U.S. Dept. of Transportation grants license to Porter Airlines

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines has received official clearance
from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide scheduled and
charter service. The first planned destination is New York through Newark
Liberty International Airport, with plans to ultimately serve as many as nine
U.S. destinations, including New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C.,
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
    In its disposition, the DOT states that the approval is consistent with
the terms of the U.S.-Canada Air Transport Agreement and in the public
interest. In addition, the DOT found that Porter is operationally and
financially qualified to conduct its proposed operations.
    "This is a significant day for Porter," said Robert Deluce, president and
CEO of Porter Airlines. "We will now be able to offer true competition and
superior service on a number of U.S. routes. Regular service to New York will
begin later this year and not later than the early part of 2008. This is great
news for business and leisure travellers, for the city of Toronto and the
downtown economy."
    Porter's primary focus is on short-haul Canadian and U.S. destinations
within 500 nm of its base at Toronto City Centre Airport, only a few
kilometers from the city's financial and entertainment districts.
    The airline's emphasis on speed, convenience and service has changed how
people fly to and from Toronto. Since launching its first scheduled service to
Ottawa in October, Porter has added Montreal to its schedule and will begin
flying to Halifax on June 29.

    About Porter Airlines

    Porter Airlines Inc. is a regional passenger carrier based at Toronto
City Centre Airport. The airline currently serves Toronto, Ottawa and
Montreal, and will add Halifax on June 29, 2007. 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 contact: Brad Cicero, MS&L, (416)

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