New CS100 Jet Plane Right Fit for Toronto Pearson Airport, Not Waterfront: NoJetsTO
NoJetsTO congratulates Bombardier on the successful maiden flight of the CS100 jet. The premier opposition group to the Porter expansion plans hopes to see the new jet take off from Toronto Pearson soon – not the Island Airport.
“We congratulate Bombardier and hope to see the CS100 at Pearson, not Toronto’s waterfront,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor said. “With its new technology, the CS100 would be a great addition to Toronto’s existing jet airport – Pearson.”
The owner of Porter airlines, Robert Deluce, has been touting the CS100 jet for his expansion plans for the Island Airport.
“It’s important to note that Bombardier isn’t calling the CS100 the ‘whisper jet’, only Deluce does,” Kapoor added. “We look forward to Transport Canada assessing and certifying the plane; so far any noise data has been hypothetical.”
Deluce has been pushing for lifting the ban on jet aircraft at the Island Airport solely for the CS100, a move that is most likely impossible under existing US-Canadian free trade agreements.
“If the jet ban at the Island Airport is lifted, the CS100 will not be only jet on the waterfront,” the NoJetsTO chair added. “We should also keep in mind that the CS100 does not create any manufacturing jobs in Toronto.”
The major components for the CS100 are manufactured at Bombardier’s offshore location in Northern Ireland, as well as by suppliers in China, Italy and the US. The final assembly of the CS100 will take place at Mirabel north of Montreal.
”While the CS100 strives to be more fuel efficient than comparable jets, jet planes are generally more polluting than turboprops,” Kapoor concluded. “Jets on the waterfront will lead to increased air pollution in large parts of the city, with or without the CS100.”
NoJetsTO is a coalition of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a boutique Island Airport. Representing residents across Toronto, the non-partisan organization NoJetsTO opposes the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways. NoJetsTO’s goal is to preserve the status quo at the Island Airport by protecting the Tripartite Agreement that governs it.