Porter Backtracks on Runway Push as PR Disaster Unfolds

NoJetsTO: Porter Didn’t Vet Own Proposal Properly, Now Dealing with Fallout September 4, 2013 TORONTO – Less than 20 hours after pushing for a 200-meter extension of the Island Airport runway, Porter owner Deluce is backpedalling as opposition and media scrutiny of the jet plans intensify. As Deluce is attempting damage control, it’s clear that Porter didn’t vet its original proposal properly. “What we see here is a classic PR disaster,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor commented. “Deluce doesn’t know how much he needs to pave the lake since his CS100 jet hasn’t flown yet.” In a stunning turnaround, Porter now attempts to portray the 200-meter extension on each end of the runway as simply an option for its jet plans. The updated Porter proposal means lengthening the existing runway by a staggering third of the current length. “The proposals by Deluce to turn the Island Airport into a second Pearson Airport are wrong-headed,” Kapoor continued. “The Union-Pearson Express is a step towards making Toronto a world-class city, not jets on the waterfront.” Porter’s announcement to ask for a 400-meter total extension of the Island Airport runway came mere hours before the first public consultation on the jet plans. The late release caught City staff and residents off-guard, rendering significant portions of the ongoing City study effectively pointless. “Torontonians deserve honesty from the guy who wants to sacrifice their waterfront for his profits,” the NoJetsTO chair charged. “But Porter’s push to get its expansion plans approved before the CS100 is allowed to fly shows that Deluce doesn’t have the city in mind.” NoJetsTO is a coalition of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a boutique Island Airport. Representing residents and organizations across Toronto, NoJetsTO opposes the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways. NoJetsTO's goal is to protect the current Tripartite Agreement that governs the Island Airport.

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