Pickering Airport

Pickering Airport

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Pickering Airport

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Pickering Airport is a proposed international airport for the Greater Toronto Area, to be located in the city of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, 50 kilometres north-east of downtown Toronto, and 65 kilometres east of Toronto Pearson International Airport. The original plans for the airport were developed during the 1970s as part of a widespread federal government plan to improve air travel across Canada. Lands were expropriated in 1972, but opposition to the expansion plan was widespread. Things came to a head when the provincial government stated it would not build the roads or sewers needed to service the site, and the plans were shelved in 1975.

Since then the idea of opening the Airport has been floated several times, but the lands have remained undeveloped. During that time, the federal government has stepped out of direct operations of many Canadian airports, and the major Toronto airports passed control to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). The GTAA has proposed opening the Pickering site as late as November 2004, estimating that the airport would cost approximately $2 billion, and it anticipated up to 11.9 million passengers per year (or 32,600 per day) by 2032.Cf. Transport Canada, ; also Greater Toronto Airports Authority, , 6.3. By comparison, Toronto Pearson International Airport had 32.3 million passengers in 2008, with an average of 1,179 "aircraft movements" per day (GTTA, ; and , September 30, 2004. A "Needs...
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