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Porter Airlines adds St. John’s route, expands Halifax service in fall

porterAug. 4, 2009, Toronto – Porter Airlines is introducing St. John’s, N.L., as its newest destination on Oct. 5, as part of expanded service in Atlantic Canada.


August 4, 2009
By Administrator
   
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Aug. 4, 2009, Toronto – Porter Airlines is introducing St. John’s, N.L., as its newest destination on Oct. 5, as part of expanded service in Atlantic Canada.  Porter will have four daily roundtrip flights between St. John’s and Halifax, with continuing service to Ottawa and Toronto from Halifax.  The four new direct flights between St. John’s and Ottawa provide the most convenient schedule available on the route.
 
An expanded year-round Halifax program to Ottawa and Toronto continues uninterrupted from the current summer schedule.  Flights are now available for booking on www.flyporter.com, by calling 1-888-619-8622 or contacting a travel agent.
 
“Our expanded, permanent commitment to Halifax, along with a new destination in St. John’s, significantly expands Porter’s presence in Atlantic Canada,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines.  “This growth extends Porter’s network and enhances the competitive environment for travellers who want real value and service as part of their flight experience.”
 
Highlights of the new schedule, with up to five daily year-round flights on each route, include:

  • St. John’s-Halifax – 4 daily roundtrip flights
  • St. John’s-Ottawa* – 4 daily roundtrip flights
  • St. John’s-Toronto** – 3 daily roundtrip flights
  • Halifax-Ottawa – 5 daily roundtrip flights
  • Halifax-Toronto* – 4 daily roundtrip flights

*1 stop
** 2 stops
 
“We’re excited to welcome Porter Airlines to St. John’s,” said Keith Collins, president and CEO of St. John’s International Airport Authority.  “We are confident that the local market will recognize and respond favourably to the high level of customer service on which Porter’s reputation has been built. In addition to increasing passenger choice at our airport, these new daily flights to Halifax and on to Ottawa and Toronto will enhance the accessibility of our city and our province.”
 
At the heart of Porter’s philosophy is a desire to reintroduce convenience, speed and seamless service to short-haul air travel. Located minutes from the downtown core and flying from its own dedicated terminal at Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA), Porter offers a dignified, service-oriented passenger experience. Complimentary on-board service includes wine and beer served in glassware, as well as premium snacks on all flights.
 
“Every opportunity to expand Halifax's reach and frequency is welcome," said Tom Ruth, president and CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority. “We appreciate Porter's confidence in our airport and our community and we’re delighted with this announcement.”
 
“Porter has proven to be a very popular choice for Ottawa travellers since their inaugural flight in 2006,” said Paul Benoit, Ottawa International Airport Authority president and CEO.  “We are pleased to add St. John’s to the list of destinations that Porter serves and trust that the community will respond with its support.”
 
Porter operates a fleet of 70-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The aircraft sets new standards for comfort and fuel efficiency, using 30 to 40 per cent less fuel than comparable regional and narrow-body jets. The Q400 features high cruising speed, revolutionary cabin noise-reduction technology and environmentally-friendly engines.