CS100 the Right Jet for Pearson, Not Our Waterfront

NoJetsTO applauds Bombardier upon its progress testing the new CS100 jet. However, the Boeing 737-sized jet should find its home at Pearson Airport, not Toronto’s waterfront.

737-700_CS100_FINAL_2400px.jpg“Noise is one issue, but not the main concern when an Ottawa-sized airport threatens to overwhelm our waterfront – a destination for millions of visitors,” NoJetsTO chair Norman Di Pasquale commented. “Jet aircraft, whether CS100 or not, have no place on our revitalized waterfront.”

The demonstration of the CS100 jet at Downsview, which was not open to the public, featured well-known waterfront critic Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong.

“Almost a year and half after City Council voted for mandatory passenger caps at the Island Airport, the Port Authority still hasn’t complied,” the NoJetsTO chair concluded. “It’s sad to see the expansion camp lobbying City Hall when Council’s conditions continue to be ignored.”

“Today’s CS100 demonstration should have included a Boeing 737 for comparison – roughly equivalent in size and weight to new Bombardier jet,” Di Pasquale said. “We have invested billions in revitalizing Toronto’s waterfront – let’s not blight it with jets.”

Porter Airlines plans to more than double passengers at the Island Airport to more than 4 million per year, bringing increased traffic gridlock, pollution –and noise – to Toronto’s waterfront.

NoJetsTO is the largest group dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a regional Island Airport. As a city-wide residents organization, NoJetsTO opposes the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways.

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Tim Ehlich, NoJetsTO Press Secretary, 647-468-3641 or media@nojetsto.ca