Port Authority Rejects City Council Decision on Passenger Cap

TPA Thinks it is Above the Law with Flat-Out Rejection of Passenger Caps: NoJetsTO TORONTO – The Toronto Port Authority is continuing its crusade against the decision of City Council with its most recent rejection of a passenger cap, despite the fact that City’s decision mandated the cap as a prerequisite for negotiations on the Island Airport expansion. “A month after City Council voted for negotiations with conditions, the Port Authority is tearing the Council decision to shreds,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor criticized. “It’s time for the City to stand up to this rogue federal agency and its boycott of democratic decisions.” The April 1st City Council decision made it clear that the Port Authority has to agree to a 2.4 million-passenger cap per year in order for phase 1 negotiations to go underway. The negotiations could lead to the eventual ntroduction of jets at the Island Airport. The Port Authority rejected the passenger cap in an official statement earlier today. “The TPA is disconnected from reality with its interpretation of the April 1st Council vote on the jets,” Anshul Kapoor continued. “Someone has to tell the Port Authority that the City Council vote was not an April Fool’s joke.” “The Port Authority thinks it’s above the law and can cherry pick which council decisions suit their selfish interest,” Kapoor noted. “Such arbitrary interpretations and bullying tactics show that the TPA is far from the trusted partner it makes itself out to be." 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.

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