TORONTO, April 25, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines flights to Mont Tremblant, Que., are back in time for summer fun. Seasonal service begins June 21, and runs until September 22, 2019. Flights operate up to four times weekly starting July 28 through Labour Day, and two times weekly for the remainder of the season.
Passengers fly non-stop from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Mont Tremblant International Airport in just 70 minutes. For complete schedule and booking details, visit www.flyporter.com or contact your travel agent.
The picturesque village transforms during the summer months. Full of green spaces and boasting 400 lakes and streams, Mont Tremblant offers an abundance of outdoor scenery. Travellers can enjoy a variety of outdoor adventures, including hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, golfing and water activities. There’s also a range of entertainment and events, including the Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival (July 5-14), Wanderlust (Aug. 22-25), and Iron Man (Aug. 18).
Connecting flights from several Porter destinations in Canada and the U.S. are also available.
TORONTO, April 10, 2019 /CNW/ – The executive team of Porter Airlines is reorganizing to ensure continuity for its immediate and future development.
Effective immediately, Robert Deluce, Porter’s founding president and CEO, assumes the new role of executive chairman, enhancing his existing responsibilities as a member of the board of directors, while staying engaged in Porter’s core business strategies. He also remains as the company’s accountable executive for Transport Canada.
This change is supported by a series of realigned executive responsibilities. Michael Deluce now takes on president and CEO duties. As a founding team member at Porter, Michael was instrumental in defining Porter’s successful business plan, commercial and brand strategies, and has been a key part of realizing that vision in the role of executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
Don Carty has been Porter’s chairman of the board of directors since the company’s founding and will continue in this role.
“A principle responsibility for a board of directors is ensuring orderly succession planning,” said Carty. “This transition sees Robert become further involved at the board level, while allowing Michael and other senior leaders to oversee daily business activities. It is a combination of diverse experience and expertise that will serve Porter well in meeting our needs today.”
“My focus as executive chairman is on supporting our reorganized executive team, while still being active in certain key business areas,” said Robert Deluce. “It’s important for me to be proactive in giving our leadership team even more direct responsibility for setting Porter’s course and I’m confident that the changes announced today are consistent with the vision we created when the airline launched in 2006.”
Michael Deluce has also been appointed as a member of Porter’s board of directors.
“It is a rare opportunity to be part of the development of a company from the outset and now take on the president and CEO position more than a decade later,” said Michael Deluce. “We have an exceptional team in place, from our seasoned management group to our dedicated team members, who believe in what we’re doing to distinguish Porter as a special airline. We’ll work hard to build on this strength.”
With Michael’s appointment, Kevin Jackson moves to the position of executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Kevin has worked closely with Michael, most recently as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. In addition to his current responsibilities of marketing, communications, sales, packaged products and information technology, Kevin will also oversee revenue management, airport operations, catering, learning and development, call centre and customer relations. He continues reporting directly to Michael.
Paul Moreira remains Porter’s chief operating officer and also becomes executive vice president. Paul’s responsibilities focus closely on enhancing overall operational reliability in the critical areas of safety, flight operations and maintenance. He oversees safety, pilots, cabin crew, SOCC, technical operations, including maintenance, Porter FBO, and facilities, while reporting directly to Michael.
Additional roles on Porter’s executive team are unchanged.
Jeff Brown remains executive vice president and chief financial officer, with responsibilities for finance, people and culture, government relations and legal. Jeff also now reports directly to Michael.
Lawrence Hughes remains senior vice president, people and culture, shaping Porter’s culture and leading strategies that enhance team member training and engagement. Lawrence reports directly to Jeff Brown, with indirect reporting to the president and CEO.
TORONTO, March 25, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines will be flying to Muskoka Airport with the introduction of 2019 summer service. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts, Muskoka has established itself among the world’s iconic summer retreats.
Flights will have an air time of approximately 20 minutes, operating twice weekly on Thursdays and Mondays between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Muskoka Airport, from June 27 to September 3. Connecting flights are available via Toronto for numerous Porter destinations in the U.S. and Canada.
“Muskoka is an inspiring destination that attracts travellers from near and far,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “This new route serves as a great opportunity to link Muskoka to our North American network.”
Travellers can soak up stunning scenery, from picturesque historic towns and villages to iconic Algonquin Park, and the area’s famous waterways, including beautiful Georgian Bay. Muskoka offers a charming variety of amenities with golf courses, marinas, camps and cultural attractions spanning the region.
