Air Canada to sue for Toronto Island return

CBC News

Montreal-based Air Canada said Wednesday it will sue for the right to resume flying at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

CEO Calin Rovinescu said in a conference call that the airline has launched a lawsuit to resume flying to the Toronto Island airport where rival Porter Airlines is now the only airline allowed to operate.

"We are anxious to get into the airport, our customers want it, and it is an opportunity we need to pursue," said Rovinescu. "We’ll see what the courts say and we’ll take it from there."

Tuesday, the regional partner of Air Canada — Halifax-based Jazz Air LP — announced it had signed a deal to buy 15 Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The purchase prompted speculation it would use the aircraft to provide service to Toronto Island.

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