Bob Deluce, left, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, sits with Bombardier president Mike Arcamone inside a Bombardier CS100 model after Deluce announced the airline's conditional purchase of 12 of the planes.
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TORONTO (AP) — Porter Airlines is seeking permission to land jets at Toronto's island airport and extend the runway on the city's waterfront as the upstart airline seeks to expand to destinations across North America.
Jets are currently not allowed to fly out of the waterfront airport under an agreement between the city, the federal government and the Toronto Port Authority. Porter Chief Executive Robert Deluce said Wednesday he wants the rule changed within six months.
Porter, a passenger airline, flies turboprops short distances, but now hopes to fly jets to places like Los Angeles.
A deal to buy 12 Canadian-made Bombardier CS100s jets is conditional on getting approval.
It is expected to meet with stiff community opposition. A previous Toronto mayor won an election by fighting the construction of a bridge to the island airport.
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