Porter Airlines celebrates second anniversary



    Over 23,000 flights since day one

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines is celebrating its second
anniversary today since successfully introducing a new model for premium
short-haul air travel. The airline has achieved milestones of operating more
than 23,000 one-way flights and travelling over 6.6 million miles with 463
million Available Seat Miles during the two years.
    "The ability to offer passengers real competition in the markets we serve
while at the same time doing so in a way that provides unique levels of
convenience and customer service is what everyone at Porter is most proud of
over this time," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. 
"The strength of Porter's business model has been proven as we have maintained
profitability and continued to grow during a period of record-high fuel prices
and economic uncertainty.
    "From an initial start with two aircraft and one route, I'm proud of the
efforts of all Porter employees for continually delivering on our 'Flying
refined' brand promise. I'd also like to thank our passengers for their
ongoing support."
    Porter operates from its base at Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA), one
of the most convenient urban airports in the world, and serves regional
destinations in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, New York (Newark),
Chicago (Midway) and Mont Tremblant, Que. Further growth is planned in the
next year with the delivery of eight new Bombardier Q400 aircraft and the
start-up of additional routes. U.S. destinations such as Washington, Boston
and Philadelphia are priorities in the short term.
    Over the past year, Porter successfully introduced service to Mont
Tremblant, Quebec City and New York. Flights to Chicago begin Nov. 12. The
airline's new VIPorter frequent flyer program is also adding further value to
the Porter experience.
    From its dedicated TCCA terminal, all Porter passengers have access to a
modern, comfortable and stylish lounge, including wireless Internet access,
refreshments, and computer workstations. While on board, passengers enjoy
complimentary premium snacks, wine and beer, a spacious cabin environment with
leather upholstery and extra legroom.

    About Porter Airlines

    Porter Airlines Inc. is a regional passenger carrier based at Toronto
City Centre Airport. The airline currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal,
Quebec City, Halifax, New York (Newark) with seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant
and new service to Chicago's Midway Airport beginning November 12. Porter
plans to fly to at least 17 short-haul Canadian and U.S. destinations. Visit
www.flyporter.com or call (416) 619-8622 or (888) 619-8622 for more
information.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Brad Cicero, Porter Airlines,
(416) 619-8593


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