Porter Airlines adds 40 Halifax jobs at new crew base

HALIFAX, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines has opened a crew base for pilots and flight attendants in Halifax, doubling its employees in the city to 80 by creating 40 local jobs.

The new crew base, located at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, is the first to be added outside of Porter's Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport headquarters. A result of overall company and market growth, the new base creates operational and economic efficiencies that will benefit passengers.

"Halifax is an important market for us," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "Establishing this base in the heart of our Atlantic operations creates local jobs and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to Halifax as a valuable part of the Porter family."

Porter's existing Halifax employees include customer service, ground handling and maintenance personnel. The local crew members will be primarily responsible for serving routes for Halifax, St. John's, Nfld., Montreal, Ottawa, Moncton and Toronto.

"We are delighted by Porter's expression of confidence in our airport and our region," says Halifax International Airport Authority CEO Tom Ruth. "Porter has been a valued partner of ours for the past five years and we welcome the opportunities this expansion here at Halifax Stanfield will bring."

With non-stop flights to Montreal, Ottawa and St. John's, and easy access to the rest of Porter's network, including conveniently-located Toronto City Airport, Halifax has been an increasingly popular hub for both business and leisure travellers since its launch in 2007.

About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines is Canada's third-largest scheduled carrier, based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.  Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, committed to offering speed, convenience and service as part of a premium travel experience. A refined journey begins on the ground with comfortable airport lounges and service-oriented team members.  The experience continues seamlessly in the air with spacious interiors and well-appointed crew.  Passengers enjoy complimentary services, including free in-flight wine, beer and premium snacks, all aboard modern aircraft.

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

Join VIPorter frequent flyer program to earn a free flight after as few as five one-way trips. Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.

SOURCE Porter Airlines Inc.

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Media contact:

Brad Cicero
Porter Airlines
(416) 619-8529


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