Porter Airlines December load factor improves 12.6 points

Flew more than 1.5 million passengers in 2010

TORONTO, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines completed 2010 with impressive growth in passenger statistics for December.  The month resulted in a load factor of 62.4 per cent, based on 92.8 million ASMs (Available Seat Miles) and 57.9 million RPMs (Revenue Passenger Miles).  This represents a 12.6 point load factor increase from 49.8 per cent in December 2009.  ASMs grew 13.9 per cent from 81.5 million and RPMs increased 43.0 per cent from 40.5 million over the same period.

Porter flew 1.56 million passengers in 2010.  This is a higher number than passenger totals for 2008 and 2009 combined.  Of the 2010 figure, approximately 1.26 million passengers travelled through the airline's hub at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

"2010 has been an excellent year in Porter's development," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "We opened a new $49 million terminal at Toronto City Airport, introduced many new routes, and hired many employees.

"I want to thank each of our passengers for entrusting Porter to provide them with a unique travel experience emphasizing premium amenities and customer service.  Our team has delivered exceptional results that we will build on in 2011."

In the last year, Porter's fleet grew by two to 20 Bombardier Q400s, employees increased to over 1,100 from nearly 900, and new destinations were added to the network in the form of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Moncton and Sudbury.

Traffic report

  December Q4 Year-to-date
  2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
RPMs (millions) 57.9 40.5 43.0% 166.6 118.3 40.8% 589.9 314.2 87.7%
ASMs (millions) 92.8 81.5 13.9% 289.9 235.4 23.2% 1089.2 655.6 66.1%
Load factor 62.4% 49.8% +12.6 pts 57.5% 50.2% +7.3 pts 54.2% 47.9% +6.3 pts

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 serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, 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) 619-8593


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