Toronto’s Pandemic Recovery Will Require New Airport Infrastructure

By Mark Brooks Passenger aviation is now in the early stages of restarting from its COVID-19-induced shutdown. As the pandemic continues to turn the world upside down, airports and airlines are grappling with the new normal. How can they safely provide critical transportation services, moving both people and goods, to keep the economy going? How […]

Aviation Will Come Roaring Back!

By Ted Nickerson In 2019, major international aviation agencies (ICAO, IATA) predicted that global passenger volumes would double by 2037.  Annual passenger growth had been healthy, and all looked well.  That changed in early 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Cities, regions, and even countries went into lock-down.  Borders closed.  Aviation commercial passenger volumes crashed.  […]

Whitchurch-Stouffville Oddball Justifications for Opposing Pickering Airport

  On August 27, 2019, the Development Services staff of Whitchurch-Stouffville issued Report DS-037-19, “Pickering Airport Update (D26)”.  The town council then quickly voted on a resolution opposing the development of the long-planned Pickering Airport. The mayor and council did not ask for input or provide a review period for this document which appears to contain incorrect, […]

Pickering Airport Facts and Considerations

Why build a new airport now? In 1972, with praiseworthy farsightedness, the Canadian Government set aside thousands of acres of land just east of Toronto for a future airport. Since then, this billion-dollar public land reserve has been leased out to local farmers by Transport Canada.  It has been waiting for the day when Toronto’s […]

SOMAC announced, GTAA joins voices calling for Pickering Airport.

On May 27th, 2019, at a Toronto Region Board of Trade event, the municipal leaders of Southern Ontario came together to solve a problem. After a short video message from the Honorable Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, Howard Eng, CEO of the GTAA (Greater Toronto Airports Authority) described the problem. Pearson airport is now […]

Three-Part Harmony of the Pickering Lands Aviation Sector Analysis

A monumental decision is in the works. Sometime this year Transport Canada will change the Eastern Toronto’s region’s access to aviation forever. This is the federal agency now managing the Pickering airport lands east of Toronto for the Canadian tax payer. The decision that needs to be made is if, when, and in what form […]

A Pearson MegaHub and Toronto’s Missing Airport

Toronto has a black hole in its aviation infrastructure, it is missing the accessible jet airport infrastructure typical for a city of its size.  This hole is so large that it threatens to choke the competitiveness and economic prosperity of the city and the freedom of movement of millions of its citizens. In Toronto, and […]

Pearson airport’s slot capacity explored

Toronto Pearson International airport is expected to be fully slotted as early as 2019. That means, that in addition to a flight plan,  no aircraft will be able to go in or out of Pearson with out a slotted arrival or departure time. So what is a slot, how many does Pearson really have, and […]

Will the GTAA be hurt when Pickering airport opens?

The GTAA ( Greater Toronto Airports Authority) runs only one airport, Canada’s busiest, Toronto Pearson International airport. Pearson is the only jet airport inside Torontos passenger catchment area, and according to Standard & Poors credit rating service, it is a monopoly providing essential travel services to 17% of Canadas population. One in six Canadians must […]

Is creeping risk the new normal for congested Pearson Airport?

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has a big problem. Pearson International airport, the only airport the GTAA operates, is expected to reach its maximum safe mixed aircraft capacity of 520,000 aircraft movements a year (as stated in its 2008 master plan) in about 6 years at its current 2% annual growth rate. The GTAA answer […]