Tuesday, 23 October 2018

The Canadian regional airline, Porter, is 12 years-old!

Porter Airlines Q400 at Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport
The Canadian regional airline operating out of the uniquely-located Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Porter is celebrating its 12th birthday.

Yes, that little airline has been going for a dozen years now, bringing a distinct aviation concept to many travellers across Canada and into the USA. The airline has now grown its route network as well as increasing its fleet to 29 Bombardier Q400s. In the last year, the airline invested in people and infrastructure aimed at supporting its ongoing mission to provide competitive and affordable travel options. This includes a new aircraft maintenance base in Sudbury to perform rotating overnight work on those 29 Bombardier Q400s. In Thunder Bay, Porter opened the first crew base for pilots and flight attendants in Northern Ontario among large commercially-scheduled airlines. These crew members begin and end their flying schedules in Thunder Bay, providing additional resources in support of local flights. Approximately 40 well-paying jobs have been introduced to date across both communities through these investments.

"Porter has developed a loyal following based on our willingness to do things differently," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "I want to recognise our entire team for contributing to a culture that values passion, perseverance and treating people with respect. This is what attracts customers and creates bonds among our team."

Partners at Billy Bishop Airport are making their own investments to improve the customer experience. PortsToronto, the airport's owner and operator, completed a multi-year airfield modernisation program, including a resurfaced main runway and updated infrastructure. Nieuport Aviation, the airport terminal operator, recently upgraded the passenger lounges by adding more space, seating and a range of restaurant and retail locations. These improvements, seen and unseen by passengers, introduce new levels of efficiency and service to the airport.

(Photo Porter Airlines)