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Air Transat and Porter Airlines conclude a new code-sharing agreement

Air Transat and Porter Airlines have concluded a code-sharing agreement to be implemented for the 2022 summer season.

The first phase of the agreement will focus on connecting Porter’s bases at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) and Halifax-Stanfield (YHZ) to Air Transat’s hub at Montreal-Trudeau (YUL), providing customers of both carriers with a greater selection of connecting flights in Canada, the U.S. and internationally.

Each carrier will market, under its own code and licence, flights operated by the other partner, enabling customers to combine flight segments on a single ticket and check their baggage just once.

Porter will carry its code on Air Transat-operated flights to and from Montreal on 11 European destinations (Athens,Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Madrid, Paris, Porto, Toulouse and Venice), 13 South destinations (Cancun, Cayo Coco, Holguin, La Romana, Montego Bay,Port-au-Prince, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Roatan, Samana, Santa Clara and Varadero), five destinations in the United States (Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and San Francisco) and two domestic destinations (Calgary and Vancouver). Air Transat will put its code on Porter’s flights to and from Toronto (Billy Bishop) and Halifax, connecting to all the above destinations in Montreal.

These are the parties’ current expectations and final routes remain subject to obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals. Following such approvals, the agreement is expected to be implemented in the summer of 2022.

Porter flights with Air Transat code TS/PD Air Transat flights with Porter code

PD/TS

Porter bases Market City Airport Code Air Transat hub Market City Country Airport Code
Billy Bishop Domestic Toronto YTZ Montreal-Trudeau (YUL) Domestic Calgary Canada YYC
Halifax-Stanfield Domestic Halifax YHZ Vancouver Canada YVR
Europe Athens Greece ATH
Barcelona Spain BCN
Brussels Belgium BRU
Lisbon Portugal LIS
London United Kingdom LGW
Lyon France LYS
Madrid Spain MAD
Paris France CDG
Porto Portugal OPO
Toulouse France TLS
Venice Italy VCE
South Cancun Mexico CUN
Cayo Coco Cuba CCC
Holguín Cuba HOG
La Romana Dominican Republic LRM
Montego Bay Jamaica MBJ
Port-au-Prince Haiti PAP
Puerto Plata Dominican Republic POP
Puerto Vallarta Mexico PVR
Punta Cana Dominican Republic PUJ
Roatan Honduras RTB
Samana Dominican Republic AZS
Santa Clara Cuba SNU
Varadero Cuba VRA
Transborder Fort Lauderdale USA FLL
Los Angeles USA LAX
Miami USA MIA
Orlando USA MCO
San Francisco USA SFO

 

Porter Airlines’ summer service returning to Muskoka Airport

Porter Airlines’ service to Muskoka, Ontario, returns just in time for your summer plans. Flights begin June 24, 2022, and conclude September 6, 2022.

Service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Muskoka Airport will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Connecting flights are also available via Toronto from various Porter destinations.

Schedule details are as follows:

Day of Week

Toronto Departure Time

Muskoka Departure Time

Monday* and Friday

2:25 p.m.

3:45 p.m.

*Tuesday departure on long weekends.

The Muskoka Airport (CYQA) has two runways. The primary runway 18/36 is 1,829m x 45.7m (6,000′ x 150′) asphalt and has a Pavement Load Rating (PLR) of 9 capable of carrying loads of 90,720 kilograms (200,000 lbs.) MTOW. Runway 18 has a displaced threshold of 244m (800’) due to the 4-lane Highway in the approach path.

Runway 18 is equipped with a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) and a Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) located 3.5 nautical miles from the airport. Both runway orientations 18 and 36 have GPS based approaches charted as RNAV (GNSS). The airport also has Direction Finding equipment (VHF‑DF) that can be used to locate aircraft through their transmission frequency.

The secondary crosswind runway 09/27 is 670m x 30.5m (2,199′ x 100′) grass.  Further details can be obtained in the Canada Flight Supplement published by NavCanada.

Porter is adding three nonstop routes for the Maritimes at Toronto City Airport

Porter Airlines is boosting its presence in the Maritimes in a big way with three new non-stop routes connecting Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to HalifaxFredericton and Moncton.

Non-stop Halifax service begins April 7, featuring up to three daily roundtrips in summer, while Fredericton and Moncton both start May 5, with one daily year-round non-stop flight each. This new service is in addition to existing flights for each market that stop in Montreal or Ottawa, and don’t require passengers to change aircraft.

The combination of increased flight frequency and non-stop service links Atlantic Canada more conveniently with Porter’s network in Ontario and the U.S., including for Newfoundland travelers who benefit from the creation of a single connection trip to Toronto via Halifax.

Porter offers these markets their only direct access to downtown Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport. This includes the ability to make easier connections to onward destinations given the airport’s modest size. Available connecting flights for each market are as follows:

Halifax

  • Boston
  • Chicago-Midway
  • New YorkNewark
  • Washington-Dulles
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Thunder Bay
  • Windsor

Fredericton

  • Boston
  • Chicago-Midway
  • New YorkNewark
  • Thunder Bay
  • Timmins

Moncton

  • Boston
  • Chicago-Midway
  • New YorkNewark
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Sudbury
  • Thunder Bay
  • Timmins
  • Windsor

Porter finalizes sale and leaseback of up to 19 Embraer E195 E2 aircraft

Porter Aircraft Leasing Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. (Porter), has entered into agreements for sale and leaseback financing of up to 19 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. Three aircraft lessors are participating independently in the transaction, with placement details as follows:

  • Five aircraft with Azorra Aviation Holdings, LLC (Azorra)
  • Five aircraft with Falko Regional Aircraft Ltd. (Falko)
  • Four aircraft with Elevate Capital Partners LLC (Elevate)

Porter also has options for an additional five Embraer E195-E2 aircraft with Azorra.

