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Posted 6 years ago on · Permalink

Understanding the Growth, Capacity, and Connectivity of the Airport System in Southern Ontario

Joe Berridge and Bruce Simpson know airports. Berridge is a partner at Urban Strategies and Simpson is a director at McKinsey & Company and both are urban planning and strategy experts with a strong background in assessing the airport and transportation systems in metropolitan hubs around the world. The two were recently commissioned by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority to conduct a study to understanding the growth, capacity, and connectivity of the airport system in Southern Ontario. The consultants presented their findings in front of an engaged audience of over one hundred people who showed up at the Pickering Recreation Complex at 7 a.m. to learn all about airports.

Among other things, their report highlights the fact that Toronto Pearson will reach capacity by 2032 and recommends increasing the regional coordination among airports so that they function as a “multi-airport system instead of a collection of individual airports.” The principal difference in this scenario is that each airport would specialize and take on a particular role within the system so that the overall air travel capacity is optimized to best meet the range of demands.

Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan brought remarks and a Q&A session was moderated by Joan Wideman (Lenbrook Group of Companies), Co-Chair of our Government Relations Committee. Howard Eng, CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority also fielded questions from the floor and the GTAA provided hospitality sponsorship for the occasion.

Download the presentation here and their full report here.

View and tag photos from the event here.