Porter Airlines October load factor up 11.4 points

TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines reported its best-ever October load factor at 67.7 per cent, 11.4 points higher than the previous year.

Passenger numbers set a record for any month at over 215,000.

Figures for October show 118.5 million Available Seat Miles (ASMs) and 80.2 million Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs).  ASMs grew 19.9 per cent from 98.8 million and RPMs increased 44 per cent from 55.7 million versus last year.

"This is the first time that Porter has carried 2 million passengers in the trailing 12 months," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "Our ongoing performance is exceptional and October was also a special month for the company, during which we celebrated our fifth birthday."

Porter also announced a number of service enhancements last month, including added Toronto City-Sudbury frequency, the upcoming addition of Burlington, Vt., and Timmins, Ont., to the network, and a new season of winter flights to Mont Tremblant, Que.

Traffic report

  2011 2010 Change
RPMs (millions) 80.2 55.7 +44.0%
ASMs (millions) 118.5 98.8 +19.9%
Load factor 67.7% 56.3% +11.4 pts
  2011 2010 Change
RPMs (millions) 648.3 479.0 +35.3%
ASMs (millions) 1062.4 898.1 +18.3%
Load factor 61.0% 53.3% +7.7 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 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 (Logan), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Burlington, Vt., 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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