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"This is a great way for Muskoka locals and tourists to reduce travel and conserve time," said Chris Nowrouzi, chief executive officer of SkyGTA, a Toronto-based charter and sight-seeing tour company, over Toronto and Niagara Falls. In addition, flyGTA flies the so-called shorter business route in North America between Billy Bishop and St. Catharines/Niagara with just over 10mins.
Novrouzi said the flight was a comfortable option to getting to Gravenhurst by coach, rail and car - and to the hired seaplanes that bring affluent villagers to Lake Rosseau and other noble Retreats. FlyingGTA at $140 per one-way fare, which includes applicable charges and HST, is offered once daily on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during main travelling hours to and from Muskoka Airport from June to October.
A Piper Panther twin-engine plane capable of carrying up to eight people at a single moment will be used for the services. According to Nowrouzi, the first leg to Muskoka on Friday is out. Said the company will continue to monitor publics interest in the taxi company, which provides fast check-in, no queues and electronic ticket services, until early to mid-October.
Subsequently, a determination is made with the municipalities as to whether to proceed, whether to raise or lower fares, whether to add more air travel, or whether a bigger aeroplane is needed. Said the airline, which started with an airplane that offers picturesque Toronto touring and now runs eight lightweight planes, is working with community government and tourist agencies to promote the services but not provide guaranteed revenues.
Muskoka routes are aimed at holiday-makers, tourist and corporate travelers, Novrouzi said, and added that the enterprise has low operating costs in comparison with other air taxi companies, so it can offer a competitively priced ticketing service. Said no other carrier offered regular air service between Toronto and Muskoka, although Porter Airlines was allegedly interested.
Muskoka Airport has said the services will help Muskoka year-round citizens, second homes and tourists looking for more choices and comfort to connect Muskoka and Toronto. "Muskoka Airport is looking forward to welcome more possibilities like these as we continue to build our strategy plan making processes this summer," said CEO Bud Purves.
Muskoka's tourist industries are an integrated part of the district's economies and Muskoka Tourism is eager to see the effects that regular airline services will have," said Luke Nixon-Janssen, Muskoka Tourist Board Chairman.
Said the organisation hoped that the services could also attract new visitors and new tourist bucks into Muskoka's lodging industry. Mr. Byrne added that local authorities and tourist organisations are working with FLAGGTA to design timetables and devise marketing policies for the programme. The airline began operating 18-minute services between Billy Bishop and the Waterloo region for $129 in November and heralded a similar new route between Toronto and Lake Simcoe Regional Airport near Barrie.
She had already flown a 12-minute itinerary between Toronto and Niagara District Airport. Coach: A single 167 kilometer long coach ride from Yorkshire Airport to Gravenhurst is $30 to $45 and lasts more than 2 hrs on a good morning. An easy 167 kilometer ride from Yorkshire Airport to Gravenhurst also lasts at least two short kilometers and will cost your automobile fuel and fuel.