Porter Airlines Orders a Further 20 Embraer E195-E2s to Support Major Expansion Plan

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 19, 2022 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines has placed a firm order for 20 Embraer E195-E2 passenger jets, adding to their existing 30 firm orders. Porter will use the E195-E2 to extend its award-winning service to destinations throughout North America. The deal, with a list price value of US$1.56 billion, brings Porter’s orders with Embraer to a total of up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft, with 50 firm commitments and 50 purchase rights.

Porter Airlines has placed a firm order for 20 Embraer E195-E2 passenger jets, adding to their existing 30 firm orders. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

In 2021, Porter ordered 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets, with purchase rights for a further 50 aircraft, worth US$5.82 billion at list price, with all options exercised.

Michael Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines said, “Embraer has a proven aircraft, representing the best of environmental efficiency, operating performance and passenger comfort. We are in final preparations to introduce the E195-E2 to North America, joining other global airlines already benefiting from its use. The aircraft will become core to our fleet, as Porter reshapes passenger expectations for air travel in same way we did over 15 years ago. Announcements are forthcoming that will detail our initial routes, in-flight product and other details.”

Arjan Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “Porter Airlines’ ambition for growth while delivering an upgraded passenger experience is set to shake up the industry in North America. With 50 E2s now on firm order, Porter is set to make a stunning debut as North American launch customer for the E195-E2. Their commitment today to a further 20 jets, so soon after their first order, demonstrates the unbeatable performance and economics of the E2 family; the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft in the segment. The E195-E2 also delivers 25% lower carbon emissions than previous generation aircraft.”

Porter Airlines will be the North American launch customer for Embraer’s newest family of jets, the E2. Porter’s investment is set to disrupt Canadian aviation; enhancing competition, elevating passenger service levels and creating as many as 6,000 new jobs. Porter intends to deploy the E195-E2s to popular business and leisure destinations throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Porter’s first delivery and entry into service is scheduled starting in the second half of 2022. The E195-E2 accommodates between 120 and 146 passengers. Configuration plans for Porter’s E2s will be revealed in due course.

About Embraer

A global aerospace company headquartered in Brazil, Embraer has businesses in Commercial and Executive aviation, Defense & Security and Agricultural Aviation. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing Services & Support to customers after-sales.

Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. On average, about every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year.

Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats and the main exporter of high value-added goods in Brazil. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

About Porter

Porter Airlines provides 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®. 

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Muskoka, Ont., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Visit flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Hope Air and Porter Airlines Announce Renewed Partnership

TORONTO, June 15, 2022 /CNW/ – Hope Air, Canada’s national charity, supporting families and children in need who must travel for vital medical care, and Porter Airlines announced today a new partnership to strengthen Hope Air’s mission and service.

Hope Air and Porter Airlines announced today a new partnership to strengthen Hope Air’s mission and service. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Hope Air and Porter Airlines announced today a new partnership to strengthen Hope Air’s mission and service. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

As part of this partnership, Porter is providing free travel vouchers for Hope Air patients travelling through Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. This is a critical connection for thousands of families, individuals and children each year who must travel to Toronto for specialized medical care. Patients living in communities such as Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, among others, are able to travel conveniently to reach Toronto hospitals.

“Porter has been a long-time partner and supporter of Hope Air,” said Mark Rubinstein, Chief Hope Officer.  “Their outstanding commitment to serving communities is demonstrated through this important partnership with our charity.  We are grateful for their support that in turn will help many Hope Air patients in need.”

“Porter has supported Hope Air’s efforts to better connect people with necessary medical care for more than a decade,” said Paul Moreira, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Porter Airlines. “Every Hope Air passenger that Porter can assist in accessing their treatments is incredibly meaningful to us. This shouldn’t be considered a privilege or based on where you live.”

The Hope Air and Porter Airlines partnership will be officially recognized on June 15, at a special event hosted at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The event includes the participation of Hope Air volunteer pilots as part of the Give Hope Wings coast-to-coast expedition, travelling across Canada to raise funds and awareness for Hope Air.

