Wednesday, 20 September 2017

New base for Porter Airlines

Canadian carrier Porter Airlines is all set to open a new crew base at Thunder Bay, Ontario from January next year.

It will be the first base of its kind in Northern Ontario for any large commercially-scheduled airline and will create at least 40 local jobs for pilots and flight attendants.

“Thunder Bay is a significant Northern Ontario centre that is very important to Porter’s network,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “The ability to base crew there allows us to hire people who value their northern connections and also want an opportunity to fly larger aircraft to more locations.”

Porter has operated flights in and out of Thunder Bay since 2008. Since then the airlines operation has grown to a current schedule of up to six daily flights to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Connecting flights reach throughout the airline’s network of more than 20 other destinations, including Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, New York and Chicago.

“This Porter decision brings a large number of jobs to Thunder Bay and confirms the importance of aviation in the regional economy,” said Ed Schmidtke, president and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Inc.

Porter currently fly a fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400 aircraft that are configured with 74 comfortable seats. The aircraft features include modern avionics, high cruise speed, revolutionary cabin noise-reduction technology and environmentally-friendly engines. The modern Q Series are the quietest turboprops flying today, due to the revolutionary Noise and Vibration Suppression (NVS) System. The aircraft uses 30 to 40% percent less fuel than comparable regional and narrow-body jets.

Porter Airlines is slowly expanding its route network and currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Stephenville, N.L., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Burlington, Vt., and Orlando-Melbourne.

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