May 21, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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The Toronto Port Authority is putting off plans to fill in an area of Lake Ontario near Billy Bishop Airport because it’s unclear if the material would be able to support a proposed runway extension.

Porter Airlines is  trying to extend the runway at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport by 168 metres at each end to allow for the use of jets.

Porter announced in April that it had placed a conditional order for 12 Bombardier CS100 jets that would allow the airline to fly to Los Angeles, Florida, Calgary and the Caribbean.

The plan has faced vocal opposition from community leaders and several Toronto city councillors.

The port authority was already planning to fill in an 80-by-100-metre portion of the lake to prevent boats from entering an area called the marine exclusion zone.

However, the environmental assessment completed by the port authority last year didn’t take into account the possibility that the fill material might have to support a runway extension.

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