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Air Canada plans to begin offering flights at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport in February.

Ben Smith, Air Canada's chief commercial officer, said Monday that the initial schedule will provide a wide selection of nonstop flights between Montreal and the airport, located on a Lake Ontario island off Toronto's downtown core.

Air Canada has selected Sky Regional Airlines Inc., an affiliate of Skyservice Business Aviation, to conduct the flights under a capacity purchase agreement.

Jazz Air previously flew at the island airport on behalf of Air Canada, until a terminal company headed by Porter Airlines Inc. president Robert Deluce ousted Jazz in 2006.

Air Canada's new flights will end Porter's commercial monopoly at the island airport. Air Canada will be deploying five leased Bombardier Q400 turboprops, the same type of aircraft being flown by Porter. The Toronto Port Authority oversees Billy Bishop.

Talks between Air Canada and one of Mr. Deluce's firms are continuing for terminal space.

"We are very excited to return to Toronto City Airport in the coming months," Mr. Smith said in a statement. "Our customers have told us they want an airport option close to downtown Toronto to complement our Rapidair service which offers flights up to every 30 minutes at peak times."

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