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A 12-minute plane journey between Toronto and Niagara Falls launches next month

A trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto will soon be just a 12-minute flight away.

Niagara Falls in full flow
Niagara Falls – Soon only 12 minutes from Toronto.  Image by Artur Staszewski / CC BY 2.0

From 15 September, Greater Toronto Airways will offer new daily flights from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport to the Niagara District Airport in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Currently, those wishing to visit Niagara from Toronto, whether for business or to marvel at the magnificent falls, have two options: an hour-long drive (without traffic) or a 90-minute ViaRail train trip.

A plane flies in front of downtown Toronto.
A plane flies in front of downtown Toronto. Image by James Bidgood

The new flights will reduce travel time down to just 12 minutes.

The airline’s website advertises flight time as a 15-minute journey. However, David Nissan, vice-president of operations at Greater Toronto Airways, claims the journey can be completed in 12 minutes.

“We’re trying to provide a more-convenient service for people,” Nissan tells Canadian news source, The Star. “If you look at the commute versus the flight time, there’s a massive difference.”

Flights taking off this year can already be booked on the Greater Toronto Airways website. A one-way ticket costs CAN$85 (£50), while a round-trip goes for $159 (around £94).  The 8-seater planes will depart twice daily from each airport, Monday to Friday throughout the year. Flights will leave from Toronto at 7 am and 4.30 pm, and from Niagara District at 8.30 am and 6.00 pm.

People wait in a security line operated by the TSA at JFK Airport on May 24, 2016.
Passengers will not be required to go through lengthy security.   Image by Spencer Platt/Getty

And the best bit? No security lines. Random security checks will be carried out on board to keep travel times short, although the airline suggests that travellers arrive at the terminal 30 minutes prior to take off.  Greater Toronto Airways, which specialises in private scenic flights in the Toronto and Niagara Regions, has big plans to expand its reach. According to their website, the airline expects to soon introduce similar flights between Toronto and Montreal, and between Toronto and Collingwood.