Transport Canada announced new funding to help Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, will receive more than $14 million to help it recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

“These critical investments will allow Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and to allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel,” said Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport.

The airport will receive more than $10.9 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to:

  • rehabilitate electrical infrastructure;
  • purchase airfield support equipment;
  • upgrade the airport security systems;
  • rehabilitate the waterfront retaining walls;
  • maintain airfield pavement; and
  • replace airport security fencing and gates.

“Investing in key infrastructure and climate action projects will ensure the airport is well positioned to support pandemic recovery in our region and continue to serve as an essential transportation gateway to Canada’s largest city – supporting jobs, tourism and trade in the Greater Toronto Area,” said Gene Cabral, EVP, PortsToronto and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

In addition to the funding for the infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada also provided Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with over $3.1 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in the Greater Toronto Area and its surrounding communities.

Featured image: (CNW Group/Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport)

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