“Explorers’ Edge is thrilled to be partnering with Porter Airlines to bring seasonal service to the Muskoka Airport this summer,” said James Murphy, executive director of Explorers’ Edge. “As the regional tourism organization for Muskoka, Parry Sound and Algonquin Park, it is our intent to leverage this service to increase international visitation across our entire region. Our thanks to the District of Muskoka representatives for their efforts to ready the airport, including working with Transport Canada and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.”
“A new summer service between Toronto and Muskoka is great news for all Ontarians,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Through this partnership, Porter Airlines and the regional tourism organization are opening a new route that will boost local business and make this stunning part of our province an easy-to-access vacation destination. Ontario is truly open for business in Muskoka.”
Schedule details are as follows:
Day of week
Toronto departure time
Muskoka departure time
*Tuesday departure during long weekends.
As part of an exceptional visitor experience in Muskoka and surrounding areas, Explorers’ Edge will also introduce a seasonal shuttle bus service at the airport to deliver Porter passengers to accommodations across the region. The organization will also offer a traveller incentive for tourists who book a flight and accommodation, to the tune of $100 CDN in spending vouchers.
Flights are currently available for booking on Porter’s website and through travel agents. For complete schedule and booking details, visit www.flyporter.com.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group
TORONTO — Air Canada and several other airlines have updated their travel alerts for upwards of 20 gateways in Canada and the U.S., as a massive winter storm sweeps through Ontario, Quebec and onwards to the east, disrupting flights and causing travel snarls.
The weather may be frightful but the wind and snow are also keeping the phones ringing off the hook at travel agencies and tour operators, making for one of the best winter seasons in the travel industry in years.
Air Canada already had more than a dozen cities with travel alerts posted yesterday and has since added to that list. Passengers on impacted flights won’t incur flight change fees if they need to alter their travel plans.
Air Canada has issued travel alerts for some 20 gateways impacted by the storm, including: Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto (YTZ and YYZ), Sydney, Sept-Iles, Saint John, NB, Quebec City, Ottawa, New York (EWR and LGA), Montreal, Moncton, Hartford, Gaspe, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Boston and Bathurst, NB.
The Air Canada alerts apply for flights both today and tomorrow (Feb. 12 and Feb. 13).
WestJet is also allowing flight changes without fees, for the following cities and regions, all due to winter storm systems: Comox, Abbotsford, Nanaimo, Vancouver and Victoria (through Feb. 12); New York region (Feb. 12); Southern Ontario (Feb. 12); Fredericton, Halifax, Moncton, Sydney and Charlottetown (Feb. 13); Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal (Feb. 12 – 13) and Gander and St. John’s (Feb. 14).
Porter Airlines also has several cities on its Travel Alerts page for Feb. 12, including Boston, Montreal, New York (EWR), Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Toronto.
Currently on Toronto Pearson Airport’s departures web page there are more red ‘Cancelled’ notifications than green ‘Departed’ notifications for flights within Ontario and to gateways in Quebec and the Maritimes, however most sun destination flights and flights heading west to cities like Vancouver are mostly departing just fine.
This latest winter storm in what’s already been a proper snowy and cold winter across much of Canada, is a ‘Colorado low’ moving northeast from the U.S. The storm has been pelting Ontario with snow, ice and high winds on Tuesday, with Canada’s weather agency warning residents to brace for worsening weather before the system moved east into Quebec.
Environment Canada issued widespread winter storm warnings across Ontario, with everything from freezing rain in the southwestern part of the province to as much as 40 centimetres of snow near the Ottawa region expected today.
Schools and post-secondary institutions across the province called off classes. The closures in Ontario may be a sign of things to come for the rest of the country, said Environment Canada meteorologist Gerald Cheng, adding the system promises to make itself felt in Quebec and all points east in the coming days.
“It’s not just affecting parts of Ontario, it’s also affecting Quebec and eventually all the Atlantic provinces,” he said. “Basically, a lot of people in eastern Canada will be affected by this storm.”
Cheng said moisture the storm system will have gathered on its way north will result in freezing rain falling on a large stretch of southwestern Ontario from Windsor to London. As it moves north, however, Cheng said the precipitation will shift to a combination of snow and ice pellets.
That mix is expected to fall on the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding regions, he said, bringing between 15 and 25 centimetres of combined precipitation.
Snowfall totals are expected to rise as the storm travels east, he said, adding the Ottawa area can brace for as much as 40 centimetres.
The storm is expected to hit Quebec overnight and into Wednesday morning, he added.
“This is a big storm, and not only are we talking about the precipitation … winds can gust up to 80 kilometres per hour,” he said.
