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Is the Toronto Island Airport About to Go Under Water?
22/03/2004

There was an article in the Globe and Mail on Saturday about the Toronto Island Airport.

In essence it consists of comments from several people involved in aviation on the island who are complaining that the airport is not going to do well without the bridge being built. A man who owns a couple businesses at the airport says "[The Mayor and City Council] know exactly what they are doing. They are trying to put this place under. We can't survive without better access."

But that's not really a fair thing to say. It is not about "access". It is about expansion.

The Port Authority's own research says that the airport will go broke unless it has a massive expansion in traffic. That is why they wanted the bridge and exactly why we opposed it.

David Miller has said he doesn't mind a sleepy little airport on the island. Me neither, I suppose, although I recognize that better things could be done with that land. (There is a great beach there, for one thing.)

But if the choice is between closing the airport or a great expansion, I vote for letting the place die. And when it does die, I'm not going to shed any tears or feel sorry for anybody. This airport would have been gone decades ago if it wasn't for subsidy after subsidy, so no one can really complain if we decide further and larger subsidies aren't in the public interest.


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