I couple of years ago, when the issue of the Pickering airport lands was raised again, I heard STRONG reports that it would not become a major commercial airport, rather, Buttonville, Oshawa and all of the other rather large sized g/a fields within I'd say a 30-50 km radius would be closed and Pickering would handle all of the Northeastern/Eastern GTA gen av traffic. Don't know if this is true, but I would think it's better to consolidate ops there rather than build a total new commercial pax airport, I'm not too sure people would be interested in connecting from Malton to Pickering, WAY the other side of Toronto, and I could not envision anything in regards to a high speek link linking the 2 airports. In regards to YTZ, isn't it City Council's choice to have jets on the Island, and from what I've seen, Mel is someone who IMHO would say no just for the residence, even though takeoffs on 24 go right out over water and if he wants noise abatement, he can fly em along the coast for a little while longer... I don't think jets will go to YTZ, although it would be a good idea for the airport to accept jet travel as the future, look at Continental going all jet, and American Eagle being all jet at ORD now, albeit I could not see much commercial traffic due to ramp space rather I could see quite a ton of biz-jet traffic into there. I do think it's time Mel and the city put some money into YTZ and build a new underground tunnel and possible a new terminal seeing as it was designed in the 1930's. Now, what about YDZ, errr..... we'll save that for another post...
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