Southern Ontario’s Airports on International Stage at World’s Largest Aviation Show
Paris, France - Today, the Southern Ontario Airport Network (SOAN), represented by delegates of the region’s significant commercial airports celebrated the opening of the world’s largest and longest-running aviation trade show, the Paris Air Show. The delegation aims to raise awareness of the region’s aviation assets with global aerospace players, government officials and business stakeholders.
“The Paris Air Show provides a tremendous opportunity for Southern Ontario’s aviation and aerospace community to showcase the wide variety of choice available in this region,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority which operates Toronto Pearson International Airport. “With diverse airport options for passengers, shippers, businesses, air carriers, flight schools and training facilities, Southern Ontario is the premier location for aerospace business and investment.”
The delegation, led by Toronto Pearson International Airport, is comprised of representatives of SOAN airports and their communities including Sarnia, Peterborough, London, Mississauga, Toronto, Waterloo Region, Barrie and Simcoe County. Included in the delegation are two members of the recently established Southern Ontario Municipal Aerospace Council (SOMAC), Her Worship, Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie and His Worship, Mayor of Barrie, Jeff Lehman. SOMAC serves as a forum for local elected Mayors and Regional Chairs to collaborate, build awareness and advocate for strategic policy initiatives that will strengthen Southern Ontario and airport host municipalities by keeping the aerospace sector robust.
While at the Paris Air Show, which sees more than 300 exhibitors, 290 official delegations from 98 countries, the southern Ontario delegation will showcase to the global aerospace community the unique opportunities for investment in the region including:
Strong population and economic growth, coupled with the population’s high propensity to travel, expected to result in more than 110 million air travellers a year and over a million tonnes of cargo;
Canada’s largest aerospace hub in terms of employment with more than 150 of the leading aerospace companies that serve the world’s aerospace community;
Stable and competitive business environment, the most generous R&D tax credits in the G7, and an after-tax cost advantage compared to U.S. locations;
Convenient access to U.S. and global markets, with daily service to almost 80% of the world’s economy via the most connected airport in North America, SOAN member Toronto Pearson and;
Unique opportunities for aerospace business development, with almost 10,000 acres of land at SOAN airports.
Opportunity is in the air for the Southern Ontario region and the delegation is looking forward to a sharing this message with the world’s aerospace communities.
To learn more about the Southern Ontario Airport Network and aviation opportunities in the region, visit: www.soairportnetwork.com/opportunities.
The Southern Ontario Airport Network is comprised of eleven commercially significant airports in Southern Ontario: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Hamilton John C. Munro International Airport, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, London International Airport, Oshawa Executive Airport, Niagara District Airport, Peterborough Airport, Region of Waterloo Airport, Windsor International Airport and Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport. Located in Canada’s most economically productive and fastest growing region, each airport shares the goal of utilizing the available capacity at their airports to support the diverse needs of their communities and in turn, developing economic opportunities locally, regionally, provincially and nationally. For more information: www.SOairportnetwork.com.
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