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The District of Muskoka and the Muskoka Airport Board of Directors announced today that Porter Airlines will begin scheduled passenger service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and the Muskoka Airport on June 27, 2019. The approximately 20-minute flights will operate twice weekly for the summer (service will end on September 3, 2019) on Thursdays and Mondays, with Tuesday departures following long weekends. Passengers will be able to connect to other Porter flights in North America.
In a media release, the District of Muskoka said that staff has been working with Transport Canada and the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority (CATSA) to acquire CATSA-designated security screening for the airport. The release notes that Muskoka Airport is the first airport in Canada to obtain CATSA screening services on a cost recovery basis enabled under Section 30.1 of the CATSA Act.
“The Board is very excited for the arrival of scheduled service and the first class passenger experience that Porter will bring to the region,” said Bud Purves, Muskoka Airport Board Chair. “The Board would like to recognize District Staff and leadership from Chair Klinck for their diligent work to ensure regulatory compliance through innovative solutions to meet passenger safety requirements at Muskoka Airport. We also wish to thank the efforts of Minister Garneau and Transport Canada staff for helping to ensure this new cost recovery CATSA screening service was made available to Muskoka.”
District Chair, John Klinck, said, “Scheduled service from Porter is a wonderful opportunity to bring more visitors to Muskoka to experience all our District has to offer. The Muskoka Airport is an important District asset. Council and the Muskoka Airport Board look forward to working with our partners at Porter and RTO 12 to make this a premier experience that travelers to Muskoka deserve.”
The District Municipality of Muskoka operates the Muskoka Airport (CYQA), a Transport Canada Certified facility and a Canada Customs airport point of entry. The airport operates 24 hours a day year-round and is rated for use by all business class jets and most narrow-bodied commercial airliners.
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