The Island Airport is in the wrong location

By Friday, April 16, 2021 0 No tags Permalink 0

Mr. Virani and Mr. Trudeau,Helping Canadians get through the pandemic is one thing. Propping up an environmentally toxic business that is in the wrong location – a major park and a densely populated area – is another. As Community Air argues persuasively (see media release below): “Our waterfront is closer to enduring peace and ...

CAIR Press Release: Island Airport Needs Private Investment. Is this the opportunity to close it?

By Wednesday, March 31, 2021 0 No tags Permalink 0

CommunityAIR - working towards a clean, green waterfrontFor Immediate Release Tuesday, March 30, 2021Contact: Brian Iler, Chair 416-835-4384 (cell)416 598 0544 (work direct)Ports Toronto today announced it is seeking a financial investor in its Island Airport. By doing so, it admits it has failed in its decades-long efforts to operate a viable airport on ...

Airline industry in trouble

By Sunday, November 29, 2020 0 No tags Permalink 0

On November 28 the Report on Business section of The Globe and Mail published an article today titled, "Airline workers struggle to find employment as COVID-19 decimates industry." Some excerpts: Canada's industry was a $10 billion industry. Now $350 million, annualized.There were 80,000 employees in the industry. Now 50,000, buoyed up by wage subsidies. That suggests more ...

Is Porter in financial trouble?

By Monday, November 23, 2020 0 No tags Permalink 0

This is a delicious story. A Globe article on Saturday revealed that Porter Airline, the scourge of Toronto’s waterfront, is having trouble paying its bills. That’s not a surprise, since it hasn’t operated since March, and has no plans to restart until next February, at the earliest. We’ve all savoured the peace and quiet we’ve had on ...

Letter to Adam Vaughan

By Sunday, June 7, 2020 0 No tags Permalink 0

The pause in flights of Porter and Air Canada at the island airport has brought a lot of calmness to me and our Bathurst Quay neighbourhood.  A stark reminder came a few days ago when Porter had a Q400 idling an engine at the east end of its terminal building.   My wife and I have ...

This is a letter sent to the Prime Minister from CommunityAIR about the bailout of Porter Airlines

By Monday, April 6, 2020 0 No tags Permalink 0

CommunityAIR - working towards a clean, green Toronto waterfront Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Dear Prime Minister, CommunityAIR objects to your proposed bail‑out of Porter Airlines to the tune of $135 million. Why? Even though the COVID‑19 crisis properly demands much of our attention now, the climate crisis is looming too, with similar potential impact. We submit that your decisions to address the ...