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 Airlies 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 accomodate Porter Airlines’ request represents a major change not just to the physical environment and auditory impact of the Island Airport, but 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 a small local airport into a second major air traffic hub.