WINDSOR, ON, April 27 /CNW/ - The inaugural Porter Airlines flight to
Windsor, Ont., touched down this morning, marking the airline's 15th
destination. A welcome reception held at Windsor International Airport
followed and was attended by local politicians, tourism officials and
"Porter's refined and stress-free approach to travel is being
well-received in Windsor," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of
Porter Airlines. "We are confident that Windsor will appreciate our
focus on service-oriented flying. Whether for business or leisure,
passengers will welcome additional flight choices to many Porter
Porter offers up to three daily round trips between Windsor and Billy
Bishop Toronto City Airport. Connecting markets through Toronto include
Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Thunder Bay, Quebec City, Boston, Chicago
and New York. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is conveniently located
just minutes from downtown, providing easy access to the financial and
Known for its affordable premium service, including complimentary
in-flight wine and beer, extra legroom and relaxing 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.
"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."
"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."
"This is a great day for the City of Windsor to grow the local tourism
industry," said Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance and MPP
Windsor-Tecumseh. "Our plan for jobs and growth gives businesses the
tools they need to help grow Ontario's economy including in the Windsor
area. This flight route will be a catalyst for that growth."
"It is our aim to develop the Windsor International Airport as a hub for
quick, convenient and hassle free travel and the addition of Porter
Airlines is an ideal complement to that goal," said Federica Nazzani,
President and CEO, Windsor International Airport (YQG). "We are
grateful to the team at Porter for their commitment to serve the
Windsor Essex region and we look forward to connecting more passengers
to their destinations across Canada and the U.S."
Flights are available for 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
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 information.
About Windsor International Airport
Windsor International Airport (YQG) is owned by the City of Windsor and
operated by Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc., a federal share
corporation of the City of Windsor. YQG is a full service airport
serving scheduled and charter passenger airlines, private and military
aircraft as well as cargo carriers. The Airport is situated on an
international border between Canada and the United States, with a
population approaching 5 million within a 45 minute drive. For more
information, please visit our website at www.yqg.ca.
SOURCE Porter Airlines Inc.
For further information:
| Kristen Shamess || || Federica Nazzani |
| Porter Airlines || || Windsor International Airport |
| 416-619-8529 || || 519-969-2430 Ext. 420 |