The proposal to connect the airport to a bridge had already been approved by Toronto City Council in 1995 and 1998, provided that a business plan was submitted for approval by the THC and, later, the TPA for the operation of the airport. In November 2002, the City Council met to discuss competing proposals, the closure of the airport for certain parks or the approval of TPA plans and the undisputed ownership of port lands. Despite requests from former Mayor David Crombie, urban planner Jane Jacobs and Harbourfront residents, the TPA plan was supported by then-Mayor Mel Lastman, who argued that the estimated $190 million in annual economic benefit the airport would generate was too good to exceed it.  On 28 November 2002, during a one-day debate, the Council voted two votes to clarify the issue. First, the Council voted 32 to 9 in favour of a comparison to end the TPA country port process in exchange for an immediate payment of $5.5 million and an annual grant of $5.5 million to the EEA through 2012.  The Council then voted 29 to 11 in favour of amending the tripartite agreement authorizing a fixed link and the construction of an elevator bridge and the city, federal government and TPA signed and adopted such an amendment agreement on June 26, 2003. Read Toronto City Council`s report on the airport extension: www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-58197.pdf Here is a breakdown of what the tripartite agreement allows and does not allow: in 1935, a tunnel was first proposed to be connected to the island`s airport. A tunnel was put into service, but broken and filled.  Since 1938, a ferry has been transported to and from the airport. In January 1975, Otonabee Airways launched the first scheduled air service at the airport.
Otonabee operated three times a day service between the island`s airport and Montreal International Airport.  In 1975, the island`s airport was also used as a base for Olga, a Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane helicopter, used to dismantle the crane of the new CN tower and mount parts of its new antenna on the concrete tower.  At the 2009 TPA annual meeting, concerns about post-closure landings at the airport were expressed at 11 p.m.