Porter Airlines reveals first Embraer E195-E2 destinations, between Toronto Pearson and Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal

New routes, fare structure offer elevated economy experience for every passenger

TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2022 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is introducing the first three routes with its new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Ottawa International Airport (YOW), and Montreal‚ÄďTrudeau International Airport (YUL).

Porter is bringing its distinguished approach to service, emphasizing style, care and charm, to Western Canada. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter is bringing its distinguished approach to service, emphasizing style, care and charm, to Western Canada. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines reveals first Embraer E195-E2 destinations, between Toronto Pearson and Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines reveals first Embraer E195-E2 destinations, between Toronto Pearson and Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

For the first time in its 16-year history, Porter is bringing its distinguished approach to service, emphasizing style, care and charm, to Western Canada. Flights between Toronto Pearson and Vancouver give travellers the ability to fly across the country with an airline that prioritizes enjoyable economy air travel for every passenger.

Porter has long-standing relationships with Ottawa and Montreal, representing the first two destinations served when the airline started flying in 2006 from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Passengers can now choose to travel with Porter using two Toronto airports on these popular routes, with the start of Pearson service. Montreal and Ottawa will continue playing important roles in Porter’s network as new destinations are introduced in 2023.

Service begins in February 2023 with multiple daily, non-stop flights, increasing over time for additional flexibility.

From Toronto
Pearson to:
Flights begin:Average daily, non-stop,
round-trips:
Introductory roundtrip
fares start at:
Ottawa (YOW)Feb. 1, 20234 as of Feb 1, 2023$225
Montreal (YUL)Feb. 1, 20234 as of Feb. 7, 2023$225
Vancouver (YVR)Feb. 7, 20233 as of Mar. 21, 2023$248

Building on the distinct service it offers today in regional air travel, Porter is introducing a new economy experience with an even greater commitment to hospitality and sustainability, at highly competitive fares. This new approach to economy air travel challenges what every North American airline does today.

Porter’s existing signature in-flight experience featuring complimentary beer and wine served in glassware, along with a selection of premium snacks, will continue to be part of the journey. The introduction of the E195-E2 also brings passengers free, fast WiFi. On longer flights, Porter is adding the option of fresh meals made with real food and healthy ingredients.

A collection of six fares is available to support a broader product offering, including two new options specifically for the PorterReserve all-inclusive economy experience. These fares are currently available for purchase, with the associated in-flight amenities starting Feb. 1. This includes routes served by E195-E2 and Dash 8-400 aircraft.

Porter will offer a 132-seat, all-economy, two-by-two configuration. It is the only airline with no middle seats on every flight, including its existing De Havilland Dash 8-400 fleet. Porter’s order for up to 100 E195-E2s means additional routes will be announced regularly.

The E195-E2 is the most environmentally-friendly single-aisle aircraft, at 65% quieter and up to 25% cleaner than previous-generation technology. It has the lowest fuel consumption per seat and per trip among 120- to 150-seat aircraft, and is the quietest single-aisle jet flying today. Combined with its existing De Havilland Dash 8-400s, Porter will have one of the most environmentally sustainable aircraft fleets in the world.

Sustainability is also at the heart of the new menu design, with a priority on reducing and eventually eliminating single-use plastics onboard, providing biodegradable cups and cutlery, and eco-friendly packaging. Catering partners also feature high-quality Canadian brands that will be announced prior to the introduction of E195-E2 flights.

Flights are now available for booking at www.flyporter.com and with travel agents. Porter Escapes vacation packages will be available soon.

Quotes

“Porter’s introduction of the E195-E2 provides the ability to operate throughout North America, including the west coast, better positioning us to serve the needs of many more business and leisure passengers. This investment introduces a new level of thoughtful service, unmatched by any other airline in North America. It will change the way passengers think about flying economy. A substantial amount of work has been accomplished to mark this milestone announcement, the first of many. I want to acknowledge the dedication and entrepreneurial spirit of our team members for getting us to this point. It’s quite an achievement.”

