Underwater Billy Bishop Airport Tunnel to open this month

22 July 2015 (Last Updated July 22nd, 2015 04:56)

The pedestrian tunnel connecting to the Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto is set to open to public on 30 July, which will provide travelers a convenient access to the airport.

TORONTO TUNNEL

The pedestrian tunnel connecting to the Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto is set to open to public on 30 July, which will provide travelers a convenient access to the airport.

The 260m pedestrian tunnel will connect Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with the mainland Toronto, and it will eliminate the need for passengers to take the ferry to reach the main terminal on the island.

The Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is currently split into two, which includes a side that allows passengers to connect with ground transportation and the other is the main terminal which is on the island, where the planes take off.

Until now the only way for passengers to reach the main terminal was through a ferry.

To access the underwater tunnel, travelers will descend 100 feet below the ground and travel along the main passageway, which consists of moving sidewalks.

The tunnel constructed through a public-private partnership between Forum Equity Partners and lead contractor, and PortsToronto at no cost to taxpayers.

PortsToronto started the work on the $82.5m tunnel project built under Lake Ontario's Western Channel in 2012.

It is powered by 100% renewable energy supplied by Bullfrog Power.

When passengers reach the south end of the tunnel, they will ascend to the island atrium and airport's check-in area.

PortsToronto highlighted that the south end of the tunnel of the tunnel features the longest escalator systems in Canada.


Image:Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto during construction phase. Photo: Copyright © 2015 PortsToronto.