PortsToronto is undertaking a number of key infrastructure and capital improvements at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Billy Bishop Airport subscribes to a managed growth approach to airport volumes and development. As an urban airport located less than 3 kilometres from downtown, Billy Bishop Airport must remain focused on maintaining balance between our operations and the surrounding community. Billy Bishop Airport began operating in 1939, when the waterfront and the area around Bathurst Street and Lakeshore Avenue was industrial and had no residential developments. As condos began to be built around the airport and the waterfront became a recreational destination, the importance of balance became increasingly important.
In 2006, the airport served 22,300 travellers per year. In 2016, it welcomed 2.7 million travellers through the airport. This exponential increase was not without its growing pains and it became clear that a managed growth approach and an investment in infrastructure was required. Over the last five years, PortsToronto has been investing in infrastructure and developing policies that mitigate the impact of airport operations so that it can better integrate into the community. This includes building infrastructure such as a sound barrier and the recently opened Ground Run-Up Enclosure, which is only the second of its kind in Canada and which dampens the noise emitted from engines undergoing mandatory testing after maintenance. PortsToronto has also developed policies regarding where, when and how noise is generated in order to minimize operational impacts on the surrounding neighbours. Beyond this, PortsToronto chooses 100% Bullfrog Power green electricity across all operations in order to reduce our impact on the environment overall.
Managed Growth - Managed growth means growing the airport in a manner that keeps pace with the infrastructure needs of the area and in balance with the surrounding community. This is achieved through various means, including implementation of airport capacity or slot restrictions, and ensuring that the Noise Exposure Forecast (NEF) output remain within the prescribed limits established within the Tripartite Agreement.