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Toronto city airport recognized with Airports Going Green Award

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When operational, Billy Bishop Airport's new electric shuttle buses are expected to cleanly and quietly transport over 500,000 passengers to and from the airport per year.

(CNW Group/Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport)

TORONTO — This week, at the annual Airports Going Green Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) was awarded a 2023 Airports Going Green honorable mention in recognition of its project to make access to Billy Bishop Airport electric, representing achievement in pursuit of sustainability within the aviation industry.

The Airports Going Green (AGG) Conference is the industry’s leading sustainability forum, bringing together aviation sustainability leaders, experts, and innovators from around the world.

Each year at the conference, award recognition is given to the projects, programs, or individuals who have demonstrated innovation and leadership in sustainability within the aviation industry.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Airports Going Green – the aviation industry’s leading sustainability forum,” said RJ Steenstra, President and Chief Executive Officer of PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. “With a long-term focus on sustainability, PortsToronto and Nieuport Aviation acted on the opportunity to invest in an innovative project that would significantly reduce the impact of airport operations in the surrounding community – making access to the airport electric. We are thrilled to be able to share our experience more broadly and encourage others in the industry to incorporate the wider airport ecosystem in sustainability planning.”

Estimates indicate that Billy Bishop Airport’s forthcoming fleet of six electric buses will remove approximately 2,100 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.

The reduction in vehicle traffic to the airport has afforded Billy Bishop Airport the opportunity to reduce the footprint of vehicle access areas, including the adjacent Bathurst Quay/Canada Malting Silos site, which is being transformed into a vibrant community space and park located right at the airport’s doorstep.

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