Porter Airlines en route to Halifax this summer



    Toronto flights via Montreal and Ottawa

    TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines will launch summer service to
Halifax from Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA) via Montreal and Ottawa
beginning June 29 until Sept. 4. Canada's newest airline will provide a total
of four daily Toronto-Halifax return flights, with two via Ottawa and two via
Montreal.
    "Halifax presents an exciting opportunity for Porter. We will deliver
some much-needed competition to this important Canadian market and do it in
the style our passengers have come to appreciate," said Robert Deluce,
president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "Since our launch, we have done very
well with business travel on the Toronto to Montreal and Ottawa routes.
Halifax extends the business market while providing significant new leisure
capacity. We will also be assessing the opportunity for year-round service."
    To accommodate the addition of Halifax, Ottawa-Toronto service will move
to six daily return trips from its current 10, while Montreal-Toronto will be
adjusted to six from its current level of nine flights.
    "This move reflects the traditional change in summer travel to an
increased leisure focus," said Deluce. "The Toronto-Montreal and
Toronto-Ottawa routes will return to their usual frequencies in the fall and
continue to be key routes in the Porter network."
    "Halifax welcomes Porter Airlines and their interest in extending their
new venture to our growing market," said Eleanor Humphries, president and CEO
of Halifax International Airport Authority. "We are especially pleased to pair
our airport's award-winning customer service with Porter's renowned in-flight
service and commitment to refining air travel."
    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 several
first place awards in the global Airport Service Quality surveys several years
in a row.
    "We enjoyed working with Porter Airlines to launch their inaugural
service last fall, and we are equally pleased that they have chosen to expand
their offering from Ottawa to include Halifax," said Paul Benoit, Ottawa
International Airport Authority president and CEO. "Ultimately, it's our
customers who win through greater choice and flexibility."
    "We are happy that Porter Airlines is adding a second destination to its
schedule from Montréal-Trudeau Airport," said James Cherry, president and CEO
of Aéroports de Montréal. "This new route to Halifax will further diversify
the options offered to Montreal travellers."
    Initial one-way fares will start at $199 on all Halifax routes.
Reservations are immediately available on Porter's website www.flyporter.com,
through its call centre at 1-888-619-8622 or 416-619-8622, or through
registered travel agents.
    Customers can choose from Freedom, Flexible and Firm fare types that
provide varying options including complimentary changes and cancellations,
advance seat selection and same-day changes at the airport. The website also
allows for advance check-in.
    At the heart of Porter's philosophy is a desire to reintroduce
convenience, speed and seamless service to air travel. Travellers will benefit
from Porter's customer-focused approach that includes complimentary in-flight
food and beverage service. Porter's hub, Toronto City Centre Airport, is one
of the most convenient urban airports in the world and is just minutes from
Toronto's financial core and most popular tourist destinations.
    Porter currently operates 70-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft.
Manufactured at Bombardier's Downsview plant in north Toronto, 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 and Montreal
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 for more
information.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Brad Cicero, MS&L for Porter,
(416) 847-1305 or (416) 844-4039; 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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