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Mayor Rob Ford might be feeling the heat from plenty of angry and concerned torontonians today.

The executive committee will consider a staff report about the expansion of Toronto's Island airport at their meeting today.

The report takes a phased approach to growth, tying it to transit and road improvements while putting a maximum on how many travellers and planes can pass through.

The recommendation is to cap the number of passengers at 2.4-million/year and limit the number of takeoffs and landings to 202.

No Jets T.O. and Transport Action Ontario are just two of the groups who are against the idea.

Committee members will listen to deputations from the public, and there's a chance that the meeting could continue into Wednesday, depending on how many there are.

Porter Airlines' president and CEO, Robert Deluce released a statement earlier this week saying,

    "The city staff report is a solid step forward as it clearly identifies the airport's value and the potential positive impact of Porter's plans. Most of the requirements outlined are not unexpected, but need to be addressed in a timely manner. Flight and passenger caps recommended in the report are stringent. We support caps in principle, but believe they require further discussion. To proceed with our aircraft order, we need greater certainty regarding timelines and look forward to discussions at Executive Committee and City Council."

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Mayor Rob Ford might be feeling the heat from plenty of angry and concerned torontonians today.

The executive committee will consider a staff report about the expansion of Toronto's Island airport at their meeting today.

The report takes a phased approach to growth, tying it to transit and road improvements while putting a maximum on how many travellers and planes can pass through.

The recommendation is to cap the number of passengers at 2.4-million/year and limit the number of takeoffs and landings to 202.

No Jets T.O. and Transport Action Ontario are just two of the groups who are against the idea.

Committee members will listen to deputations from the public, and there's a chance that the meeting could continue into Wednesday, depending on how many there are.

Porter Airlines' president and CEO, Robert Deluce released a statement earlier this week saying,

    "The city staff report is a solid step forward as it clearly identifies the airport's value and the potential positive impact of Porter's plans. Most of the requirements outlined are not unexpected, but need to be addressed in a timely manner. Flight and passenger caps recommended in the report are stringent. We support caps in principle, but believe they require further discussion. To proceed with our aircraft order, we need greater certainty regarding timelines and look forward to discussions at Executive Committee and City Council."

RELATED STORIES:

Council expected to vote on jets at island airport April 1

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