We Love Toronto Island’s Billy Bishop Airport

City Living


Toronto, while fast becoming one of the most expensive cities in the world d in which to live, it’s also got a pretty good track record of winning awards for what it offers those who live there.  You know the ubiquitous ‘Best Of’ lists? Those.

For example, we ranked 9th on the Global Livability Index in 2022.


Photo courtesy of #Travel Update


Another list, this one by Skytrax in 2019, awarded a spot in the Top 10 to Billy Bishop Airport – for the second time! As someone who has only visited a handful of times, I was surprised to hear the our little airpot is ‘a cut above’!

The Skytrax World Regional Airport Awards (which are decided upon with the help of some 14 million travelers worldwide) has named Toronto Island’s Billy Bishop Airport #10 in the world, in the under 5 million passenger category. This marks the sixth year in a row that Billy Bishop Airport has received a nod in the Skytrax World Airport Awards. The voters consider 550 airports worldwide and rank airports across 39 key performance indicators like ease of check-in, competent and courteous staff and user-friendly terminal.

This compact and convenient airport has come along way from it’s beginnings. Opening in 1939 the former Port George VI Island Airport was used mostly for military purposes and general aviation, having the near by Malton Airport (now known as Toronto Pearson International Airport) used as Toronto’s main passenger hub. Renamed Billy Bishop, in honour of the Canadian World War l flying ace and World War ll Air Marshal, this airport really took off after 2006, having Porter launch and increasing passenger volume, creation of a new terminal and most recently the opening of the new pedestrian tunnel in 2015.


Photo courtesy of #UrbanToronto

I recently flew to New York City to celebrate one of my bestie’s birthdays, and little beats having Billy Bishop Airport so accessible. This airport truly is award-winning, having received another nod recently as one of the “most scenic airport approaches” in the world, according to PrivateFly. Billy Bishop is the only airport in Canada to receive this honour and is among some very scenic company- like Donegal Airport, Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten and Nice Cote D’Azur Airport to name a few.

No question – there is a lot to love about Billy Bishop Airport. It’s got comfy lounges, great views for take off and landing of Toronto’s iconic skyline and a smack-dab-in-the-city location that can’t be beat (it’s less than 3 kilometres to the financial district). Traveling is exciting but let’s face it, your journey is really about the time that you spend in your destination – not the getting there. Which is why having such a central location for your travel base is really invaluable. Time is valuable in a whole other way when it comes to travel. Fun fact, over one-third of Billy Bishop’s travelers walk, bike or take public transit to this conveniently located airport.

Billy Bishop is the 9th busiest airport in Canada and offers flights to more than 20 destinations (and connections to 80 locations around the world). There are numerous amenities for travelers onsite at the airport, like a tapas bar and an espresso bar. There is free WiFi, charging stations and business pods, perfect for the many business travelers to get work done while waiting for their flight. They also offer a free shuttle, with various pick up points around the downtown core.


Photo courtesy of #UrbanToronto


Check out this story about the award from BlogTO: “Toronto Airport Ranked one of the Best in the World”.


If you travel often, or would simply like to have the option, how convenient to have this award-winning gateway at your disposal right in your neighbourhood? Our swish new listing at 500 Queens Quay West – Quintessential Lakeside Living On Queens Quay West, offered for $1,295,000 – features some impressive on-site amenities to go along with all the benefits of living lakeside. Plus, you can literally stroll to your next flight!

Seriously! What’s more priceless than having the world at your feet?


At Urbaneer.com, we celebrate city living. Here’s some of our other posts which I think you’ll enjoy!

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