Air Canada Considers Abandoning Services At YTZ

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AC is giving serious consideration to abandoning its services at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, where it has long complained it is getting a raw deal.

Tucked in at the end of a positive statement on December and full-year load factors, AC stated the following: “While Air Canada's traffic and load factor at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport increased in 2014 over the previous year, as part of its continuing cost transformation initiatives, Air Canada is assessing the viability of Billy Bishop operations based on current imposed terminal rates and terms.”

As the Toronto Star reports, AC has long complained about access at the island airport, where PD owns and controls the terminal and holds the vast majority of slots. "Porter is very happy with the success of our own business at Billy Bishop," said CEO Robert Deluce in an e-mailed statement to The Star, adding the same terminal fees have been in place for almost 4 years. "We would apply for any slots that became available at the airport to continue expanding our route network."

Air Canada has expressed interest in expanding its services from YTZ, but airport operator Toronto Port Authority has made it clear that there are no plans to offer up any new slots.

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