–  Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines

“We’re pleased to welcome Porter Airlines to Toronto Pearson. As the demand for travel continues to increase, we are happy to have Porter Airlines join us to offer even more options for our passengers.”

–  Janik Reigate, Director of Strategic Customer Relationships, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

“ADM A√©roports de Montr√©al is delighted to be supporting Porter in the expansion of its Canadian air service offering at YUL by adding a route to Toronto Pearson Airport. We are also very excited about welcoming the Embraer E195-E2 for the first time this February. ADM and its airline industry partners are committed to reducing their environmental impact and the introduction of this aircraft is an important step towards
sustainability by reducing both greenhouse gas emissions and the noise footprint.”

–    St√©phane Lapierre, Vice President, Airport Operations and Air Services Development,
ADM

“As Porter’s inaugural destination in 2006, YOW is thrilled to be part of their Embraer E195-E2 introduction. With construction of Porter’s YOW-based maintenance hangar well underway, plus the resulting air service growth, this carrier’s commitment to YOW is unprecedented. Not only does Porter’s next generation jets add to their flying refined experience, YOW’s future is bright with this aircraft being an integral part of it.”

–  Mark Laroche, Ottawa International Airport Authority President and CEO

“We’re excited to welcome Porter airlines to Vancouver International Airport as it launches its new service to Toronto, offering travellers even more selection when visiting family and friends. As the Canadian travel and tourism industry continues to recover, we look forward to Porter Airlines beginning service in the new year.”

–  Mike McNaney, Vice President & Chief External Affairs Office at Vancouver Airport Authority

“Porter is an airline distinguished by its levels of service, care, and charm. Their choice of the E2 as the vehicle to launch their exciting expansion plans into Western Canada and beyond is a huge source of pride for Embraer. The economics, comfort, low emissions, and quietness of the aircraft will deliver an amazing experience for Porter and their guests.”

–  Arjan Meijer, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation

About Porter

Since 2006, Porter Airlines has been elevating the experience of economy air travel for every passenger, providing genuine hospitality with style, care and charm. Porter’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft serves a North American network from Eastern Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline¬ģ in the World Airline Star Rating¬ģ. Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Air Canada Gets an Early Jump on U.S. Summer Travel with New Routes to JFK Airport from Toronto, Montreal

  • New double-daily Toronto and daily Montreal services to JFK begin in March, cements leadership serving all three New York airports
  • New four-times weekly Toronto-Sacramento starting in June
  • Services restored on 11 U.S. routes beginning May 1, including Montreal-Nashville, Calgary-Los Angeles, Vancouver-Austin
  • Increased frequency on more than a dozen other trans-border routes for Summer 2023

MONTREAL, Dec. 8, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced three new U.S. routes, including service from Toronto and Montreal to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Toronto to Sacramento as part of its trans-border summer schedule. For summer 2023, Air Canada will also restore 11 suspended trans-border services and increase frequencies on 12 popular routes to the U.S. in rebuilding its global network following the pandemic.

New double-daily Toronto and daily Montreal services to JFK begin in March, cements leadership serving all three New York airports. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
New double-daily Toronto and daily Montreal services to JFK begin in March, cements leadership serving all three New York airports. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“Air Canada is very pleased to offer customers the most choice of any carrier flying to the U.S. for Summer 2023, where we will operate more than 400 daily flights on 95 routes to 47 destinations. We are getting an early start with new routes to JFK from both Toronto and Montreal beginning March 26, and Toronto-Sacramento in June. As well, we will restore previously suspended routes and increase frequencies on existing routes as we rebuild our transborder schedule,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“Our U.S. summer schedule, which will complement our recently announced Canadian and international summer schedules, is designed to maximize connectivity within our network and offer the most seats on the most flights to the most destinations. Strengthened by our Transborder Joint Business Agreement with United Airlines, our schedule will also be attractive for sixth freedom global travellers flying internationally and strengthen our hub airports with more connection traffic.”

