Would-be Toronto City Center Airport tenant Regional Airlines Holding Co. (REGCO) has filed a C$500 million ($385 million) lawsuit against the city after it reversed an earlier decision to allow construction of a bridge across Toronto Harbor to the island airport. Chief executive Robert Deluce’s proposal for the new airline, slated for launch this fall with new Bombardier Q400 turboprops, hinged on a fixed road link to the airport.
It took some deft political maneuvering, arm-twisting, wheeling, dealing and more than anything a lot of waiting, but Porter Airlines finally got airborne on October 23 from Toronto’s controversial island airport amid fierce opposition from environmentalists and Air Canada Jazz.
Air Canada Jazz suspended all service to Toronto City Centre Airport on March 1 after an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that the airline would have to vacate the premises to make way for Regco Holdings subsidiary Porter Airlines. Jazz sought an injunction from the provincial court to block its eviction from the facilities by the leaseholder, fellow Regco subsidiary City Centre Aviation.
Air Canada Jazz reacted in decisive fashion to Porter Airlines’ plans to launch regional service from Toronto Island Airport this fall by announcing its own intention to fly from the controversial lakefront airfield starting August 28, despite calls from activists for a boycott of both the flag carrier and the airport.
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