Porter Airlines launches service between Toronto and New York



    Ceremonial first flight arrival to be marked by traditional water salute
    at Newark Liberty International Airport

    TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines today introduces new and
innovative air service between Toronto and New York. The standard-setting
carrier will acquaint New Yorkers with the airline's unique premium short-haul
air travel model committed to convenience, speed and service. The
Toronto-based airline enters the U.S. market with the launch of seven daily
roundtrip flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and Toronto
City Centre Airport (TCCA). The ceremonial first flight for the new route is
scheduled to arrive at Terminal B in Newark at 10:30 a.m. and will be greeted
by the airport's traditional fire truck water salute.
    Porter Airlines is already known in the Canadian market for its simple
fare structure, convenient downtown Toronto airport location and outstanding
service. These service enhancements are expected to make Porter Airlines the
carrier of choice for travellers on the Toronto-New York route.
    "The introduction of Porter's Toronto-New York route makes air travel
between two of North America's most important business and cultural centres
easier than ever," said Don Carty, chairman of Porter Airlines. "We've seized
an opportunity to redefine short-haul air travel and offer passengers more
than transportation. Our commitment to service is reflected in our schedules,
fare structure and complimentary amenities."
    Porter Airlines flies from its own dedicated terminal at Toronto City
Centre Airport, one of the most convenient urban airports in the world,
situated just minutes from downtown. Complimentary Porter shuttle buses offer
passengers a short transfer to the financial and entertainment districts. The
airport is also accessible by bus, train, taxi, limousine or personal vehicle.
    "We are excited to introduce New Yorkers to the Porter experience, which
makes air travel dignified, sophisticated and stress-free in a way that was
more common in past decades," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter
Airlines. "With our location at TCCA, we can save passengers up to two hours
or more of travel time compared to what they would experience flying out of
busy, congested Pearson Airport. That's a great proposition for time-sensitive
business travellers."
    Known for reliability, quality and efficiency, Porter provides passengers
with warm and effortless hospitality. While on board, passengers enjoy
complimentary premium snacks, wine and beer, a spacious cabin environment with
leather seating, and extra legroom. All Porter passengers have access to a
modern, comfortable and stylish lounge at Toronto City Centre Airport,
including wireless Internet access, refreshments, and work stations.
    Porter Airlines flies 70-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft featuring jet-like
cruise speed, revolutionary cabin noise-reduction technology and
environmentally-friendly engines. As part of the airline's expansion into the
U.S., Porter has already taken delivery of six new aircraft with six
additional aircraft expected to be delivered in the next 12 months to broaden
the route network from Toronto to destinations such as Boston, Chicago,
Washington and Philadelphia.
    Weekday service between Toronto and New York will be complemented by two
Saturday roundtrips and three Sunday roundtrips. Passengers can purchase
tickets for Porter flights at www.flyporter.com or (888) 619-8622.

    About Porter Airlines

    Porter Airlines Inc. is a regional passenger carrier based at Toronto
City Centre Airport. The airline currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal,
Halifax and New York (Newark). Summer service includes Quebec City. 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: Brad Cicero, Porter Airlines, (416) 619-8593,
brad.cicero@flyporter.com; Daniel Hernandez, Edelman, (212) 819-4826,
daniel.hernandez@edelman.com


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