Toronto airline offering flights to Niagara-on-the-Lake

Aug 10, 2016

A 15-minute flight from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake could be a desirable commuter option. That's why one airline will be offering the flight two times a day out of Billy Bishop Airport. 

Greater Toronto Airways will offer two flights a day from Toronto to the Niagara Region.

"There is demand for it," said Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janice Thomson.

"We get requests from people, occasionally, looking for different options and this is a terrific option."

A survey showed between 6,000 and 7,000 people travel each day between Toronto and Niagara, that according to Greater Toronto Airways President and C-E-O Chris Nowrouzi.

"Our first focus, like I said, was to bring the business and politicians that come in for day meetings into the city, that spend two hours, three hours each way," Nowrouzi said.

"We decided to go ahead with the route, after some careful planning."

The cost of one the eight seats on the planes will be $85 for one-way, $159 for the round trip.

The route may appeal to business people who want to avoid the traffic nightmares that clog the QEW along the Golden Horseshoe into Toronto. Thomson sees recreational opportunities as well.

"It's to allow the expanding number of residents of the GTA that want to come here for a specific reason, for example a Shaw Festival performance or a dinner at a winery, a special musical event and they want a faster way to just fly in and fly out," Thomson said.

According to Nowrouzi, the airline plans to assess the success of the route after a six-month period.