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Since its opening in 1939, this airport has served as an important commercial aviation centre, a training base for both the Royal Canadian and Royal Norwegian Air Forces during WWI, a hub for General Aviation and emergency Medevac services and a key driver of Toronto’s economy. Today, the airport is Canada’s ninth busiest airport, servicing 24 destinations, welcoming 2.5 million travelers each year and generating more than $2 billion in economic impact for the city. In 2015, it reached a major milestone in customer service with the opening of a new pedestrian tunnel connecting Toronto’s mainland to the airport. Constructed 100 ft. below the surface of Lake Ontario and spanning the Western Gap, the tunnel provides travelers with quick and easy access to the airport in less than a six-minute walk.
For one day only – Saturday, May 28 – the airport will provide visitors with an in-depth look at the history and inner workings of the airport. Tour through the airport’s new 853-foot underwater tunnel and visit areas not usually accessible to the public, including a viewing area to watch planes up close as they taxi for take-off and landing. Enjoy the rare opportunity to go inside the airport’s fire hall and maintenance areas where children, young and old, can climb into a fire truck and explore one of the airport’s large snow sweepers. Billy Bishop Airport staff, operational personnel, historical experts and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional insight. A shuttle will be made available to those who require extra mobility assistance.
A complimentary express shuttle bus runs between Billy Bishop Airport and Downtown Toronto. The shuttle is open to anyone going to the airport, whether or not they are travelling.
Want to take the shuttle? You can hop on just outside the airport’s mainland ferry terminal building or across the street from Union Station. The downtown shuttle stop is located on south side of Front Street, just past the southwest corner of York and Front Streets. The designated stop is located near Starbucks.