If it’s an election year it must be time to discuss the future of Toronto City Centre Airport. But you can’t do that unless someone wants to build a bridge or, say, start a new airline to fly out of there – enter Porter Airlines.
If you didn’t catch the extensive article in The Star on the weekend, here’s the deal: The commuter airline, set to start flying between here and Ottawa when they get approval from Transport Canada, proudly took delivery of their first aircraft at the island airport yesterday.
Now, if you’re the sort of bourgeois capitalist who still thinks it’s pretty cool to have a mini-airport in the centre of downtown, you can’t help but giggle at the benefits: a new airline with splashy, retro stylings; a new ferry and renovated airport facilities etc.
Those militant tree-huggers, however, aren’t impressed, despite the planes being turboprops (i.e. not jets). Mayor Miller was among those not invited/allowed to attend the ceremony yesterday.
Complicating matters is some good, old-fashioned pork barrel: Namely that the Bombardier Q400 turbo-props the airline will be using are built in Downsview so not every Toronto politician wants to see them shut down.
In the end, we don’t think it’s likely to galvanize people across the city the way the 2003 bridge plan did (remember the moral victory that cost us $35 million?), but you can’t blame the media for salivating at the possibility of a good fight.