Porter Airlines invests $45 million at Toronto City Centre Airport



    New terminal opening November 2009

    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines is investing over $45 million
in a new 150,000 sq.-ft. passenger terminal at Toronto City Centre Airport
(TCCA), laying the foundation for significant growth as the carrier continues
adding flights, creating jobs and contributing to economic growth.
    Phase one of the terminal opens November 2009, and includes passenger
facilities, aircraft gates and office space. The full facility, including 10
bridged aircraft gates, U.S. and Canadian customs, and two passenger lounges
will be complete by spring 2010.
    "Porter's new terminal is a concrete sign of Toronto City Centre
Airport's revitalization and our long-term commitment to providing
customer-focused service and added competition for air travelers," said Don
Carty, chairman of Porter Airlines.
    With steel beams rising in the background, dignitaries including The Hon.
Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance & Minister Responsible for the GTA; The Hon.
John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; The Hon.
Michael Bryant, Minister of Economic Development for Ontario; and Mark
McQueen, Chair of Toronto Port Authority marked the terminal's progress at a
ceremony today.
    Three hundred immediate infrastructure jobs, plus the long-term benefit
of more than 1000 direct Porter jobs are contributing significantly to
Toronto's economic development at this critical time. Over 1 million
passengers will be using the terminal annually by 2010, with the facility
supporting Porter's growth up to 20 aircraft and beyond.
    "We are proud as a private company to be investing in the future of
Toronto and all of our passengers with this project," said Robert Deluce,
president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "This building is a testament to all of
our employees' hard work and everyone who believed this airport could support
convenient, competitive airline service."
    The new terminal includes a mix of retail, food services, duty-free, car
rentals and other services. Standard complimentary Porter amenities, including
business centers, lounge-style seating, beverages and Wi-Fi will be enhanced
in the new building.
    Scott Associates Architects Inc. is design architect for the terminal.
Aviation specialists with a worldwide portfolio, Scott is known around the
globe for its expertise in the planning and design of airport facilities. With
the successful completion of more than 30 major airport planning, design and
construction projects in over 15 countries, Scott brings to each project an
extensive understanding of every aspect of an airport's unique requirements.
    figure3 is providing interior design services. The passenger's terminal
experience supports Porter's brand promise of "flying refined" by selecting
quality furniture, materials and finishes. figure3 works with companies across
Canada and internationally to leverage design as a catalyst for positive
change.
    The Maple Reinders Group is the lead terminal contractor. The company has
successfully completed over 1,500 projects. Current annual volume of
construction work on heavy civil and buildings is projected to exceed $200
million with individual project values ranging from $15,000 to $60 million.
    Porter is more than doubling its fleet to 18 Bombardier Q400 aircraft in
2009. Significantly increased frequency on its primary Montreal-Toronto and
Ottawa-Toronto routes, new service to Thunder Bay, Ont., beginning June 26,
and additional U.S. destinations all feature in Porter's short-term growth
plans.

    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) and Chicago (Midway) with seasonal
flights to Mt. Tremblant. Flights to Thunder Bay begin June 26. 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.


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


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