Halifax welcomes Porter Airlines service



    Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa flights part of schedule

    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - 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.
    "Now that summer is here and the kids are out of school, families are
planning the perfect summer getaway. Porter's new Ottawa-Halifax service means
that Canada's east coast is more accessible to our clients," said Paul Benoit,
Ottawa International Airport Authority President and CEO. He added, "It also
means that the National Capital Region will benefit from more visitors and
tourists from the east, so it's good news all around."
    The Q400 is the most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class and burns less
fuel per seat than most regional jets. With leather seating, extended legroom
and a 650 km/h cruising speed, the Q400 sets new standards for comfort, fuel
efficiency and low emissions.

    About Porter Airlines

    Porter Airlines Inc. is a regional passenger carrier based at Toronto
City Centre Airport. The airline currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal
and Halifax with plans to fly to as many as 17 short-haul Canadian and U.S.
destinations. Visit www.flyporter.com or call (416) 619-8622 or (888) 619-8622
to make reservations or for more information.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Brad Cicero, MS&L for Porter,
(416) 844-4039 or (416) 847-1305; Stacey Fowler, MS&L for Porter, (416)
847-1323; Peter Spurway, Halifax International Airport Authority, (902)
873-6312 or (902) 221-4664; Christiane Beaulieu, Aéroports de Montréal, (514)
394-7304; Krista Kealey, Ottawa International Airport Authority, (613)
248-2099


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