Airport location, terminals and transportation
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is a small regional airport located on the Toronto Islands. The Canadian airport got its modern name in honour of Billy Bishop, the air vice-marshal of World War II. The construction of the airport was completed in 1939. It was built on the site where a baseball stadium and residential areas had used to be placed. The airport served as an Air Force Base during the war. The airport is used by civil aviation and air ambulances. Besides, it serves regional airs carriers, handles charter flights and private aircraft, and provides emergency response services. The air terminal comprises 2 runways (one is shorter) and one passenger terminal. Due to the noise restriction policy, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport does not service jets. The airport is open from 6.45 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the same reason. The airport is capable of servicing 2.8 million passengers a year.
Situated on the islands, the airport is accessible from the mainland via a pedestrian tunnel. The tunnel is equipped with moving sidewalks and elevators. A ferry departs regularly from Eireann Quay to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport from morning till midnight. Moreover, you can get to the airport by a free shuttle (intersection of York Street and Front Street) or by taxi. There is the stop of streetcar number 509 a block away from the ferry. The streetcar will take you to the city's metro.
Rental offices, how to find them, where to return car
You can rent a car immediately upon arrival at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Car rental service is available any day of the week (without days off). Such companies as Hertz, Enterprise rent-a-car and National provide their services at YTZ.
You can rent a vehicle from Enterprise rent-a-car and National in the office, which is found in the car park (P1) at Eireann Quay. The office operates from 7 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
The car rental facility of Hertz is located on the lower level of the passenger terminal, near the arrival area, at the exit from the baggage claim hall. The facility is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. A rental car can be collected from the car park in the territory of the airport at once.
A car return location is specified in the rental agreement. A rental car is collected and returned with a full tank. Advance booking can be cancelled at least 48 hours before the pick-up time. When concluding a rental agreement, a sum of money starting from 500 CAD is frozen on your credit card in case the car is damaged or stolen. An additional fee will be charged, if the driver is under 25 years of age (between 21 and 24). Credit cards are accepted for payment. Additional drivers (up to 4 people) can be introduced into the rental agreement. Supplementary equipment is paid separately.
Long-term and short-term parking, hotels nearby
There are two types of car parks at the airport, which are short-term and long-term ones. They are positioned at the dock on the island. The territory near the passenger terminal is not meant for parking. The quay has car parks P1 (Eireann Quay) and P1 (Stadium Road).
The nearest hotels to the airport are the Casadell Townhouse at Lakeshore, the Upper Storey Condo, the Glen Grove, the Entertainment District Condo, the Grand Royal Condos, and the Lake View Suites.