Via Rail and Pickering Airport – Harmony by the Numbers

Written by Ted Nickerson Sorry Folks, the Via Rail project for Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec City High Frequency Rail passenger service does not mean Pickering Airport is not needed nor can it be delayed. As a supporter of Pickering Airport, I can honestly say that I am a supporter of the Via Rail HFR project too.  The most […]

Pickering Airport Symbiosis with Passenger Rail

In the 19th century, passenger rail displaced the horse and buggy and steamship as the preferred mode of intercity travel in Canada. In the 20th century the automobile and air travel displaced passenger rail service. Airports are now an integral part of the bonds that form the Canadian nation. But will continuing advances in automotive […]

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 […]

Toronto Dead last again: Pearson’s growing on time Performance Calamity

Despite all the efforts by Pearson’s amazing award-winning team, the airport hit yet another new low in on time performance in February. According to www.flightstats.com, Pearson (ICAO airport code YYZ) once again came in dead last in on time performance among the 28 major airports in North America.   The source of the trouble is […]

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 […]

When will the Pickering Airport Needs Assessment Analysis be released?

Updated Feb 5, 2019: A report has been completed, a recommendation has been made and the need for the Pickering Airport is overwhelming. If the reports recommendations are followed, some time this year the federal government will make an announcement  green-lighting the new international jet airport in Pickering. The long and ongoing process of building […]

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 […]

Exploring the intertwined future of Oshawa, Buttonville and Pickering Airports.

With the recent announcement of the closing of the City of Oshawa’s largest employer, the General Motors assembly plant, what does the future hold for aviation in Oshawa and the eastern Toronto region? Airport areas are catalysts for employment clusters that generate jobs and GDP for the surrounding region. For 60 years, the eastern Toronto […]

Toronto’s Urgent Generation WOW Challenge

By: Mark Brooks, Phil Lightstone Aviation in the Toronto region is facing an urgent environmental and economic challenge. First, thanks to the strengthening global economy and the Toronto regions booming growth, the number of long haul passenger flights to/from Toronto is expected to increase dramatically over the next two decades. Second, the global aviation transportation […]

Why low cost carriers and their passengers will love Pickering’s new airport.

Written by Mark Brooks and Phil Lightstone The new Pickering airport will be a state-of-the-art 21st century transportation hub, but which airlines are expected to call it home? The answer can be found in the new airport’s large passenger catchment area, the expected low operating costs for aircraft using it and the operational constraints at […]