The 19 aircraft will be delivered as new to Porter in 2022 and 2023, as part of a previously-announced confirmed order for 30 E195-E2s, plus 50 purchase rights.

As the North American E2 launch customer, Porter intends to operate the E2s to popular destinations from OttawaMontrealHalifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport. The introduction of specific routes will be determined in advance of aircraft deliveries.

Porter Airlines restarts service to Mont-Tremblant for the ski season

Porter Airlines is reintroducing its seasonal service to Mont-Tremblant, Que., in time for the holidays. Seasonal service begins Dec. 17, running until March 28, 2022.

The winter schedule includes up to four weekly flights.

The airline currently offers flights to TorontoOttawaMontrealQuebec CityFrederictonSaint JohnMonctonHalifaxSt. John’sThunder BaySault Ste. MarieSudburyTimminsWindsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Muskoka, Ont., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Stephenville, N.L.

Porter Airlines turns 15

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2006

October 23, marks 15 years since Porter Airlines first introduced its refined flying experience to all travelers.

Headquartered at Billy Bishop Airport in downtown Toronto, Porter emphasizes speed, convenience and service, including complimentary wine and beer served in glassware for all passengers. Porter has elevated the flying experience, appealing to business and leisure flyers alike, while providing competitive and affordable travel options.

In 2020, Porter temporarily suspended operations due to COVID-19 and resumed flights on September 8, 2021. Now flying to all of its year-round destinations, Porter is focused on restoring the airline’s high-frequency service as the industry continues to recover. Today, approximately 88% of team members have been recalled to work.

Current Route Map:

In July, Porter announced it is extending its award-winning service to destinations throughout North America with the introduction of up to 80 state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient Embraer E195-E2 aircraft into its fleet.

The planes have transcontinental range and will enter into service starting in the second half of 2022, focusing on introducing routes from OttawaMontrealHalifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport. This investment enhances competition, elevates passenger service levels and creates as many as 6,000 new jobs based on 80 aircraft deliveries.

Porter will also continue serving a network of regional markets from its existing hub at Billy Bishop Airport.

Top Copyright Photo: Porter Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQP (msn 4271) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 907212.

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Porter Airlines returns to all year-round markets

Porter Airlines officially returns to all 18 of its year-round destinations today, with the addition of FrederictonSaint John, N.B.Sault Ste. MarieSudburyTimmins and Windsor.

Porter flights initially restarted on Sept. 8, after suspending service due to the pandemic. Destinations were progressively added over the past month.

Porter Airlines returns to the air

Porter Airlines officially returned to the skies today, almost 18 months after suspending flights due to COVID-19 public health and travel restrictions.

Flights to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Thunder Bay are the first to restart.

Other Canadian destinations starting within the next 10 days are Halifax, Quebec City, St. John’s, NL, and Moncton.

U.S. destinations in Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington return on Sept. 17.

Flights to other year-round destinations are set to resume as of Oct. 6, with all routes currently available for booking.

Porter Airlines refreshes aircraft fleet with world’s lightest aircraft seat

Porter Airlines has completed the modernization of its De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft fleet with a series of updates ahead of its return to flying on Sept. 8.

All 29 aircraft now feature the new TiSeat E2 from Expliseat, the world’s lightest aircraft seat, along with a number of other cabin enhancements.

(CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

The seats use a combination of composite and titanium materials, making them approximately 50% lighter than the previous seats and reducing aircraft weight by approximately 1,000 lbs. This reduces approximate annual fuel consumption by 500,000 litres and corresponding CO2 emissions by 1,200 metric tons.

Other aircraft upgrades include new carpeting, lavatory enhancements, new sideboards and updated LED lighting on all aircraft. The majority of the fleet will also have received fresh exterior paint by October.

Porter uses a 78-seat configuration with a standard 30″ seat pitch on its Dash 8-400s. The slim design of the new seats enhances overall legroom.

Porter Airlines mandates COVID-19 testing or vaccination for all team members

Porter Airlines is introducing a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for its team members to support a safe and healthy workplace for employees and passengers.

Aligning with Porter’s restart of service on September 8, 2021, team members must be fully vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the start of their shift.

The Canadian federal government recently announced its intention to mandate vaccination for federally-regulated employers and workers. Porter is the first Canadian airline committed to introducing these important safety measures. Once specific requirements from the government are known, the policy may evolve.

The airline industry has been critically impacted by the pandemic. Travel restrictions have only recently been modified after more than a year, based largely on vaccination rates. The effectiveness of vaccines is shown to be consistently at 95% or greater in reducing severe illness and death. They are also highly effective in protecting against infection.

Porter also supports the government’s plan to require full vaccination for all air travelers. The airline is resuming service to select Canadian destinations on September 8.