Porter Airlines celebrates inaugural Sudbury flight

Service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport debuts today

TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines is launching year-round service between Sudbury and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, with the inaugural flight taking off today. The schedule includes one daily non-stop roundtrip flight.

The inaugural flight touched down in Sudbury this afternoon, met by a traditional water cannon salute from the airport's fire service.

"Porter is pleased to be launching service to Sudbury today. Northern Ontario is an important region for us," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "We are confident that Sudbury will welcome our focus on service-oriented, stress-free flying. Whether for business or leisure, passengers will appreciate additional connectivity to and from this market."

Connecting flights provide numerous travel options within Porter's growing network. By flying through Porter's Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport base, travellers can continue on to popular destinations including Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, New York, Boston, and Chicago.

"The significance of attracting Porter Airlines to our community cannot be overstated," said Bob Johnston, CEO of Greater Sudbury Airport. "Porter's success has been rooted in the quality of the services it provides, and to our delight our community will now have the opportunity to experience Porter class first hand."

Located minutes from the city's downtown business and tourism districts, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport provides unrivalled urban accessibility. Passengers can travel between the airport and the heart of downtown in minutes. Complimentary Porter shuttle buses offer a short transfer to the city centre.

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines is Canada's third largest scheduled carrier, based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Porter is 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, 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, SC. Moncton service begins June 25.

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.

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Kristen Shamess, Porter Airlines, (416) 619-8529

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