New U.S. Services

Air Canada is further cementing its leadership as the largest international carrier serving the New York market, offering more than 3,500 seats on 39 daily flights from six Canadian cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax) into New York City’s three major airports (JFK, Newark, LaGuardia).

New services to New York’s JFK will begin March 26, with double daily service from Toronto and daily service from Montreal. Flights will be operated by Air Canada Jazz using an Embraer E175 aircraft with 76 seats in a Business and Economy Class configuration.

FlightDepartsArrivesFrequency
AC8899New York JFK 12:45Montreal 14:20Daily
AC8898Montreal 18:25New York JFK 20:00Daily
AC8553New York JFK 10:00Toronto 11:45Daily
AC8554Toronto 11:00New York JFK 12:36Daily
AC8555New York JFK 13:25Toronto 15:10Daily
AC8556Toronto 20:30New York JFK 22:06Daily

New service between Toronto and Sacramento will begin June 1, 2023. Flights will be operated year-round, four-days-a-week, by Air Canada using an Airbus A220-300 aircraft with 137 seats in a Business Class and Economy Class configuration.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC759Toronto 18:30Sacramento 20:55Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
AC758Sacramento 09:25Toronto 17:15Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

In addition to the new Toronto-Sacramento service beginning in June, Air Canada’s Halifax-Newark daily service starting December 16, 2022, its Montreal-Tampa three-times-weekly service, its Vancouver-Miami three-times-weekly service starting December 17, 2022, and its new Vancouver-Houston daily service starting December 16, 2022 will continue in the summer as year-round operations.

Transborder Flight Resumptions

RouteStart DateFrequency
Vancouver-AustinMay 1, 2023Three times weekly
Montreal-NashvilleMay 1, 2023Three times weekly
Calgary-Los AngelesMay 1, 2023Daily
Toronto-MilwaukeeMay 1, 2023Daily
Montreal-PhiladelphiaMay 1, 2023Two times daily
Montreal-PittsburghMay 1, 2023Daily
Vancouver-AnchorageMay 1, 2023Daily
Montreal-SeattleMay 15, 2023Daily
Toronto-HartfordJune 1, 2023Two times daily
Toronto-Salt Lake CityJune 1, 2023Three times weekly
Toronto-Kansas CityJune 17, 2023Daily
Toronto-PortlandJune 17, 2023Daily
Vancouver-BostonJune 17, 2023Daily

Frequency Increases (transborder to the U.S)

RouteFrequency (Summer 2023 versus Summer 2022)
Vancouver-SeattleIncreases to six times daily from five daily
Vancouver-San FranciscoIncreases to five times daily from four daily
Toronto-San FranciscoIncreases to five times daily from three daily
Vancouver-San DiegoIncreases to three times daily from twice daily
Vancouver-NewarkIncreases to two times daily from once daily
Toronto-San DiegoIncreases to two times daily from once daily
Toronto-SeattleIncreases to two times daily from once daily
Toronto-MinneapolisIncreases to four times daily from three daily
Toronto-PhiladelphiaIncreases to four times daily from three daily
Toronto-PittsburghIncreases to four times daily from three daily
Toronto-Washington (Reagan)Increases to four times daily from twice daily
Toronto-IndianapolisIncreases to three times daily from twice daily
Toronto-BaltimoreIncreases to three times daily from twice daily
Montreal-San DiegoIncreases to daily from three times weekly

All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, where available, for eligible customers and Aeroplan members, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

On October 13, 2022, Air Canada released its international summer schedule, including new European services, and on December 6, 2022, Air Canada released its Canadian domestic summer schedule, including a new Montreal-Fort McMurray service and restored routes and increased frequencies.

Travelling internationally?  

