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Restoration of Billy Bishop's historic terminal to start 'by the end of the year'

A disused wooden terminal – built in the dying days of the Great Depression – could be restored to its former glory by private plane operators.

A disused wooden terminal – built in the dying days of the Great Depression – could be restored to its former glory by private plane operators.

The old Terminal A building at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is currently resting on footings on the south side of the airport, while Toronto Port Authority (TPA) seeks a “heritage partner” to take on the restoration project.

The TPA announced it was looking for a new home for the old terminal last year.

The terminal was named a National Heritage site in 1989 and was one of the first in Canada to accommodate civilian air travel. It is the last standing two-storey, 1930s-style wooden aviation terminal in the country.

Geoffrey Wilson, president and CEO of the TPA said: “A number of parties have started to express interest in using the building, some of which would require a further relocation.

“The airport's private plane operators are among those interested in restoring the historic building and making use of it as a potential aviation club, for example.

“The TPA has taken steps to ensure the preservation of this important piece of the airport's heritage, we are pleased to see the initial interest, and we are planning to put out a request for expressions of interest in the building.

“We hope to have a committed party and a restoration project under way by end of year.”

Porter Airlines opened a new C$50 million, 150,000 sq ft terminal at Billy Bishop in 2010.

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