Porter adds new service to Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie

Flights also increase in Sudbury

TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines is adding Ontario cities Sault Ste. Marie and Windsor to its growing route map this spring. 

Service in Windsor begins on April 27, with up to three daily roundtrips to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Connecting markets through Toronto include Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Thunder Bay, Quebec City, Boston, Chicago and New York.  One-way fares start at $89, plus fees and taxes. 

Sault Ste. Marie flights begin on May 4, with up to two daily roundtrips to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.  Connections with Sault Ste. Marie exist via Toronto for Ottawa, Montreal, Thunder Bay, Halifax, Boston, Chicago and New York.  One-way fares begin at $99, plus fees and taxes. 

"We look forward to bringing our unique service to Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "This expanding network provides more opportunities for passengers to choose Porter when travelling to important regional cities."

"I'm thrilled that Porter has decided to add daily flights from downtown Toronto to Windsor. I've been advocating for this route for years, based on our region's business needs and tourism offerings," said Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade and MPP Windsor West. "Porter's expanded service provides a boost to Ontario's economy -- market access and ease of travel are certainly considerations for businesses making investment decisions and tourists making travel plans."

"We are extremely delighted to welcome Porter Airlines to the City of Windsor.  With Porter's newest expansion, Windsor has solidified its place as a key growth market for business and leisure," said Eddie Francis, Mayor of Windsor and Chair of the YQG Board.  "Our efforts and investment in our strategic assets are paying off.  Three daily flights to downtown Toronto with connections throughout Canada and U.S. ensure our residents, visitors and businesses have more choice, convenience and comfort for their travel needs."

"The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) is very excited for Porter Airlines to begin serving the Sault, with daily flights to Toronto.  With the addition of Porter, the Sault airport improves its customer service in offering various connecting destinations to locations beyond the GTA, both in Canada and the United States," said Jerry Dolcetti, Chair of the SSMADC.

The airline is also doubling service between Sudbury and Toronto starting April 27, with up to two daily roundtrip flights, increased from one. By flying through Porter's base of operations at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, travellers can continue on to popular destinations including Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, New York, Boston, and Chicago.

"Our community immediately embraced Porter, starting with its inaugural flight nearly one year ago, so this latest increase in service is a natural progression as Porter continues to build its program in Sudbury," said Robert Johnston, CEO, Greater Sudbury Airport.  "This announcement of increased service is a positive sign of the growth potential."

Known for its affordable, premium service, including complimentary in-flight wine and beer, extra legroom and all-access departure lounges, Porter operates a fleet of 70-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. It features high cruising speed, revolutionary cabin noise-reduction technology and environmentally-friendly engines.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is conveniently located just minutes from downtown, providing easy access to the financial and entertainment districts.

Flights for all new routes are available for immediate booking through travel agencies, www.flyporter.com, or Porter's Call Centre at (888) 619-8622.  

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines is Canada's third-largest scheduled carrier, based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, committed to offering speed, convenience and service as part of a premium travel experience. A refined journey begins on the ground with comfortable airport lounges and service-oriented team members.  The experience continues seamlessly in the air with spacious interiors and well-appointed crew.  Passengers enjoy complimentary services, including free in-flight wine, beer and premium snacks, all aboard modern aircraft.  

The airline currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston (Logan), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

Join VIPorter frequent flyer program to earn a free flight after as few as five one-way trips. Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more informatio

SOURCE Porter Airlines Inc.

For further information:

Media contacts:
 
Brad Cicero
Porter Airlines
(416) 619-8593   
Federica Nazzani
Windsor International Airport   
(519) 969-2430 Ext. 420
Terry Bos
SSMADC
(705) 779-3031 x 205   
Terra Glabb
Greater Sudbury Airport
(705) 693-2514 x 234 


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