SOURCE: Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines Inc.

July 26, 2016 15:05 ET

Porter Reaches 1 Million Thunder Bay Passengers, Adds 6th Flight

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 26, 2016) - In response to passenger demand, Porter Airlines is increasing the number of flights between Thunder Bay and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, up to six daily roundtrips, effective September 6, 2016. Three direct flights are available from Thunder Bay to both Ottawa and Montreal, after a short stop in Toronto. Passengers no longer have to deplane in Toronto and change aircraft, significantly reducing travel time by up to two hours.

Thunder Bay was Porter's initial destination in Northern Ontario and continues to attract new passengers.

"Since we began Thunder Bay service in 2009, passengers have continued to embrace our convenient schedule and affordable fares," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "The additional round-trip flight provides even more options and convenience for travellers."

Further to the additional flight, Porter is celebrating one million passengers on the Thunder Bay route. Today, to commemorate the milestone, the one-millionth passenger departing Thunder Bay on Flight #634 at 2:05 p.m. was presented with a pair of roundtrip tickets to any Porter destination.

"There are many loyal Thunder Bay passengers, as well as new ones trying Porter every day," adds Deluce. "Our entire team is grateful for each of the one-million trips people have chosen to fly with us and we are committed to providing the service they have come to expect from us."

"Porter has played a vital role in connecting Thunder Bay to downtown Toronto and select destinations throughout Canada and the United States," said Ed Schmidtke, president and Chief Executive Officer, Thunder Bay Airport Authority. "With Porter's help, Thunder Bay is better connected to business, culture, vacation fun and family."

Porter has continued to set itself apart from the competition by emphasizing overall service, and providing complimentary amenities, including lounge access, Wi-Fi, beer, wine and snacks for all passengers. Its main base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is one of the most convenient urban airports in the world. Porter is the only airline out of Billy Bishop operating flights to Thunder Bay. Connecting flights via Billy Bishop are also popular for reaching many other Porter destinations.

Complete schedule information is available at www.flyporter.com.

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® and also rated as Best Regional Airline in North America by Skytrax.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston, Washington (Dulles), Pittsburgh and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Stephenville, N.L., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Burlington, Vt., and Orlando-Melbourne, Fla. Vacation packages are available from Porter Escapes at www.porterescapes.com.

Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.

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