Controversial debate about Porter Airlines’ island airport jets proposal delayed until 2014

National Post | News

The debate over allowing Porter to fly jets out of the island airport has been delayed until next year.

Mayor Rob Ford, who supports approving the plans despite a list of unanswered questions raised by city staff, voted against the deferral. It was put forward by Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, another Porter proponent who didn’t want to risk defeat of the issue at city council now.

Councillor Peter Milczyn also voted against deferral because he wants the whole idea shelved. Porter’s request to allow Bombardier’s CS-100 planes to fly at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and to extend a main runway will be debated at a February 4 meeting of the executive, or an earlier special meeting.

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Porter president Robert Deluce said deferral was the proper step, and maintained that there are solutions to every issue raised, and they are not as costly as opponents suggest.

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