Summer travel tips from Porter Airlines

Record passenger numbers expected

TORONTO, June 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Fireworks associated with Canada Day and Independence Day celebrations on either side of the Canada-U.S. border get the summer travel season underway with a bang this week.

Porter Airlines anticipates record passenger numbers beginning Thursday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 5, as both national holidays create long weekend travel opportunities. This busy time can be made simpler by keeping some tips in mind to help get you on your way.

  1. Double check - Porter's web check-in and airport kiosks make check-in a breeze. Be sure to get any checked luggage tagged on arrival at the airport counter. Web check-in opens 24 hours prior to flight time. Just click and print your boarding pass.
  2. Travel light - Don't let packing problems slow you down. Plan ahead by knowing security requirements, and size and weight limits for baggage. If you need to lighten your load prior to boarding, consider using Gate Porter service for car seats, small strollers or other carry-on items.
  3. Don't forget your passport - If travelling to and from the United States, you are required to present a valid passport that matches your reservation information as part of the U.S. Secure Flight program. You will not be able to travel if this information doesn't match. Citizens of countries other than Canada and the United States should contact their consulate or embassy for boarding requirements. Travel within Canada requires valid government-issued photo ID that includes your name, date of birth and gender, or two pieces of non-photo ID. Porter also requests that passengers under 18 and travelling within Canada present one valid piece of ID.
  4. Family jewels - Don't scavenge at the last minute to find your passport. Keep all important documentation, medication and other valuables in an accessible carry-on bag. Never put these items in checked baggage.
  5. Planes, trains and automobiles … and ferries - However you're getting to the airport, be aware of special events in cities that may affect access to certain ground routes. Complimentary shuttle bus and ferry service at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport may also operate at capacity during peak periods, so arrive with time to spare and you'll be on your way before you know it. Longer check-in and security lines at airports may also be experienced.
  6. Blue skies - Summer is a time for fun and sun, but it's also known for disruptive weather, such as thunder storms, which can cause flight delays. Check your flight status online before heading to the airport and bring some pleasant distractions such as a book, music or video games to help pass any extra airport time. You can also use free WiFi and computer stations in Porter's Toronto and Ottawa lounges.

Make your journey as enjoyable as the final destination by coming prepared.  Enjoy the flight.

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 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 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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