Porter Airlines arrives in Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, May 4 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines' inaugural flight to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport touched down today and was followed by a welcome reception held at Sault Ste. Marie Airport.

"Sault Ste. Marie travellers will appreciate the opportunity to save valuable time by flying directly to downtown Toronto," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "Northern Ontario is an important region for Porter to serve and offer competition in. This expansion adds to a growing Porter network of cities."

Porter offers up to two daily round trips between Sault Ste. Marie and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Connecting markets through Toronto include Ottawa, Montreal, Thunder Bay, Halifax, Boston, Chicago and New York. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Toronto, providing easy access to the financial and entertainment districts.

"We, in Sault Ste. Marie, are excited to welcome Porter Airlines. The arrival of Porter offers enhanced travel opportunities for all members of our Community. Businesses, citizens and visitors will have access to a first class air service which will make travelling to and from Sault Ste. Marie an elite experience. We are extremely excited to have Porter as part of our family," said Debbie Amaroso, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie.

Known for its affordable premium service, including complimentary in-flight wine and beer, extra legroom and relaxing departure lounges, Porter operates a fleet of 70-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. It features high cruising speed, revolutionary cabin noise-reduction technology and environmentally-friendly engines.

"The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) is very excited today to welcome Porter Airlines and their inaugural flight serving the Sault, with affordable and conveniently-scheduled daily flights to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. With the addition of Porter, the Sault airport improves customer service in offering various connecting destinations to locations beyond the GTA, both in Canada and the United States," said Jerry Dolcetti, Chair of the SSMADC.

"We welcome back Mr. Deluce to Sault Ste. Marie, the wait was well worth it," added Dolcetti. "Terminal improvements are underway to accommodate the expansion of service with the least amount of inconvenience to our passengers. We look forward to fostering a long term relationship with Porter and view its growth into the area as a major player responding to the needs of our community."

Flights are available for booking through travel agencies, www.flyporter.com, or Porter's Call Centre at (888) 619-8622.

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(R) in the World Airline Star Rating(R) 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.

For further information:

Media contacts:

Kristen Shamess
Porter Airlines
Terry Bos
705-779-3031 Ext. 205



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