Flight from Newark lands in Pennsylvania after engine trouble
The Associated Press · Posted: Feb 07, 2019 1:35 PM ET
A Porter aircraft taxis at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport in 2013. A flight bound for Toronto was forced to make an emergency landing on Wednesday in Pennsylvania. (Brent Lewin/Bloomberg)
A plane carrying about 30 passengers from Newark, N.J., to Toronto has made an emergency landing at an airport in Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains.
WNEP-TV said all passengers and crew are fine after the plane landed at the Scranton International Airport.
Airport executive director Carl Beardsley tells the news station the Porter Airlines plane had engine trouble and landed safely.
He said another plane is taking the passengers to their destination in Canada.
Toronto-based Porter Airlines operates numerous flights a day between the U.S. and Canada. No details were available on the plane, but television footage from the airport showed the turboprop-powered plane with one propeller apparently not working.
THUNDER BAY, ON, Jan. 8, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is opening an aircraft maintenance base at Thunder Bay International Airport, as of February 2019. This development contributes to Porter servicing its fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400 aircraft and will create 18 jobs in the city.
“Thunder Bay is an important location in Porter’s network,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “This latest investment in a maintenance base demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the community.”
Porter has recently made significant investments in Northern Ontario, including opening a base for pilots and flight attendants in Thunder Bay one year ago.
“This decision is excellent news for the city,” said Bill Mauro, Mayor of Thunder Bay. “It benefits the economy by introducing quality jobs and supports our airport as a regional hub for moving people and goods.”
The maintenance base will be located in an existing hangar at the airport. Porter engineers will perform daily overnight maintenance on two aircraft that will return to service the following day.
“We greatly appreciate the continued confidence Porter has displayed in Thunder Bay,” said Ed Schmidtke, president and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority. “Since initiating service in 2009, Porter has consistently contributed to the airport’s growth by increasing flights, passenger volumes and local employment.”
Porter currently operates up to seven daily roundtrip flights between the city and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
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TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners GP (Nieuport Aviation) is pleased to announce the completion of upgraded gates at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport ahead of a busy holiday season. The airport’s passenger terminal now features a total of 11 gates, 7 of which were re-built and one added. The project is part of the terminal upgrade initiatives completed by Nieuport Aviation, owner and operator of the passenger terminal, to enhance the experience of passengers at the airport.
“Nieuport Aviation has been up to the task of investing in infrastructure projects to keep pace with customer demands, at no cost to the customer,” said Neil Pakey, CEO of Nieuport Aviation. “The project was the result of collaboration with our dedicated partners, and was completed with great efficiency and care with the passenger experience in mind.”
The construction of the gates allows for a better passenger experience by increasing flexibility for peak travel periods, introducing new hand rails for greater accessibility, additional space for passenger line ups, as well as roll up doors to conserve energy within the gates.
“All of the upgrades to the lounges have been intended, designed and implemented with the passenger experience as top priority. This was true in the way the gate construction was undertaken and it is true in the end result which will positively affect flow. Having 11 gates will ensure that Billy Bishop Airport can get its passengers where they need to go by providing increased efficiency and flexibility, especially in peak flow periods,” said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of PortsToronto.
During the installation of the new gates, the passenger experience was not compromised as a result of PCL Construction’s innovative temporary gate module solution. PCL fabricated 24 temporary gate modules at its offsite manufacturing facility, and delivered the modules by ferry to the passenger terminal. The gates were installed in three phases to ensure time efficiencies and to alleviate any impact to customers, airport ground crews and plane traffic.
“In partnership with Nieuport and PortsToronto, PCL was honoured to enhance the passenger experience at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport,” said Kelly Wallace, Vice President and District Manager of PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto). “Through Nieuport’s adoption of our modular solution, we were able to deliver a high-quality product in a controlled environment, while providing added value through cost savings, speed to market, and with limited impact to airport operations.”
“This project marks the end of a busy and successful year for us,” added Pakey. “In addition to the gates, we completed an upgrade to the lounges adding more space, comfort and modern design features such as new seating options, more electronic charging stations, refreshed business areas, as well as six new restaurants and retail stores offering great selection to passengers.”
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ORONTO, Nov. 29, 2018 /CNW/ – Now is the time to start planning your escape with Porter Airlines’ seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, beginning February 13, to May 19, 2019.
Porter offers non-stop flights directly from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Flights operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with added frequency during March Break. Tickets are available now through www.flyporter.com or your travel agent.
“The warm air and ocean breezes of Myrtle Beach are just two-hours away with Porter,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “It’s the perfect time of year to think about getting away for a few days of relaxation.”
Ocean-front hotels, sandy beaches, and more than 100 golf courses in the area, make Myrtle Beach an ideal vacation for the entire family.
Porter Escapes (www.porterescapes.com) vacation packages help make the trip south simple with accommodation at some of Myrtle Beach’s most sought-after resorts:
Doubletree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront
Legends in Concert This international award-winning production features an outstanding cast of accomplished tribute artists, talented singers and dancers with a live band, bringing the music experience to life. A must see show in Myrtle Beach!
Brookgreen Gardens A national historic landmark encompassing more than 9,000 acres in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The three main features of Brookgreen Gardens are the Huntington Sculpture Garden, the Center for American Sculpture, and the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve.
Connecting flights are available via Toronto from numerous Porter destinations. Complete schedule details are available at www.flyporter.com.
Follow @PorterAirlines on Twitter and Instagram for travel ideas, tips and advice on all of Porter’s destinations.
Attracting women to careers in aviation and aerospace
TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2018 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is sponsoring a new mentorship program with The Northern Lights Aero Foundation to attract and retain more women in aviation and aerospace.
The Northern Lights Mentorship Program is designed to connect aspiring and experienced aviation professionals. Participants will broaden their professional networks, receive practical advice and form a support network to help guide them through their career. Mentors, both male and female, will motivate and inspire women to pursue opportunities in aviation and aerospace while enhancing their leadership and communication skills.
“Women are generally underrepresented in aviation and aerospace. The Northern Lights Mentorship Program helps break down barriers by connecting women with mentors who know the industry and generally have a passion for what they do and want to share it with other aviation enthusiasts,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “There are many opportunities within aviation – from being a pilot, to a maintenance engineer or dispatcher – having someone to help navigate the path forward is invaluable.”
The Northern Lights Mentorship Program focuses on three phases of career planning and connects participants with mentors who can best support them:
Considering a career within aviation and aerospace (imagining)
Training and development (training)
Established within the industry (developing)
“It is so important, in the pursuit of bringing in and retaining more women in this industry, to have a tool whereby they can have mentors suited to their needs, whether it is in simply considering a career, the struggles in training or discovering new pathways,” said Joy Parker Blackwood, President, Northern Lights Aero Foundation. “The new mentorship program supports our mission to create career opportunities in aviation and aerospace for Canadian women.”
“Throughout the various stages of my professional life, my mentors have helped me in countless ways make informed decisions about my career choices and allowed me to build a network of immeasurable connections. Their advice and willingness to share their personal experiences with me were constant sources of inspiration and support and I feel it is my duty to pay it forward by mentoring others so they too can succeed,” said Eva Martinez, Vice President, In-Service Support, PAL Aerospace. “One of the benefits of mentoring is the invaluable relationships that develop over time. These help me become a better person, role model and leader.”
Porter’s sponsorship of the mentorship program includes funds and in-kind services for its development and design. The program launched at the Northern Lights Awards Gala on September 29, an annual event honouring outstanding women in Canadian aviation and aerospace.
Porter’s support of the Northern Lights Aero Foundation stems from its Women Soar at Porter program, which launched in 2016. The program is led by dedicated Porter volunteers who actively promote opportunities that exist for women in aviation. At Porter, female pilots represent approximately 13% of the total group, versus approximately 5% for the overall industry. Porter has the highest percentage of female pilots in Canada.
TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2018 /CNW/ – Betterez, a Toronto-based tech startup modernizing the ticketing and reservations systems of worldwide operators in the ground travel industry, announces the appointment of Porter Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Michael Deluce to its Board of Directors.
“Betterez is one of the most advanced ground travel ticket management companies in the market,” says Michael Deluce, EVP and CCO, Porter Airlines. “I’m thrilled to be joining the board where I can contribute to driving technological innovation in the industry around the globe.”
An aviation industry leader, Mr. Deluce was a founding team member of Porter Airlines, an award-winning Toronto-based airline focused on delivering refined airline experiences. As Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, he oversees all commercial aspects of the business and continues to have a central role in defining Porter’s strategy. He has been Director of Allegro Merger Corp since April 2018. Since May 2016, he has served on the Board of Directors of UBS Bank (Canada). He also holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business.
“We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of Michael Deluce, EVP and CCO of Porter Airlines, to our Board of Directors,” says Tal Shalit, Founder and CEO, Betterez. “Mr. Deluce’s deep industry experience and strategic vision will undoubtedly add value to our business as we expand across Canada and throughout the world.”
In addition to Michael Deluce, Betterez’s Board of Directors includes: Donald J. Carty, Former CEO and Chairman of American Airlines, Antoine de Kerviler, Global Head of Rail & Ground Travel, Amadeus IT Group, Tal Shalit, Co-founder & CEO, Betterez, and Raj Singh (Board Observer), Managing Director, JetBlue Technology Ventures.