Desperate TPA Op-Ed Ignores the Truth in Push for Jets

NoJetsTO: Concerns from City Staff, Board of Health, Waterfront Toronto Ignored by Pro-Jets Port Authority TORONTO – A desperate Toronto Port Authority is again acting as a mouthpiece for Porter owner Deluce in a pro-jets op-ed in the Toronto Star. “The latest propaganda piece on the jet plans shows that the TPA and Porter are on the backfoot,” NoJetsTO Anshul Kapoor remarked. “It’s clear that the Port Authority is anything but neutral in this fight – they should come clean now.” Contrary to their publicly stated ‘neutrality’, the Toronto Port Authority’s op-ed continues to spread Porter’s misleading claims about putting jets on Toronto’s waterfront while omitting crucial information. “City staff, the Board of Health, TRCA and Waterfront Toronto have all raised red flags – but the TPA ignores them,” the NoJetsTO chair continued. “The TPA is not the steward of our waterfront – instead they have a vested interest in expanding the airport.” “The latest scientific poll showed that there is no majority for jets in Toronto; opposition has actually gotten stronger,” Kapoor noted. “Councillors and the public shouldn’t be hoodwinked by a rogue agency with a bad track record on accountability.” “The TPA has repeatedly refused to say how big they want to grow the Island Airport,” Anshul Kapoor concluded. “Suggesting a temporary passenger cap while the City builds infrastructure for the TPA is ridiculous.” NoJetsTO is a coalition of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a boutique Island Airport. Representing residents across Toronto, the non-partisan organization NoJetsTO opposes the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways. NoJetsTO’s goal is to preserve the status quo at the Island Airport by protecting the Tripartite Agreement that governs it. Fact Checking the TPA Claims: “Billy Bishop Airport has no aspirations to become an operation on the scale of an Ottawa International Airport.” Fact: the Island Airport has the ability to grow to 4.6-4.8M passengers annually assuming 202 daily slots, which is in line with the Ottawa International airport at 4.6M passengers. Source: City staff report (page 4).  http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-64300.pdf “As there are currently no new slots available, the introduction of jets just means the existing slots will be better utilized.” Fact: commercial slots can go up to 440 per day if general aviation is squeezed out, a City-commissioned report found in 2010 (page 18, scenario 12). http://www.nojetsto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Airbiz_Peer_Review_YTZ_Capacity_Report_2011-02-03.pdf  

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