Adam Vaughan Declares Island Airport Expansion "Dead"
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Adam Vaughan Declares Island Airport Expansion “Dead”

This Porter flight may be delayed.

With a Liberal majority, Adam Vaughan may finally stop the Billy Bishop Island Airport expansion.

The Spadina–Fort York member of parliament will likely play a key role in the incoming government, and stopping the expansion is a top local issue. Porter Airlines wants to expand the airport runway in order to begin flying jets out of the downtown airport. The current terms and conditions governing the airport prohibit jets, and changing those rules requires the City, PortsToronto (formerly the Toronto Port Authority), and the federal government to agree to open up the tri-partite agreement.

That seems much less likely now.

Adam Vaughan told the Toronto Star that the push for the Island Airport is “dead” with a Liberal government, a sentiment echoed by local councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina), who once ran against Vaughan in a by-election for the federal seat.

The pronouncement could be an anti-climactic end to what was expected to be a pitched battle at Toronto city council, as studies on possible expansion will be debated at city hall in early 2016.

But the issue looks moot for now. Despite this, Porter Airlines has not given up–they have a lot invested in the expansion effort–and appealed to “the wishes of the people of Toronto,” according to the Star.