The Give Hope Wings expedition, launching the second half of its journey from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on June 15, is organized and led by a group of dedicated volunteers. The trailblazing event aims to raise $1 million to fund 2,850 flights for Canadians in need who must travel to access vital medical care.

Thank you to sponsors Nieuport Aviation and PortsToronto. Billy Bishop Airport is vital for Hope Air’s mission, given its ability to serve private and commercial flights, as well as its exceptional proximity to Toronto’s world class hospitals.

About Hope Air

Hope Air is Canada’s only national charity providing free travel and accommodations for Canadians in financial need who must access medical care far from home. Since its inception in 1986, Hope Air has provided more than 162,000 travel arrangements for patients regardless of age or medical need.

For people living on a low income in small and rural communities, distance and cost are very real barriers to them accessing vital medical care. Hope Air is a unique and essential part of our Canadian healthcare system. Without the access Hope Air provides, our national system of universal healthcare coverage would fall short of its promise. Hope Air has been chosen as one of Canada’s best 100 charities by Maclean’s magazine, MoneySense magazine and Charity Intelligence based on efficiency, transparency and need.

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines provides 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®.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Muskoka, Ont., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Visit www.flyporter.com

Plan your sunny getaway to Myrtle Beach with Porter’s seasonal service

TORONTO, March 9, 2022 /CNW/ – It’s time to escape the chill with a flight to Myrtle Beach. Porter Airlines resumes non-stop service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport today, operating until May 28, 2022.

“The warm breezes of Myrtle Beach are just a two-hour flight away,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “It’s the perfect sunny destination for a family getaway or a weekend of golf.”

Sandy beaches, ocean-front hotels and more than 90 golf courses make Myrtle Beach an ideal destination.

Flights from Toronto will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with connecting service from various Porter locations. Bookings are now available at www.flyporter.com.

Porter Escapes makes planning simpler with vacation packages available. Visit the Porter Escapes page for flight and hotel booking information.

Passengers may book a flight with the Full Refund Option for $40 plus taxes. The Refund Option provides a refund for the booking, including base fare, taxes and fees, should a passenger have to cancel  their flight in advance, for any reason. Bookings made before March 31, 2022, are also eligible to change or cancel without fees.

Passengers must ensure they comply with current government rules prior to any travel. More details on travel requirements can be found on our website.

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines provides 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®.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, 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.

More information on Porter, including a downloadable multimedia library, is available at the Media Centre. Details of growth plans to provide North America-wide service are available at flyporter.com.

Air Transat and Porter Airlines conclude code-sharing agreement

MONTREAL and TORONTO, March 8, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat and Porter Airlines, two major Canadian carriers, 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.

“We are very excited to team up with Porter in an important partnership that will contribute to the strengthening of our network and reinforce our leadership in our main markets,” said Transat President and CEO Annick Guérard. “This promising agreement brings together two award-winning, traveller-centric brands whose flight schedules are complementary, and creates great opportunities for customers who are looking for quality and effortless travel. By providing better connectivity, it will not only enhance our destination offering for our Canadian and international customers, but also save them time and make their lives easier.”

“This code-sharing agreement with Air Transat nicely complements our own growth plans,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “The introduction of seamless access to international markets, where Air Transat has made its mark, is an especially great benefit for our passengers. The overall combination of new routes and finding a partner that shares our dedication to delivering a great travel experience is a perfect fit.”

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.

About Air Transat
Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. It is renewing its fleet with the greenest aircraft in their category as part of a commitment to a healthier environment, knowing that this is essential to its operations and the magnificent destinations it offers. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines provides 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®. Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Details of Porter’s North America-wide service plans are available online.

Porter Airlines’ summer service returning to Muskoka

TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2022 /CNW/ – 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.

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

“We look forward to bringing our passengers back to Muskoka after two seasons away due to the pandemic,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “The picturesque Muskoka region is less than a 30-minute flight from downtown Toronto, making it more accessible for Torontonians, as well as other Porter travellers in Canada and the U.S.”

Travellers can relax in scenic cottage country, explore historic towns, or enjoy a variety of amenities including golf courses, provincial parks, marinas, and cultural attractions across the region. Tickets are now available at www.flyporter.com.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Porter Airlines back to the Muskoka Airport this summer,” said James Murphy, executive director of RTO12, the regional tourism organization that led the push to introduce commercial service to the area, and which continues to act as a promotional partner. “As in our successful first season, we will run the Explorers’ Edge shuttle service to disperse visitors across the greater region, with details to be announced shortly.”

Schedule details are as follows:

Day of WeekToronto Departure TimeMuskoka Departure Time
Monday* and Friday2:25 p.m.3:45 p.m.
*Tuesday departure on long weekends.

Roundtrip fares as low as $164 are available for passengers who book by March 8, 2022. subject to availability. Bookings made before March 31, 2022, are also eligible to change or cancel without fees.

Passengers must ensure they comply with current government rules prior to any travel. More details on travel requirements can be found on our website.

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines provides 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®.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, 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.

More information on Porter, including a downloadable multimedia library, is available at the Media Centre. Details of growth plans to provide North America-wide service are available at flyporter.com.

Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Porter adding three non-stop routes for the Maritimes at Toronto City Airport

Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton receiving new service

TORONTO, Feb. 17, 2022 /CNW/ – 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 Halifax, Fredericton 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.

Porter adding three non-stop routes for the Maritimes at Toronto City Airport. Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton receiving new service (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter adding three non-stop routes for the Maritimes at Toronto City Airport. Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton receiving new service (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

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 travellers 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 York-Newark
  • Washington-Dulles
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Thunder Bay
  • Windsor

Fredericton

  • Boston
  • Chicago-Midway
  • New York-Newark
  • Thunder Bay
  • Timmins

Moncton

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

Connecting flights may vary by season. Complete flight schedule and booking information is available on www.flyporter.com.

All passengers benefit from Porter’s award-winning customer service and in-flight experience, including complimentary beer and wine served in glassware, and a selection of free premium snacks.

Quotes

“These three established Porter markets in Atlantic Canada will see significant service improvements with new year-round, non-stop routes and many opportunities for convenient connecting flights. It also demonstrates our commitment to investing in Billy Bishop Airport, which serves as an important regional transportation hub and provides exceptional access to central Toronto.”

–       Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines

“As Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport continues to rebuild and recover following the initial impacts of the pandemic, we welcome and celebrate announcements such as this one from Porter Airlines that demonstrates a commitment to providing improved and convenient access for Canadians, and reminds us of the importance of travelling and finding new adventures in areas near and far. The year-round, non-stop routes to these three important Atlantic destinations will give travellers more of what they expect from our airport – convenience, efficiency and excellent service.”

–       Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, PortsToronto and Billy Bishop Airport

“We’re thrilled to see Halifax’s connection to the Toronto market expanding with Porter’s new non-stop service to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. This new route will provide our passengers with more choice and the added convenience of arriving and departing just minutes from the heart of the city. We appreciate Porter’s commitment to increasing air service in our community and look forward to working together as we collectively recover from the pandemic.”

–       Joyce Carter, president and CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority

“Fredericton is a dynamic and resilient city, and Porter is an important partner as well as a great airline. Both leisure and business travellers will benefit from this non-stop flight from Fredericton to downtown Toronto, as well as the connections it provides to Porter’s network.”

–       Johanne Gallant, president and CEO, Fredericton International Airport Authority

“Porter has been a valued airline partner at YQM since 2010. We are very excited to see a new route to YTZ in addition to Ottawa. This direct connection to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will allow our travellers a one-stop connection to Porter’s extended Canadian and USA network. So whether one wishes to see the Blue Jays in Toronto, the White Sox in Chicago, or the Sleeping Giant in Thunder Bay, it is very easy to get there for both business and leisure travellers. We look forward to our region’s strong support of this new Porter offering from Greater Moncton!”

–       Bernard LeBlanc, president and CEO, Greater Moncton International Airport Authority

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines provides 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®.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, 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.

More information on Porter, including a downloadable multimedia library, is available at the Media Centre. Details of growth plans to provide North America-wide service are available at flyporter.com.

Air Canada Pauses Flights To 15 Caribbean Destinations (Updates from Westjet, Air Transat & Porter)

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by Andrew Curran | January 10, 2022

Air Canada is suspending flights to 15 warm-weather destinations until April 30. Attributing the suspensions to the “current pandemic context,” Air Canada says it will operate some one way flights from the targeted destinations to get Canadians home.

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Air Canada is suspending flights to 15 Caribbean destinations until April 30. Photo: Air Canada

Omicron and do not travel advisories behind flight suspensions

Scratched from the Air Canada timetables between January 24 and the end of April are flights to Antigua, Aruba, Samaná, Curaçao, Exuma, Grenada, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Havana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Behind the flight suspensions is a drop in demand for travel. That drop is fuelled by the rapidly spreading omicron variant and governments encouraging people not to travel unless necessary.

Just last week, Air Canada denied it would suspend flights to the Caribbean and Mexico. Caribbean media were reporting this was the case. The reports were based on an out-of-date press release. While technically correct to flag this error, Air Canada’s denials were followed by the suspension of flights to 15 Caribbean destinations just days later.

Many of the suspensions take effect just weeks after flights launched. Air Canada’s flights from Toronto to George Town, Exuma, only resumed in mid-December. While Air Canada hasn’t detailed its plans yet, the airline will schedule some flights from the impacted destinations to ensure no one gets stranded once the suspensions take effect.

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Air Canada has cut off many cold-weather escape options. Photo: Air Canada

All of Canada’s airlines are feeling the pressure

Canada’s airlines (including Air Canada) have canceled more than 500 flights in the last week. Many of those flights were due to head south towards the sun. The cancelations impact all of Canada’s commercial airlines, large and small.

WestJet has trimmed its schedules by 15% this month as that airline deals with declining demand and a high number of employees calling in sick.

“Despite all contingency planning, in addition to hiring back thousands of WestJetters to safely support peak operations, we find ourselves no longer able to predictably resource our planned schedule due to omicron impact and have made the difficult decision to consolidate approximately 15% of scheduled flights through to January 31, 2022,” says WestJet’s Acting CEO, Harry Taylor.

Air Transat has cut its schedules over early 2022 by approximately 30%. They also blame omicron and the Canadian Government for encouraging people to stay at home. Air Transat’s scaled-back timetable runs through to February 25. However, the airline warns further adjustments may occur.

“The lingering effects of the omicron variant and the restrictive measures put in place by the federal government on December 15th have had an impact on our customers’ reservations and cancellation requests,” said an Air Transat spokesperson.

Westjet plane tails in Pearson International Airport.
WestJet has also trimmed its schedules over the next two months. Photo: Getty Images

Canadian Government travel advisory puts the brakes on travel

Even Toronto-based Porter Airlines, only recently back in the air, is eyeing some schedule cuts. It adds up to a bleak winter for Canada’s airlines who’d hoped to do brisk business flying passengers south to warmer climes.

In mid-December, the Canadian Government issued a travel advisory that didn’t ban international travel but definitely didn’t encourage it.

“We see the situation abroad, and we’re afraid and concerned with what could happen to Canadians who would choose to go abroad in the next few weeks,” said Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. “Now is not the time to travel.”

It seems many Canadians are taking the Minister’s advice and Canada’s airlines are among the losers.

Competitive Pressure: Can Canada’s New Airlines Survive?

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by Andrew Curran | December 23, 2021

Despite the travel downturn disruptions, analysts expect the Canadian airline industry to grow by over 50% in the next two decades, resulting in an additional 40 million people taking to the skies. Canada is a substantial market but is dominated by two carriers that new airlines can find hard to crack.

