Porter Airlines to continue Halifax flights year-round

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines will include Halifax service as
part of a year-round schedule after the successful completion of a summer
program on Sept. 4. The extended schedule features weekend flights between
Halifax and Ottawa with continuing service to Toronto City Centre Airport
(TCCA). There will be one TCCA-Ottawa-Halifax flight Friday evening, with a
return flight Saturday morning. Sunday features one round trip.
    "We could see early on that Halifax had great potential for Porter as a
destination beyond the summer and it was simply a matter of finding a schedule
that works for everyone," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter
Airlines. "Halifax responded to Porter and we're pleased to have the
scheduling flexibility to extend this service.
    "Based on our current number of aircraft, a weekend schedule for Halifax
starting in September allows us to continue servicing the market while
maintaining high flight frequencies in Ottawa and Montreal. We'd also like to
thank the Halifax International Airport Authority for their support and
cooperation during Porter's time in Halifax."
    Additional flight frequency for Halifax will also be considered during
peak travel periods such as Christmas and March Break.
    "This is a very encouraging and gratifying step toward our objective of
year-round, seven-day-a-week Porter service at Halifax Stanfield and reflects
the solid base for future growth that has been established," said Jerry
Staples, the airport's vice president, marketing and business development.
"Credit must go to Porter, as their unique offering is clearly finding favour
with Nova Scotians."
    "Thanks to the support of the Ottawa passengers, service to Halifax will
be year-round on Porter," said Paul Benoit, Ottawa International Airport
Authority President and CEO. "Porter's continued confidence in the Ottawa
market, as demonstrated by announcements such as this, is very much

    Halifax fall schedule:

    Toronto to Halifax (via Ottawa):
    Flight    Departs     Arrives     Day of week
    261       19:00       23:10       Friday
    253       13:00       17:15       Sunday

    Halifax to Toronto (via Ottawa):
    Flight    Departs     Arrives     Day of week
    250       8:40        11:00       Saturday
    262       17:45       20:00       Sunday

    Ottawa to Halifax:
    Flight    Departs     Arrives     Day of week
    261       20:25       23:10       Friday
    253       14:30       17:15       Sunday

    Halifax to Ottawa:
    Flight    Departs     Arrives     Day of week
    250       8:40        9:30        Saturday
    262       17:45       18:35       Sunday

    Porter's fall service between TCCA and Ottawa returns to 10 daily weekday
round-trips, while TCCA-Montreal returns to nine on Sept. 5.

    About Porter Airlines

    Porter Airlines Inc. is a regional passenger carrier based at Toronto
City Centre Airport. The airline currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal
and Halifax. Porter plans to fly to at least 17 short-haul Canadian and U.S.
destinations. Visit www.flyporter.com or call (416) 619-8622 or (888) 619-8622
for more information.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Brad Cicero, Porter Airlines,
(416) 847-1305; Peter Spurway, Halifax International Airport Authority, (902)
873-6312 or (902) 221-4664; Krista Kealey, Ottawa International Airport
Authority, (613) 248-2099

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