, and widely known as the Passengers Choice Awards. For more information on the Skytrax World Airport Awards please click here.
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.
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.
For further information: Media Contact: Erin Mikaluk, Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations, PortsToronto, Tel: (416) 863-2065, Cell: (647) 298-0544, E-mail: [email protected]