Porter Airlines reports March traffic

TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines reported a 49.6 per cent load factor in March.  The change is 0.6 points lower compared to 50.2 per cent in the same month for 2010.

Overall figures for the month show 97.6 million ASMs (Available Seat Miles) and 48.4 million RPMs (Revenue Passenger Miles).  ASMs grew 22.5 per cent from 79.7 million and RPMs increased 21 per cent from 40 million over the same period.

"Porter had its highest-ever day of sales in March," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "First quarter numbers have improved and set a good foundation for further growth as peak seasons approach.  Combined with improved yield, we're pleased with the overall 2011 trend based on current market conditions."

Porter accepted its 21st Bombardier Q400 aircraft on March 31.  It is currently in service as the first of four new Q400 aircraft scheduled for delivery in the coming month.  These aircraft bring Porter's total fleet to 24.

The deliveries occur ahead of numerous schedule improvements this spring.  Cities receiving new or improved Porter service during this period include Windsor, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Moncton, Halifax and St. John's, N.L.

Traffic report

  March Q1 / Year-to-date
  2011 2010 Change 2011 2010 Change
RPMs (millions) 48.4 40.0 +21.0% 133.3 103.9 28.3%
ASMs (millions) 97.6 79.7 +22.5% 263.5 220.9 19.3%
Load factor 49.6% 50.2% -0.6 pts 50.6% 47.0% +3.6 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, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston (Logan), and has seasonal service to Mt. Tremblant, Que. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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SOURCE Porter Airlines Inc.

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Media contact:

Brad Cicero
Porter Airlines
(416) 619-8593


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