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Halifax welcomes Porter Airlines service

Porter Airlines is adding some maritime charm to its schedule this summer with the inauguration of Halifax service today.


September 20, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

TORONTO, June 29, 2007 – Porter Airlines is adding some maritime charm to its schedule this summer with the inauguration of Halifax service today. Four daily flights will connect Halifax to Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA) in the heart of downtown Toronto, as well as Montreal and Ottawa. Two flights operate through Montreal and two through Ottawa from June 29 until Sept. 4.

Eleanor Humphries, Halifax International Airport Authority president and CEO, joined Porter Airlines president and CEO, Robert Deluce, and other passengers on the first flight arriving in Halifax to mark the introduction of service. The 70-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft was greeted by a ceremonial water cannon salute from airport fire trucks.

"The warm welcome we have received today certainly confirms the interest Halifax has shown in Porter through strong bookings for these new routes," said Deluce. "The chance to offer renewed competition and superior service to Halifax travellers is an important opportunity for Porter."

Porter provides air travel featuring convenience, speed and seamless service. Travellers benefit from Porter’s customer-focused approach that includes complimentary in-flight food and beverage service. TCCA is one of the most convenient urban airports in the world, just minutes from Toronto’s financial core and most popular tourist destinations.

"Porter Airlines is a terrific addition to the carriers at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and we are pleased that their first venture outside of Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa is to our airport and our city," says Eleanor Humphries, president and CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. "Porter represents values we admire and cherish – an entrepreneurial spirit, new ideas and innovative thinking."

Halifax’s Robert L. Stanfield International Airport is Atlantic Canada’s principal full-service airport and enjoys strong leisure and business demand from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. The airport is an internationally-recognized leader in customer service, having earned first place awards in the global Airport Service Quality surveys several years in a row.

"We welcome this new addition to Porter Airlines’ schedule from Montréal-Trudeau Airport. This route to Halifax will diversify the options offered to travellers going to the Atlantic Provinces," said James Cherry, president and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal.