Apparantly there is a new airline being proposed at the Toronto Island Airport. This in the wake of news that the airport might be closed for good. See the article for details.
I, as an aviation fan, and hopefully future airline pilot, welcome something like this with open arms. Also, I do believe that business people in downtown Toronto who need good air service to other cities not too far away, have a lot to gain by this.
There is a lot of pressure from many different groups to close the airport. There are, I hate to say it, many good reasons to close it down. Also, what about Air Ontario? Or should I say, Air Canada Regional? They will compete, and they have the means to do so, at least I think they do.
There are plans to develop new condos, which would be in the approach path to one of the runways. This is a huge source of revenue for the area, and possibly seen by most as a more positive development. Also, there will be the high speed rail link to Pearson Airport, which means that getting to Pearson wont be too long, maybe 30 minutes. Considering it will take 10 to 15 minutes to get to the Island Airport anyways, the difference isn't significant. Another factor, is that this is a noise sensitive area, and the greenies are always crying about anything, and their voices are heard by the government. Doesn't matter how quiet these DASH 8's really are, they will always complain. Maybe they should only let aviation buffs move to the island!
My aviation heart wants this, but I don't know if it is the most sensible thing to do for the city and the immediate area.
What is everybody's thoughts on this???
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster