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Porter Airlines Boosts Domestic Network with 5 New Routes

The Toronto-based airline is adding new destinations in February, including Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver

by Fergus Cole

December 19, 2022

Peace Bridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada / Photo: Timothy Yue/Shutterstock

Canadian carrier Porter Airlines has announced five new routes as it continues to expand its network with the imminent arrival of brand-new Embraer E2 jets.

Starting in February next year, Porter will begin operating flights from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa. In addition, the regional airline is looking to add some capacity to face its competitors, Air Canada and WestJet.

Ottawa’s Cenotaph and Chateau Laurier / Photo: Paul McKinnon/Shutterstock

From February 1, Porter will launch four daily flights between Toronto and Ottawa International Airport (YOW) and four daily flights between YYZ and Montreal (YUL). Fares on both routes start at just $165 one way.

Then, on February 7, the carrier will begin operating three daily flights from Toronto to Vancouver (YVR), with fares starting at $182 each way.

From February 14, the airline will offer three daily flights between Toronto and Edmonton (YEG). Finally, from February 22, it will launch two daily trips between Toronto and Calgary (YYC), with prices starting at $192 one way.

“With Porter, Calgarians can now enjoy a new level of generosity and thoughtful service that is non-existent today in economy air travel,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president, and chief commercial officer at Porter Airlines.

“We are offering a higher level of economy service at highly competitive fares and are changing the way people think about economy air travel. Porter provides more value for your money than with any other airline.”

Each new route will be operated by the airline’s brand-new Embraer E195-E2 planes, which have a total capacity of 132 passengers. Passengers can expect a relatively high level of service for an economy class, with fast and free onboard WiFi, complimentary beer or wine, and no middle seats.

Photo: Porter Airlines, Embraer E195-E2. Courtesy of Porter Airlines.

Porter Airlines currently holds orders for 50 E2 jets, with the option to purchase another 50 for its growing fleet.

Rob Palmer, Chief Financial Officer of the Calgary Airport Authority, said, “As the gateway for Western Canada, YYC is proud to facilitate yet another option that connects Calgary with more direct access to Toronto.”

“With Porter being the third new airline to connect its fleet to YYC Calgary International Airport in under a year, the airline’s entrance into the Alberta region signals strength in the industry’s confidence in our airport and region. We look forward to working with Porter to deliver elevated experiences for our guests and bringing more economic benefits to our communities.”