Dillon Consulting is pleased to recognize the opening of PortsToronto’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) Pedestrian Tunnel. Located on the Toronto Islands, BBTCA is Canada’s ninth busiest airport, welcoming more than two million business and leisure travellers each year. The BBTCA was previously only accessible by ferry across the 120m wide Western Channel of the Toronto harbour. To ensure future success of the airport, for both operational safety and financial viability, PortsToronto implemented a pedestrian tunnel under the channel to give passengers an alternative, reliable and easy access route to the airport.
Dillon’s involvement with the airport began in 1996, when we were retained to undertake an environmental assessment (EA) that would determine the best form and location for a fixed link bridge from the mainland to the airport. This high-profile and controversial project was subsequently cancelled and PortsToronto investigated alternative ways of enhancing access to the island airport. This included the implementation in 2010 of new ferry Passenger Transfer Facilities on either side of the channel with the introduction of their new ferry, Marilyn Bell I. Also in 2010 Dillon, was retained to undertake the EA for the pedestrian tunnel and act as Technical Advisor to PortsToronto for the implementation and construction phases of the pedestrian tunnel project.
BBTCA has been recognized with many awards, most recently by Skytrax, as one of the world’s best small airports (2013); Canadian Project of the Year by the Tunneling Association of Canada (2014); a top ten award by Private Fly (2015); and was a Business Travel Award finalist for Best Airport (2015).
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