Visit Air Canada’s Travel Ready Hub for the latest government entry requirements. Customers are responsible for ensuring they meet all government entry requirements, including holding the correct travel documents, visas, any required health certificates, and all other eligibility requirements for any flights they purchase. Government requirements may change with little notice.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 88 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

YUL Montreal-Trudeau International Airport: Holiday Travel Tips

MONTR√ČAL, Dec. 6, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Faced with a very strong recovery in air travel, ADM A√©roports de Montr√©al and its partners in the airport community are preparing for what promises to be a very busy holiday season at YUL Montr√©al-Trudeau International Airport. Indeed, the Montr√©al airport authority expects to welcome passenger traffic comparable to that of 2019.

This large number of passengers, combined with a labour shortage that has not been completely resolved in recent months, could result in longer than usual wait times, especially during peak periods. ADM would like to remind travellers of a few good practices to adopt in order to help them prepare for their trip to YUL.

Before leaving

Getting ready

  • Check the status and schedule of your flight before you go to the airport by visiting the ADM website or by contacting your airline.
  • Check the current occupancy of our available parking lots and reserve your parking to ensure a spot during your trip.
  • Plan your movements and take the time to check conditions and traffic on the road network by consulting Quebec 511 before heading to the airport.
  • Review the various public transport options available in your area to get to the airport.
  • Carefully pack your carry-on baggage for the security checkpoint to facilitate the process. Place wrapped gifts in checked baggage (hold baggage). If this is not possible, we remind you that gifts placed in carry-on baggage (cabin baggage) must not be wrapped.
  • Check with your airline to determine the size of your carry-on baggage and the maximum weight of your checked baggage.

Arrive early

  • Show up at the airport 3 hours before your flight departure, regardless of your destination, to complete the pre-boarding airport process.
  • Go through security checkpoints as soon as you have completed your check-in. You will then be able to explore and enjoy the retail offering available at YUL and all the activities organized for families in the restricted area. Santa Claus and friendly dogs from the Pet Squad will be on hand to entertain passengers, hand out surprises and take photos with the little travellers!
  • To take advantage of expedited access to airport processes, make use of the two new free services offered at YUL:
    • Mobile Passport Control (flights to the U.S.), an application that allows you to submit your passport information and customs declaration in advance. This saves you time and gives you access to a priority line at the airport.
    • YUL Express (international and domestic flights)an online booking platform that provides a schedule for security checkpoints. This service will be available as a pilot project starting on December 12 and therefore has limited capacity.

Returning home

  • Simplify your arrival in Canada by completing your customs and immigration declaration for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) 72 hours prior to your arrival in Canada using ArriveCAN. The use of this application reduces the processing time for travellers in the border control area.
  • To avoid waiting, you can pay for your parking online on your mobile device, 15 minutes before you leave the airport. Simply scan the QR code on your parking ticket and follow the instructions.

Picking up passengers

  • Make sure that the passenger you are picking up has arrived before heading to the arrivals level pick-up area, which is very busy during the holiday season. If they haven’t arrived yet, use the CellParc holding lot. You can stay there for up to 2 hours for free.
  • To facilitate the location of passengers, the pick-up area is divided into 5 loading areas: A, B, C, D and E. Be attentive and arrange a precise meeting point.

If you have any further questions about your trip, please visit the “Questions and Answers” section of the ADM website. Once you arrive at the airport, don’t hesitate to approach one of the red-jacketed ambassadors to help you navigate the terminal. Finally, a representative from the YULSatisfaction team will be able to assist you in real time online through our YULChat service.

About Aéroports de Montréal

ADM A√©roports de Montr√©al is the airport authority for the Greater Montr√©al area responsible for the management, operation and development of YUL Montr√©al-Trudeau International Airport, which is certified 4 stars under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating program, and of YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel.

