COPA eFlight
Oct. 3, 2013

Up in the air
Ted McIntyre says: It was precisely 11 minutes — door to door — from Burlington Executive Airport to my north Oakville, Ontario, home. It had taken me 10 minutes longer to get there because I'd gotten lost meandering up, down and around a few rural back roads north of Highway 5, just east of Appleby Line. In my defence, I'd never been to the place before and it's not exactly well marked. I suspect a decided majority of Golden Horseshoe residents don't even know it exists. Well, at least they didn't until the 77-hectare facility started earning negative press over airport expansion.

Related story: COPA's letter to Transport Minister that appeared in the August 22 eFlight

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