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Plan your escape to Myrtle Beach with Porter’s seasonal service

News provided by Cision Canada/Porter Airlines Inc

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.

Plan your escape to Myrtle Beach with Porter’s seasonal service. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)
Plan your escape to Myrtle Beach with Porter’s seasonal service. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)
Ocean-front hotels, sandy beaches, and more than 100 golf courses in the area, make Myrtle Beach an ideal vacation for the entire family. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)
Ocean-front hotels, sandy beaches, and more than 100 golf courses in the area, make Myrtle Beach an ideal vacation for the entire family. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)

“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
  • Sheraton Broadway Plantation
  • Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort

For a seamless experience, book your attractions and tee times in advance:

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. 

Toronto’s Billy Bishop airport ends free snacks for waiting passengers after upgrades to main lounge

Porter airplanes at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency

So long, free espresso.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is eliminating complimentary beverages such as cappuccino and soft drinks, and most snacks including almonds after modernizing its main departure lounge. Porter Airlines, the Canadian carrier that operates a majority of flights at Billy Bishop, confirmed the move in a series of Twitter messages Thursday.

“These changes have come about with the new lounge upgrades and opening of new restaurants and cafes in mid-October,” Porter said in one of several Twitter messages to customers. “Passengers have asked for more choices in food and shopping, and these new options address their needs.”

Porter said it will continue to offer free beer, wine and snacks aboard its aircraft. The free in-flight beverages, along with snacks in its airport lounges, were a key marketing tool used by Porter when it started a dozen years ago to compete with Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. Porter now flies to about 20 destinations in the U.S. and Canada, including Boston, Chicago and Newark, New Jersey.

Billy Bishop, the second-largest airport in Canada’s most populous city, is situated on an island in Toronto’s harbour and connected to the mainland by a pedestrian tunnel with moving walkways. Closely held Nieuport Aviation owns and operates the passenger terminal, which was recently refurbished with new restaurants and coffee bars.

Airport Owners

Nieuport is still offering a complimentary cookie to passengers and water refill stations at Billy Bishop, Porter added. Investors in Nieuport include AGF Management Ltd. and Larry Tanenbaum, part owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.

“While we appreciate your feedback, Porter does not operate the lounges” at Billy Bishop, the airline said in response to a Twitter message from a customer. “They are owned by Nieuport. You can send your thoughts on the new upgrades” to the airport owner, Porter said.

Nieuport began operating the terminal in 2015, taking over from Porter. Traffic at Billy Bishop has surged this decade to about 2.8 million passengers last year, from 1.5 million in 2010.

Earlier this month, Nieuport opened three restaurants and three retail stores inside the passenger terminal, while improving the wine selection. About $50 million (US$38 million) has been spent on modernizing the airport in the last few years, according to Rebecca Thompson, a spokeswoman for Nieuport.

“Passengers have long asked for choice,” Thompson said by telephone. “Now they have hundreds of options with regards to food, beverage and shopping.”

Porter Airlines turns 12

TORONTOOct. 23, 2018 /CNW/ – It has been a dozen years since Porter Airlines introduced a distinct aviation concept to travellers. Emphasizing refined service offerings, including complimentary in-flight amenities, and developing its main base at the uniquely-located Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Porter has created a sophisticated brand appealing to a range of business and leisure flyers.

In the last year, the airline invested in people and infrastructure aimed at supporting its ongoing mission to provide competitive and affordable travel options.

This includes a new aircraft maintenance base in Sudbury to perform rotating overnight work on Porter’s fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400s. In Thunder Bay, Porter opened the first crew base for pilots and flight attendants in Northern Ontario among large commercially-scheduled airlines. These crewmembers begin and end their flying schedules in Thunder Bay, providing additional resources in support of local flights. Approximately 40 well-paying jobs have been introduced to date across both communities through these investments.

“Porter has developed a loyal following based on our willingness to do things differently,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “I want to recognize our entire team for contributing to a culture that values passion, perseverance and treating people with respect. This is what attracts customers and creates bonds among our team.”

