Billy Bishop Airport celebrates 80 years of history

This weekend marks 80 years since the first commercial passenger flight landed at Toronto’s City Airport in September 1939. Recently, passengers and partners alike gathered at Billy Bishop Airport to reminisce and celebrate 80 years of rich history, hard work and success on the occasion of this milestone anniversary.

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An Austin Airways aircraft parks in front of Terminal A at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport -- then known as Island Airport -- in 1969. Billy Bishop Airport Photo
An Austin Airways aircraft parks in front of Terminal A at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport — then known as Island Airport — in 1969. Billy Bishop Airport Photo
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On Sept. 8, 1939, a charter flight carrying famed trumpet player and conductor Tommy Dorsey and his swing-band arrived in Toronto for a two-day engagement at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Since then, what is now known as Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), has established itself as a world-class airport connecting more than 2.8 million passengers annually directly into the heart of downtown Toronto and beyond.

To view a video retrospective of Billy Bishop Airport’s history, click here.

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