Flying from Toronto’s island airport could soon be cheaper, thanks to $5 million in new federal spending announced yesterday by Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan.

The money will pay for customs services at six airports in Canada.

“Previously, such services were paid for by the air carrier and, effectively, charged back through fares,” Van Loan said at a news conference at the island airport.

“What does it mean? Lower-cost air travel (and) higher levels of service,” the minister said.

Border services at bigger airports such as Pearson International are already publicly funded.

The funding falls under the new Air Services Policy Framework, which doles out money based on the number of international travellers and flights at an airport.