Partners at Billy Bishop Airport are making their own investments to improve the customer experience. PortsToronto, the airport’s owner and operator, completed a multi-year airfield modernization program, including a resurfaced main runway and updated infrastructure. Nieuport Aviation, the airport terminal operator, recently upgraded the passenger lounges by adding more space, seating and a range of restaurant and retail locations. These improvements, seen and unseen by passengers, introduce new levels of efficiency and service to the airport.

Porter flies to regional locations in eastern Canada and the U.S., including high-frequency business routes between Toronto and OttawaMontreal and New York, plus appealing leisure markets in FloridaSouth Carolina and Quebec. Its vacations division, Porter Escapes, offers travel packages across its route map with accommodations and attractions.

Get out of the snow and into the sun with Porter Airline’s flights to Orlando-Melbourne, Florida

TORONTOOct. 15, 2018 /CNW/ – Plan your escape this winter season to sunny Florida with Porter’s non-stop service to Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. Flights from TorontoOttawa, and Windsor begin the week of December 19. The service operates until April 13, 2019, with flights twice weekly from Toronto, and once per week from Ottawa and Windsor, during peak periods. All three cities will have additional round trip flights during March Break.

Connecting flights are available via Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport from numerous Porter destinations. For complete schedule and booking details, visit www.flyporter.com or contact your travel agent.

“There is significant demand from Canadians to visit Florida throughout the winter months, and we’re pleased to provide our passengers with service to the sunshine state,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “Continuing to offer non-stop service from TorontoWindsor, and Ottawa means that more people can visit Florida directly from their own communities.”

OrlandoMelbourne is located just 20 minutes from Port Canaveral – the world’s second largest cruise port – 30 minutes from Kennedy Space Center and less than 10 minutes from the beach. Popular entertainment, including theme parks, museums, and wildlife attractions are within an hour’s drive.

Porter Escapes combines flights and accommodations at great package prices, with options to add on attractions for all ages. For more details, visit www.porterescapes.com.

Porter flights to arrive in Mont Tremblant as snow falls for winter

Children fly free all season, plus free adult ski passes on select reservations

TORONTOOct. 9, 2018 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is reintroducing its annual winter service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont Tremblant, Que. Flights operate from December 7, 2018, to April 1, 2019.

The early December start date allows visitors to attend the popular 24 Hours of Tremblant season kickoff charitable event and enjoy pre-Christmas time in the village.

The standard schedule includes four weekly flights throughout the season, with adjustments for increased frequencies during peak periods, such as Christmas, Family Day and March Break.

Mont Tremblant is a premiere winter locale that Porter has served for more than a decade. Its charm and energy is found on and off the slopes, making for a diverse destination that suits adventure seekers, romantics and foodies.

Non-stop flights from Billy Bishop Airport take approximately 70 minutes. Connecting flights are available from numerous Porter locations in Canada and the U.S.

Visit Porter’s website for detailed flight schedulesPorter Escapes offers inclusive packages for flights, accommodations and activities, on and off the slopes.

The Mont Tremblant International Airport (MTIA) is offering two special promotions this ski season. Passengers receive two free weekday ski lift tickets when they arrive on a Sunday or Monday and depart on a Thursday or Friday. Passengers travelling with children ages 2 to 12 years old are eligible for an airfare rebate on select dates, courtesy of MTIA airport. For full details of both offers, visit www.mtia.ca.

ALS Canada Brings the Eighth Annual Plane Pull to End ALS to Billy Bishop Airport

The October 20, 2018, event is an opportunity for corporate teams to pull a 37,000-lb plane 100 meters and raise funds to support a future without ALS.

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, ALS Canada is excited to announce that the eighth annual Plane Pull to End ALS will take place at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on Saturday, October 20. Hosted by comedian Justin Landry, this signature fundraising event challenges teams of 10-12 people to work together to pull a 37,000-lb Porter Airlines plane — by hand — 100 meters to raise funds for ALS Canada.

Last year’s winning team pulled the plane in just 44 seconds. This year’s fundraising goal is $90,000 and net proceeds from the event will be invested in community-based support, advocacy and research for a future without ALS.

