Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. is exploring the idea of selling its passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the company has announced, in the interest of a sale-leaseback agreement.
The terminal is operated by City Centre Terminal Corp., a PAHI subsidiary.
According to a release, such a transaction would allow the company to focus on its core airline business through Porter Airlines Inc.
The airline will continue to be based at Billy Bishop with no change to its airline operations, it says, and proceeds from the sale would allow for continued investment in the airline's growth.
"The investment by PAHI in designing, constructing and operating the BBTCA terminal at an early stage of the airport's revitalization was crucial to supporting Porter's growth," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of PAHI. "This helped create a unique passenger experience based on speed, convenience and service, which the airport is now internationally recognized for."
"Using experienced operators for airport infrastructure, such as terminals, is part of a global trend to enhance operations through private sector management," Porter's release states. "With a professional terminal operator, the airport will benefit from continued and focused development of retail, concessions and the overall passenger experience."
PAHI has retained Barclays Capital Canada and RBC Capital Markets to facilitate this process.
Photo: Robert Deluce, president & CEO, Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. By Olive Photography.