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Porter Airlines’ “Ottawa 2017” promotional livery for Canada’s 150th birthday

Porter Airlines' "Ottawa 2017" promotional livery for Canada's 150th birthday

The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are thrilled to welcome Porter Airlines as the Official Canadian Airline for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the nation’s capital.

“As the nation’s capital, Ottawa will be at the center of celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “Porter proudly embodies the modernity and founding spirit of Canada, so this partnership is a perfect fit for us.”

Porter will provide flights for artists, contests and promotions, as well as collaborate with Ottawa 2017 on pageantry items at the Ottawa International Airport and other marketing initiatives. Additionally, the airline company will add the Ottawa 2017 logo (below) to the exterior of all of its aircraft and two planes in the Porter fleet will have their tails wrapped with the colourful look of the celebration.

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Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of exciting experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Copyright Photos: Porter Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQB (msn 4130) (Ottawa 2017) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 935182.

Porter Airlines' "Ottawa 2017" promotional livery for Canada's 150th birthday

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Porter Airlines to arrive in Florida tomorrow

Porter Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQN (msn 4254) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 930687.

Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) tomorrow (December 19) will arrive in Florida. The regional carrier will launch a new route to Melbourne (near Orlando) on the East Coast.

The seasonal Porter flights depart Toronto (Billy Bishop) at 10:20 a.m. and depart from Central Florida at 3:45 p.m.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQN (msn 4254) exits the runway at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Route Map:

Porter 12.2015 Route Map

Porter Airlines to fly seasonally to Melbourne, Florida

Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop Airport) has announced it has selected Melbourne International Airport (MLB) as its first entry into the Florida market.

The weekly seasonal flights will commence December 19 from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ), located on an island in the heart of Toronto.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) C-GLQP (msn 4271) arrives at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Porter Airlines is coming to Pittsburgh

Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) is on its way to Pittsburgh this fall, making it the airline’s 22nd city served.

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Flights begin on September 21, 2015, with up to two daily roundtrips between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport. The schedule features weekday departures from Toronto at 8:25 a.m. and 3:05 p.m. Pittsburgh departures are at 10:05 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

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Porter is the fourth carrier to announce the start of service at Pittsburgh International Airport within the past 12 months.

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Above Photo: Porter Airlines. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) over the city of Toronto.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Porter Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQC (msn 4134) approaches the runway at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Air Canada opposes Porter Airlines’ plans to bring jets to Toronto’s downtown Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Porter DHC-8-400 at Billy Bishop with Toronto city skyline (Porter)(LR)

Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) wants to bring Canadian-built Bombardier CS100 jets to its downtown airport home (above). The regional carrier has been pushing politically for the Toronto City Council to vote yes on a city staff report on allowing jets at the small downtown noise-sensitive airport.

Toronto City Council indicated at their meeting that there was insufficient information to decide on the issue and required acceptance of caps on expansion as a condition of moving forward with the negotiations. The Toronto Port Authority refused to agree to caps, and, as a result, there are no negotiations taking place.

The Port Authority is proceeding unilaterally to conduct some additional studies, and they will not be completed until late fall, at the earliest.

There is also an expected federal election in October which will probably also decide the issue.

Here is Porter Airlines’ proposed plan:

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Porter Airlines’ Plan:

Porter Airlines, in consultation with independent aviation consultants, has developed a runway proposal with the objective of designing a runway that does not change the enjoyment of Lake Ontario by Torontonians, including the boating community.

The proposed extension of up to 200 meters into the water at each end of the main runway meets the city’s request that the runway have no material impact on the current Marine Exclusion Zone (MEZ) or on the western shipping channel. Porter has worked closely with stakeholders and our airport consultant, LPS Avia Consulting, to ensure this point.

Regardless of whether Porter’s runway request is approved, Transport Canada will likely require runway extensions into the water for new Runway End Safety Area (RESA) enhancements. These potential extensions have been included in Porter’s proposal.

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Under the Tripartite Agreement that governs Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, jet aircraft are prohibited from operating at the airport. This regulation was established 30 years ago to prevent noisy planes from landing on the waterfront.

Since then, there have been significant advancements in jet aircraft technology, resulting in much quieter jets. The CS100 is comparably quiet to the Q400 turboprops Porter currently flies.

Only aircraft that meet very strict noise limits – the strictest in the world – can fly from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Porter is asking that the ban on jets be lifted without any change to the airport’s noise restrictions.

Experts say that the CS100 will almost certainly meet the noise restrictions. If it doesn’t, Porter will not purchase the aircraft.