“The Plane Pull for ALS is an incredibly unique, team-building experience and an opportunity for the corporate community to rally behind a cause that is so in need of support — ALS is a terminal disease of progressive paralysis with no cure, it steals lives within two to five years of diagnosis,” said Tammy Moore, CEO, ALS Canada. “This new partnership with Porter Airlines and PortsToronto will give our highly-motivated teams a first-class experience like no other and at the same time they will be making a difference.”

For the first time ever, the Plane Pull will offer participants a rare opportunity to experience Billy Bishop Airport as they never have before. Starting at 8:00 am Saturday morning, teams will be given their security and safety briefing as they are shuttled across the runway to the event area. Once airside, the 10-person teams will be assembled, rope in hand to pull a Porter Airlines plane as fast as they can. As they return to the terminal, the event will continue until 1:30 pm with awards, prizes, food and music with DJ Docta.

“Every plane pull needs a plane, and we’re able to contribute this, along with the support of our team members,” said Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines. “This is an ideal event for Porter to get involved with at our home airport.”

“We are thrilled to partner with ALS Canada and host the organization’s eighth annual Plane Pull to End ALS at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport,” said Geoffrey Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto. “PortsToronto is looking forward to participating in the Plane Pull and cheering on all the teams who will be pulling together to raise funds to end ALS.”

Media are invited to cover this worthy event and have the chance to be on-site at Billy Bishop Airport. Interviews are also available in advance with spokespeople Tammy Moore, CEO ALS Canada; Dr. David Taylor, VP of Research, ALS Canada; returning team captain Lolo Lam of Equitable Bank, a sponsor of the event; and host Justin Landry.

Limited media opportunities are available on-site to cover/photograph the event.

Registration for the Plane Pull is almost full and only a few spots remain for teams of 10-12 people each. Visit als.ca/planepull to sign up your team and begin fundraising. You can also support an existing team or make a one-time donation. Attendance at this exclusive event is limited only to those who have entered teams.

The Plane Pull to End ALS is sponsored by Equitable Bank, Porter Airlines and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

For more information and updates leading up to the Plane Pull, visit als.ca and find the Plane Pull on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @ALSCanada using #ALSPlanePull

 

Billy Bishop Airport Has Record-Breaking Summer Welcoming More than 817,000 Passengers from June to August

August Busiest Month on Record with 285,811 Passengers
Arriving/Departing

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2018 /CNW/ – PortsToronto, owners and operators of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, today confirmed that it experienced its busiest summer on record with 817,171 passengers arriving and departing through the airport from June to August 2018. Both Porter Airlines and Air Canada contributed to the high passenger numbers, which were a combination of leisure and business travellers.

“Whether travelling to Toronto, New York, Ottawa or Montreal for business meetings or taking off to Boston or Halifax for a fun summer getaway, more and more people are choosing our airport for its unique passenger service which includes complimentary shuttle service, comfortable lounges, shorter lines and proximity to downtown,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and PortsToronto. “This summer also marked a busy time for infrastructure development at the airport with the completion of our airfield rehabilitation project and the ongoing completion of the terminal upgrade which includes larger passenger lounges. We are proud that we were able to introduce improved facilities and infrastructure at the same time as providing a high level of service and efficiency to passengers.”

Billy Bishop Airport experienced record-breaking monthly passenger levels recording 267,094 passengers in June; 264,866 passengers in July; and 285,211 passengers in August, surpassing the previous monthly record, which was set in August 2017, by nearly 12,000. Billy Bishop Airport serviced 2.8 million passengers in 2017 and is currently the ninth busiest airport in Canada.

About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Offering service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines’ networks, Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto’s economy, generating more than $470 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year and supporting 4,740 jobs, including 2,080 directly associated with the airport operations. Billy Bishop Airport is renowned for its unique travel experience, efficiency and customer service and has recently won a series of passenger-driven awards, including being named one of the top airports in North America in both the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Service Quality Awards and Skytrax World Airport Awards. Billy Bishop Airport was also ranked as the fourth Best International Airport by Condé Nast Traveler in 2017.