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?

From Simple Flying – link to source story – Thanks to CW

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.

Relax in Myrtle Beach with Porter’s seasonal service

TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2021 /CNW/ – Start planning your spring break trip with Porter Airlines’ seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Flights return March 9, 2022, and conclude May 28, 2022.

“Relax with a trip to sandy beaches and sunshine,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “We’re looking forward to returning to another seasonal destination. Myrtle Beach is only a short flight away and is perfect for a short getaway.”

Start planning your spring break trip with Porter Airlines’ seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Flights return March 9, 2022, and conclude May 28, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau) (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Start planning your spring break trip with Porter Airlines’ seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Flights return March 9, 2022, and conclude May 28, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau) (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Direct flights from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with connecting service from various Porter locations. Tickets are now available at www.flyporter.com.

With oceanfront hotels and beaches along the Atlantic coast, Myrtle Beach is also home to 90 golf courses for every level of golfer.

Make planning simpler with Porter Escapes vacation packages. 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 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. In addition to the Canadian departure requirements, all passengers over the age of two must also follow the United States’ entry requirements and provide a valid COVID-19 test taken within one day of departure and a signed attestation. More details on travel requirements can be found on our website. Passengers must ensure that they comply with current rules prior to any travel.

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, Saint John, 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.

Details of growth plans to provide North America-wide service are available at flyporter.com.

Porter Airlines launches new travel insurance partnership with Allianz Global Assistance

TORONTO, Dec. 2, 2021 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines has partnered with Allianz Global Assistance as its new travel insurance provider, offering a variety of insurance products and options for customers.

“We’re giving Porter customers more insurance options, so they can feel comfortable and prepared for their unique travel needs,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “Porter and Allianz are prepared to provide quality customer support for those looking to add these policies to their purchases.”

Porter Airlines launches new travel insurance partnership with Allianz Global Assistance (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines launches new travel insurance partnership with Allianz Global Assistance (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

The new travel insurance plans can be included at the time of booking flights or Porter Escape vacation packages. Available plans may also be purchased after booking, through the Porter website or the Allianz call centre.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Porter Airlines and offer their customers additional peace of mind before and after take-off,” said Lisa Callaghan, chief product & underwriting officer, Allianz Global Assistance. “We’re here to help Porter customers secure the right protection, through the right products, for their individual needs.”

The new partnership offers three categories of products: Trip Cancellation Insurance, Emergency Travel Medical Insurance and All-Inclusive Insurance. Porter customers have access to Allianz emergency assistance, claims expertise and inquiry support through their pre-trip planning. 

The new products are accessible to customers online at www.flyporter.com and through the Allianz call centre.

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, Saint John, 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.

Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

About Allianz Global Assistance (Canada)

For over 30 years, Allianz Global Assistance has supported travelling Canadians and visitors when they need it most with value-added travel insurance and assistance services. We bring our passion for assisting people to life every day through our partnerships with some of the best-known brands in the travel and financial services markets. We also serve as an outsource provider for in-bound call centre services and claims administration for health insurers, property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. Allianz Global Assistance is a specialist brand of Allianz Partners and is a registered business name of AZGA Service Canada Inc. and AZGA Insurance Agency Canada Ltd. For more information, visit the Allianz Global Assistance Canada website.

Travel insurance is underwritten by CUMIS General Insurance Company, a member of

The Co-operators group of companies and administered by Allianz Global Assistance, which is a registered business name of AZGA Service Canada Inc.

Porter Airlines Selects Viasat for In-Flight Connectivity on its New Embraer E195-E2 Aircraft

CARLSBAD, Calif., and TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2021 /CNW/ – Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, and Porter Airlines today announced Viasat’s industry-leading in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution has been selected for the Toronto-based airline’s 30 new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. The new aircraft will be linefit with Viasat’s high-speed, reliable in-flight internet system and are expected to enter service in the second half of 2022. Porter is preparing to grow beyond its current regional eastern Canada- and U.S.-focused network to include routes to the west coast, southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.

Porter Airlines Selects Viasat for In-Flight Connectivity on its New Embraer E195-E2 Aircraft (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines Selects Viasat for In-Flight Connectivity on its New Embraer E195-E2 Aircraft (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Leveraging the Company’s unrivaled capacity across its network of Geosynchronous satellites, Viasat’s IFC service will provide a high-speed internet experience in the sky.

“Introducing the E2 into Porter’s fleet gives us the ability to serve customers across North America,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Using Viasat’s technology allows us to create a distinct digital passenger experience for longer routes that builds on our award-winning approach to hospitality.”

Don Buchman, Viasat vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation, said, “From our initial conversations with the Porter Airlines team, it was clear they place a high-value and emphasis on delivering an enhanced experience. Our proven IFC system delivers on this promise, which enables their passengers to benefit from the speeds, capacity and coverage offered by our ViaSat-2 satellite today, as well as our next-generation satellite constellation, ViaSat-3, in the future.”

For more information on Porter Airlines, visit: www.flyporter.com. More information on Viasat’s commercial aviation solutions can be found here.

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, Saint John, 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.

Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Details of growth plans to provide North America-wide service are available at flyporter.com.

About Viasat
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat’s Corporate Blog, or follow the Company on social media at: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter or YouTube.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include among others, statements related to Viasat and Porter Airlines’ relationship; the introduction of Viasat’s IFC service on Porter Airlines’ Embraer E195-E2 aircraft; the enhanced, at-home internet experience passengers and crew can expect; Porter Airlines’ plan to make the service available to all passengers; the availability, capabilities and performance of the Viasat in-flight internet equipment; the timing to connect the Porter fleet and the number of aircraft to be connected, and the satellites used to provide the service, including the future speed, capacity and coverage of the ViaSat-3 satellite constellation. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of the satellite(s) used to supply these services, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; contractual problems; product defects; manufacturing issues or delays; regulatory issues; technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and other factors affecting the aviation sector generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Viasat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

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