Nonono, Canadian Idull Kalan Porter did not strike it big, but expect to see his name strewn across airplanes this year. (unaffiliated) Porter airlines is slated to begin operations on Toronto’s City Centre Airport. Their first destination will be Ottawa, with Montreal, NYC and Chicago coming later.
This new development is not coming without a fuss. Locals are angry and expect more noise and pollution to the area. Porter president Robert Deluce stated that flights would likely run from 7am to 10pm. My MP Olivia Chow (wow this riding is huge!) said in a statement that “It serves no public interest and should not receive a certificate to operate.”
This Torontoist is not convinced either way. After a $50 cab ride to Pearson’s a closer airport sounds fantastic. And when I go to the waterfront, tearing down condos seems like a better idea than getting rid of the airplanes. But these are all menial arguments really, after all, the West8 waterfront design agrees with Olivia: they paved over the airport with more park.
[photo: Porter Airplane - flyporter.com]