Porter Airlines finishes 2011 with record 2.1 million passengers

TORONTO, Jan. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines posted record passenger numbers for 2011, including a December load factor of 63.9 per cent, 1.5 points higher than the previous year. Over 2.1 million passengers travelled with Porter during the year, which is another record compared to 1.56 million in 2010.

December results show 117.6 million Available Seat Miles (ASMs) and 75.2 million Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs).  ASMs increased 26.7 per cent from 92.8 million and RPMs grew 29.9 per cent compared to 57.9 million last year.

"Porter is one of the fastest growing airlines in North America," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "The big highlight of 2011 was our 5th birthday celebrated on October 23, and our 5 millionth passenger also flew with us that same week."

Overall, 2011 was another year of growth for the airline. New destinations initiated with Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, and Burlington, Vt. Flights were also added to numerous existing markets from Thunder Bay, Ont., to Moncton, N.B. Six new Bombardier Q400 aircraft were delivered during the year.

"We're proud of what we've accomplished as a team and are ready to make our mark in 2012," added Deluce.

The year gets off to a quick start with new service to Timmins, Ont., commencing Jan. 16. A sixth U.S. market is also anticipated by spring.

Traffic report

December
  2011 2010 Change  
RPMs (millions) 75.2 57.9 29.9%
ASMs (millions) 117.6 92.8 26.7%
Load factor 63.9% 62.4% +1.5 pts
Q4
  2011 2010 Change  
RPMs (millions) 233.6 166.6 40.2%
ASMs (millions) 354.7 289.9 22.4%
Load factor 65.9% 57.5% +8.4 pts
Year-to-date
  2011 2010 Change
RPMs (millions) 801.7 589.9 35.9%
ASMs (millions) 1298.6 1089.2 19.2%
Load factor 61.7% 54.2% +7.5 pts

About Porter Airlines
Founded in 2006, Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality and restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. An Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, and rated second in the world in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards Top Small Airlines category, Porter is committed to providing a premium travel experience. Complimentary amenities include luxurious airport lounges, Starbucks coffee, premium snacks, and wine or beer onboard. 

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

Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.

 

SOURCE Porter Airlines Inc.

For further information:

Media contact:

Brad Cicero
Porter Airlines
(416) 619-8593


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