Airline eyeing 18-minute flights from Waterloo Region to Toronto
Ryan Flanagan, CTV Kitchener
Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:19PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:40PM EDT
On a good day, getting from Breslau to downtown Toronto can take about an hour.
If anything goes wrong on Highway 401, though, that time can easily be doubled – or worse.
Public transit? Buses have to contend with the same frustrating highway, while no train trip takes less than 90 minutes.
As things stand, there’s no way to guarantee a speedy trip to Toronto.
At least, not unless a certain private airline decides to come to town.
Greater Toronto Airways has spent some time in Waterloo Region lately, kicking the tires on the idea of starting regular 18-minute flights between Region of Waterloo International Airport and Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport.
They’ll be back in town over the next few week, talking to business leaders to gauge interest in the route.
“They just need to be comfortable that there will be passengers on their airplanes,” airport general manager Chris Wood said in an interview.
“If there is (demand), then we fully expect that they’re going to give it a try.”
With a proposed price tag in the ballpark of $100 – one-way – it’s expected that business travel would likely make up the bulk of the local customer base.
Wood says the service would likely be used by “executives who need to be in downtown Toronto at a certain time,” as well as people looking to connect to another flight out of Billy Bishop.
In addition to the short flights, Wood says he’s been told that time spent in terminals by the airline’s passengers could be limited to “10 minutes on either side.”
With reporting by Leena Latafat