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The competitive power of Air Canada and WestJet is too strong for new airlines says one Canadian strategic analyst. Photo: Getty Images

New airlines take on Canada’s two big carriers

Several new airlines are trying to break that traditional two-airline model. In recent years, Flair Airlines and Porter Airlines have entered the fray. Next year, Lynx (formerly Enerjet) plans to begin scheduled passenger flights. That’s in addition to incumbents Air Canada and WestJet starting up their own low-cost offshoots.

But will these new players significantly impact the Canadian airline market? Mark Satov, a Canadian strategy consultant and media commentator, thinks not.

“Would I be investing in any of these new low-cost carriers? Absolutely not,” he told Yahoo’s Editor Edition’s Alicja Siekierska. “I think Air Canada and WestJet will let them have their fun until they decide they don’t want to.”

With leisure travelers one of the first passenger markets to begin rebounding, Air Canada has recently launched or resumed flights to several holiday and sun destinations – “the places Air Canada would really rather not do,” says Mr Satov and usually left to the low-cost carriers like Flair.

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Mark Satov is especially critical of Air Canada throwing its market weight around. Photo: Air Canada

Predatory pricing or just fair game?

What potentially makes life difficult for competitors is that Air Canada can decide to fly in, engage in a little predatory pricing, and force competitors out of the market

“In a lot of other sectors of the economy, when competitors engage in predatory pricing – not just to gain market share but to drive competitors out, governments will step in.

“We don’t seem to do that in Canada. Why? We don’t have governments with courage, and we believe that strong airlines are really important for the economy. Air Canada can do what it wants. WestJet was caught on some predatory pricing – but you get caught, and you do it again.”

It’s not just the ability to compete on price that locks in an advantage for the two incumbent Canadian airlines; they also hold significant slots at key Canadian airports.

Mark Satov agrees the new competition is good news for consumers in the short term because ticket prices are falling on certain routes. But he thinks Canada’s financial and regulatory rules cause significant structural issues for new airlines, especially low-cost carriers, that undermine their long-term viability.

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Canadian strategic analyst & media commentator Mark Satov. Photo: Satov Consultants

Porter Airlines cut some slack – it’s in with a competitive chance

But Mr Satov says Porter Airlines is an exception. Porter chases business travel rather than low-yielding leisure travelers. They base themselves out of Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto, where they are a major customer.

“For a lot of people, Porter is a viable alternative for business travel because they fly business routes. You can fly from Montreal to Toronto, which is one of the most profitable routes in North America. I think they can be viable.”

But overall Mark Satov isn’t bullish on any of these new airlines making a dent in the Canadian airline market because of the competitive power of the two big airlines. With one-ninth the population of neighboring United States, he says it’s understandable why only a few airlines in Canada can prosper.

“Maybe it’s rational we only let two survive – because there is only so much volume.”

Start the winter season with Porter’s service to Mont-Tremblant

TORONTO / December 17, 2021 – Start the ski season with Porter Airlines’ seasonal service to Mont-Tremblant, Que. Starting today, Porter is offering non-stop service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Mont-Tremblant International Airport, operating until March 28, 2022.

“It is exciting to return to our first seasonal destination,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “Our passengers can fly from downtown Toronto to Mont-Tremblant in as little as 70 minutes and enjoy a number of winter and holiday festivities.”

The winter schedule includes up to four weekly flights, with connections from various Porter locations also available. Flights are available for booking on the Porter website.

Porter Escapes can help make planning easier with flight, hotel and ski packages. Visit the Porter Escapes website for more details.

Passengers may book a flight with the Full Refund Option for $40 plus taxes. The Refund Option entitles customers to receive a refund, including base fare, taxes and fees, for their booking upon advance cancellation of their flight for any reason. Bookings made before Dec. 31, 2021, are also eligible to change or cancel without fees.

Following the Government of Canada’s travel requirement mandates for air passengers, everyone over the age of 12 years and four months departing from a Canadian airport must provide proof of full vaccination. Passengers must ensure that they comply with current rules prior to any travel.