TORONTO, March 24, 2014 /CNW/ - A commentary was published in the
Toronto Star today by Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO of Air Canada,
about the proposal by Porter Airlines to introduce jet service from
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA).
Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, provided the
following statement regarding this article:
"In the debate regarding BBTCA, Air Canada's clear interest is to stop
additional competition on new routes in which it presently benefits
from higher airfares, to the detriment of consumers. It is therefore
unsurprising that Air Canada would seek to delay the introduction of
competition and lower fares as long as it possibly could."
Since 2006, airfares have fallen by as much as 60% on routes Porter
serves. For over seven years, Air Canada has used every means at its
disposal to prevent Porter from creating competition on new routes.
These tactics included the use of serial and abusive litigation,
whereby Air Canada brought six separate legal actions against Porter
since 2005. All of these proceedings have either been dismissed by
Canadian courts or dropped by Air Canada.
Air Canada operates 15% of the total flights at BBTCA. Air Canada
conveniently does not mention it is the dominant air carrier at many
airports across Canada, in some cases operating 100% of flights. Billy
Bishop is a slot controlled airport with limits on the total number of
flights. Such limits are common throughout the world - similarly slot
restricted airports in North America include New York LaGuardia Airport
and Washington Reagan National Airport. Additionally, slot allocation
at BBTCA is independently managed by the world's largest slot
management firm (ACL) and is based on international best practices.
This impartial allocation methodology was the subject of many of Air
Canada's litigation attacks on the airport and the Federal Court of
Canada dismissed Air Canada's complaints in their entirety.
After its only competing airline was driven out of business in 1991, Air
Canada enjoyed a monopoly on commercial flights at BBTCA through its
Air Ontario subsidiary (later Jazz) for almost 15 years. During this
time, its business was purposely consolidated at Toronto Pearson
Airport until just one route with a handful of flights was left at
BBTCA. Despite requests from the airport's operator to participate in
its service development, Air Canada refused at every opportunity.
Porter is proposing to fly the quiet Bombardier CS100 aircraft to
longer-range destinations such as Florida, California, Vancouver,
Calgary, and Winnipeg in 2016. These new routes will offer direct
competition to Air Canada, resulting in lower airfares that will
For more information and a complete list of proposed new destinations,
About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and
effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to
air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline
Star Rating® by Skytrax, and rated Best Small Airline in the world by
Condé Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards.
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, Washington (Dulles) and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant,
Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Burlington, Vt. Vacation packages are
available from Porter Escapes at www.porterescapes.com.
Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.
SOURCE: Porter Airlines Inc.
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