Toronto city councillors will hold a meeting on 5 December to further evaluate Porter Airlines' proposal to operate Bombardier CSeries jets at Billy Bishop Toronto City airport.
A committee is expected to evaluate CSeries noise data submitted by Bombardier during the meeting. That data will play a key role in shaping local authorities’ decision on whether Porter may proceed with a plan to operate the CS100 variant at the island airport, which prohibits jets and has implemented strict noise requirements.
“Additional data was provided to the city and we anticipate it will be referenced in the upcoming report,” Porter tells Flightglobal.
Bombardier says that it is “pleased with the results” of the noise data but declined to elaborate on specifics.
During the meeting, executive committee members will vote whether to bring Porter’s plan in front of the full Toronto city council for a vote later in December.
Bombardier has told Flightglobal that the jet’s noise profile will be similar to that of the Bombardier Q400 turboprops that Porter and Air Canada partner Sky Regional already operate at the airport. However, some Toronto residents and councillors have raised concerns about opening the airport to jets since Porter first unveiled its plan to operate the CS100 there earlier this year.
Porter placed a conditional order for 12 firm CS100 aircraft in April for delivery in 2016, which includes 18 options and purchase rights for up to six Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprops.
Firming the order has been a slow process because several aspects of Porter's plan require approval from multiple authorities. Among them are proposals to extend Billy Bishop’s nearly 4,000ft (1,219 m) runway and to amend a 1983 tripartite agreement between the city of Toronto, the Toronto Port Authority and the Canadian government that prohibits jet operations at the airport.
Porter proposed extending the airport’s main runway by 168m on each end when it unveiled the conditional order in April. It then offered a second concept in September that would extend the runway by 200m, noting that the increased distance could allow the aircraft to use less power and make less noise during take-off.
The Toronto Port Authority has said that the CS100 appears to be the only aircraft type that would meet these noise limitations, however the city indicated it would research whether newer generation jets, such as the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 Max, may also be able to meet the noise requirements in the future.
Toronto councillors approved a two-phase process to evaluate Porter’s plan in May.