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.
"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
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
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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