Porter Airlines takes flight

Porter Airlines, Canada’s newest air carrier, took to the skies on schedule today at 7 a.m., with flights leaving simultaneously from Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA) and Ottawa.Porter’s initial Toronto-Ottawa schedule consists of 10 round-trip flights each weekday, plus two round-trips on Saturday and Sunday.

“This is a great day for travellers looking for competition, convenience and real value when they fly,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “We’re looking forward to adding destinations in the coming months.”

At the heart of Porter’s philosophy is a desire to reintroduce convenience, speed and seamless service to short-haul air travel. Situated minutes from downtown Toronto, TCCA is one of the most convenient urban airports in the world. As much as two hours can be saved on a round-trip flight compared to flying from Pearson International Airport.

Travellers will also benefit from Porter’s customer-focused approach that includes complimentary in-flight food and beverage service, free shuttle buses to downtown Toronto, and a TCCA lounge with complimentary espresso bar, beverages, snacks and wireless Internet access with computer workstations. With a variety of fare offerings, Porter’s schedule and service will appeal to both business and leisure travellers.

Porter begins operations with two Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft, with plans to take delivery of up to 20. The aircraft are manufactured at Bombardier’s Downsview plant in north Toronto. Featuring leather seating, extended legroom and a 650 km/h cruising speed, the Q400 sets new standards for comfort, fuel efficiency and low emissions.

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“Porter is bringing service and sophistication back to air travel,” said Deluce. “We know that passengers will look forward to and appreciate the experience.”
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