If extended, Porter Airlines would add the CS100s (it has 12 on conditional order but it is still under development) and proposes to operate on the following possible routes:

Porter CS100 Proposed Routes

Read more about Porter Airlines’ plans: CLICK HERE

Meanwhile Air Canada (Montreal), not surprisingly, is opposed to any jets at Billy Bishop and has issued this statement:

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On March 31, at a public consultation for the Master Plan for the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport by the Toronto Port Authority (also known as Ports Toronto), the following became clear:

The current Ports Toronto Master Planning exercise is restricted to one option – promoting an extension of the runway at both ends and removing the restrictions on jet aircraft to accommodate the stated business plan and objectives of Porter Airlines, despite opposition from the community and other carriers;

No consideration appears to have been given to expanding turboprop operations at the airport (the preferred approach of Air Canada) – the effort remains focused on the interests of Porter Airlines as opposed to being a balanced review of other options for growth;

Ports Toronto stated that it envisioned slot growth at the airport going from the current 202 to only 242 daily slots, which would allow for immaterial incremental slots for Air Canada and new entrants, if any; and

Ports Toronto stated that it envisioned that if jets were approved, that a number of these slots would be sought by private jet operators – further reducing the number of slots available to commercial carriers such as Air Canada.

“Air Canada’s position on this matter is crystal clear,” stated Derek Vanstone, Air Canada’s Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Government and Industry Affairs:

No Jets

“We do not support jets at Billy Bishop – we prefer to see a growing downtown airport focused on short haul passengers using modern turboprop aircraft, which would be more consistent with the spirit and intent of the original tripartite agreement at Billy Bishop. Port Toronto’s focus on jets is not defensible as Billy Bishop can certainly prosper and grow as a turboprop airport, serving communities within the two hour range that can be accomplished with Toronto-assembled Bombardier Q400 aircraft.”

Access to Slots

“We want fair and appropriate access to slots for Air Canada and other carriers to encourage real competition at Billy Bishop, similar to the situation that we find at other airports across the country where Porter has the ability to commence jet service at any time. Currently, Porter Airlines has been awarded over 85% of the slots and we are unable to serve more than one market, Montreal, despite huge demand from our customers for Ottawa, New York / Newark and other short haul markets. Moreover, if the slot growth at the airport was capped as proposed, and even if Air Canada was awarded all of these outstanding slots, it would be insufficient to allow us to commence even the most basic level of service to these new destinations. Indeed, slot caps of the sort being advanced by Ports Toronto can only benefit Porter and enhance its existing dominant position.”

Terminal Rates and Charges

“We want a terminal rates and charges methodology that is significantly lower at this facility, more in keeping with rates and charges at other airports in Canada and the United States. Our concerns have only been heightened by the infrastructure spending being considered in the context of the Master Plan. We are currently reviewing our options in this regard, as previously stated.”

“There is a tremendous opportunity for growth at this airport which is being completely ignored by the Ports Toronto management,” noted Vanstone who continued to state that “this focus on the interests of a single stakeholder is simply irresponsible when you consider that Ports Toronto is an agency of the federal government who has a mandate to operate this public asset in the public interest.”

All images above by Porter Airlines.

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Porter Airlines supports the Pan American Games in Toronto 2015 with a special logo

Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop City Centre) is supporting the Pan American Games and the host city of Toronto in 2015 with a new logo on Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GKQF (msn 4391) above and below.

Porter DHC-8-400 C-GKQF (15-Pan Am Games)(logo)(Porter)(LR)

 

About the Pan American Games:

Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games logo

The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.

The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

While the Pan Am Games have been hosted in a dozen countries throughout the Americas, Canada has had the honour of hosting them twice; in 1967 and 1999 and both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In 2015, Toronto will be the proud Host City of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

In other news, Porter Airlines is adding a second weekly flight to Stephenville, Newfoundland, this summer, as it seeks to improve travel options for southwestern and western Newfoundland. Increased service begins June 20, 2015, connecting nonstop to Halifax.

From June 20, to September 6, Porter will offer two weekly flights departing Halifax on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Return flights depart Stephenville the following day on Sundays and Thursdays. Continuing service on the same aircraft to Ottawa and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is also available.

Top Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. C-GKQF arrives in Montreal (Trudeau).

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Porter Airlines to add seasonal service to Charleston, South Carolina

Porter Airlines (Toronto) is introducing weekly seasonal service between its Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport base and Charleston, South Carolina from February 14 to May 2, 2015.

The new South Carolina service (the company previously operated to Myrtle Beach) will supplement regular service to these US cities (below):

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQO (msn 4270) arrives in Washington (Dulles) (all others by Porter).

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Video: In April 2013 Porter laid out its expansion lans for its home downtown airport:

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