Porter Airlines touches down in Windsor

WINDSOR, ON, April 27 /CNW/ - The inaugural Porter Airlines flight to Windsor, Ont., touched down this morning, marking the airline's 15th destination. A welcome reception held at Windsor International Airport followed and was attended by local politicians, tourism officials and business representatives.

"Porter's refined and stress-free approach to travel is being well-received in Windsor," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "We are confident that Windsor will appreciate our focus on service-oriented flying. Whether for business or leisure, passengers will welcome additional flight choices to many Porter destinations."

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

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.

"We are extremely delighted to welcome Porter Airlines to the City of Windsor.  With Porter's newest expansion, Windsor has solidified its place as a key growth market for business and leisure," said Eddie Francis, Mayor of Windsor and Chair of the YQG Board.  "Our efforts and investment in our strategic assets are paying off.  Three daily flights to downtown Toronto with connections throughout Canada and U.S. ensure our residents, visitors and businesses have more choice, convenience and comfort for their travel needs."

"I'm thrilled that Porter has decided to add daily flights from downtown Toronto to Windsor. I've been advocating for this route for years, based on our region's business needs and tourism offerings," said Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade and MPP Windsor West. "Porter's expanded service provides a boost to Ontario's economy -- market access and ease of travel are certainly considerations for businesses making investment decisions and tourists making travel plans."

"This is a great day for the City of Windsor to grow the local tourism industry," said Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance and MPP Windsor-Tecumseh. "Our plan for jobs and growth gives businesses the tools they need to help grow Ontario's economy including in the Windsor area. This flight route will be a catalyst for that growth."

"It is our aim to develop the Windsor International Airport as a hub for quick, convenient and hassle free travel and the addition of Porter Airlines is an ideal complement to that goal," said Federica Nazzani, President and CEO, Windsor International Airport (YQG). "We are grateful to the team at Porter for their commitment to serve the Windsor Essex region and we look forward to connecting more passengers to their destinations across Canada and the U.S."

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® 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.

About Windsor International Airport 

Windsor International Airport (YQG) is owned by the City of Windsor and operated by Your Quick Gateway (Windsor) Inc., a federal share corporation of the City of Windsor. YQG is a full service airport serving scheduled and charter passenger airlines, private and military aircraft as well as cargo carriers. The Airport is situated on an international border between Canada and the United States, with a population approaching 5 million within a 45 minute drive. For more information, please visit our website at www.yqg.ca.



SOURCE Porter Airlines Inc.

For further information:

Media contacts:

Kristen Shamess   Federica Nazzani
Porter Airlines   Windsor International Airport
416-619-8529   519-969-2430 Ext. 420



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