Councillor McMahon does not support extending the runway at Billy Bishop Airport.
The vision for Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has always been a local airport to handle short flights with small propeller planes. The tripartite agreement between the City of Toronto, Toronto Port Authority and the Federal Government solidified this conception into a public agreement which was signed by all parties.
Porter Airlines revealed, with no advance notice that it planned to purchase jets which require an 1102 feet (336 metre) runway extension at the Billy Bishop Airport. The runway extension required to accommodate Porter Airlines’ request represents a major change to the physical environment and auditory impact of the Island Airport, which is a violation of the spirit of the tripartite agreement.
Councillor McMahon encourages Porter Airlines to use Pearson Airport as its base for medium/long haul flights as every other airline wishing to land in Toronto does. She cannot support turning a small local airport into a second major air traffic hub.