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Billy Bishop airport a valuable asset for Toronto: survey

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  •   09-08-2014  11:10 am

Billy Bishop airport a valuable asset for Toronto: survey

In the wake of reports that Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport will be going up for sale, the Toronto Port Authority has released the results of a recent Ipsos Reid survey, in which 91 per cent of Torontonians agree that the facility is a valuable asset to the city.

Those results, released earlier this week, indicate a four per cent increase from when the same question was asked last August, when 87 per cent of respondents said the airport is a valued facility.

The survey was conducted via telephone interview from Aug. 8 to 19 and polled a representative, randomly selected sample of 700 adults living in Toronto. Ipsos Reid specifically oversampled those residents who live downtown, south of Queen St. (300 of 700 surveyed). News of the airport’s pending sale broke in late August, when Porter Airlines confirmed that it was in the process of investigating a sale-leaseback agreement with a new owner for the airport, which would allow Porter to focus on its core business.

The survey also revealed that 67 per cent of Torontonians indicated they "support the use of jet aircraft at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport provided they make no more noise than the current turboprops," a figure that remained unchanged from 2013. Respondents south of Queen were evenly split with 48 per cent in support and 50 per cent opposed to jets.