Air Canada Readies for Summer 2023 in Canada with New and Restored Services, and Increased Frequencies

  • New, non-stop service between Montreal and Fort McMurray
  • Increased frequencies on Toronto-Kelowna, Winnipeg-Toronto, Montreal-
    Vancouver
  • Air Canada will offer over 600 daily flights on 97 routes to 51 destinations
    in Canada this summer, the most of any carrier

MONTREAL, Dec. 6, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced a new service between Montreal and Fort McMurray that will launch next June as part of the carrier’s Canadian summer schedule. For summer 2023, Air Canada is also restoring suspended services and increasing frequencies on popular routes across Canada, as the company augments its Canadian network following the pandemic.

Air Canada will offer over 600 daily flights on 97 routes to 51 destinations in Canada this summer, the most of any carrier. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“As the country’s flag carrier, Air Canada’s increased Canadian summer schedule further reinforces our role in providing critical connectivity to Canadians coast-to-coast. Our new Montreal-Fort McMurray service brings easier access from eastern Canada to one of the critical economic hubs of Alberta. And with the prudent restoration of suspended routes and increased frequencies on others, we are improving our customers’ options for domestic travel. We are looking forward to an exceptional summer, with service on 97 domestic routes to 51 Canadian airports, making us the largest Canadian carrier, with the most seats and capacity available for travellers,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“Furthermore, we’ve built our Canadian summer schedule to synchronize with our recently announced summer international schedule, facilitating connectivity through our hubs for our customers, whether they’re traveling within Canada, across the border to the US, or to our many destinations worldwide. “

New service between Montreal and Fort McMurray will begin June 20, 2023. Flights will be operated year-round, three days a week, by Air Canada Rouge using an Airbus A319 aircraft with 136 seats in a Premium Rouge and Economy Class configuration. With its new Montreal and existing Toronto service, Air Canada will be the only carrier connecting Fort McMurray non-stop to Quebec and Ontario.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC1943Montreal 08:15Fort McMurray 10:38Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
AC1942Fort McMurray 12:05Montreal 17:52Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Air Canada also announced today the resumption of several seasonal routes and one previously suspended route. This includes daily Gander-Toronto flights beginning June 1, London, Ontario-Montreal flights beginning June 17, four-times weekly Fort McMurray-Toronto flights resuming May 1, and three-times weekly Calgary-Quebec City flights starting June 19. In addition, Air Canada is planning daily widebody service on its Ottawa-Vancouver route while also offering multiple options to popular leisure destinations, such as Kelowna and Victoria through its three main hubs.

Frequency Increases

RouteFrequency (Summer 2023 versus Summer 2022)
Edmonton-MontrealIncreases to four times daily from twice daily
Vancouver-MontrealIncreases to six times daily from five daily
Calgary-TorontoIncreases to 13 times daily from 11 daily
Kelowna-VancouverIncreases to eight times daily from seven daily
Winnipeg-TorontoIncreases to seven times daily from five daily
Saint John-TorontoIncreases to three times daily from once daily
Kelowna-TorontoIncreases to two times daily from once daily
Quebec City-VancouverIncreases to five times from three times weekly

Aeroplan members can earn and redeem points on all Air Canada flights; and, where available, for eligible customers and Aeroplan members, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

On October 13, 2022, Air Canada released its international summer schedule, including new European services.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 88 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.

Porter Airlines challenging North American aviation with new flying experience that elevates economy travel

Free WiFi, fresh meals, enhanced legroom and new all-inclusive economy experience among features added to existing signature onboard service

TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2022 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is unveiling an exceptional new economy air travel experience that challenges what every North American airline offers. Building on its distinct, longstanding regional service, Porter will elevate economy flying for everyone in its greatly expanding network.

Coinciding with the airline’s strategy to grow in markets throughout North America using new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, as well as its existing De Havilland Dash 8-400 fleet, travellers will enjoy a new level of generosity and thoughtful service that is non-existent in economy air travel today.

Free WiFi, fresh meals, enhanced legroom and new all-inclusive economy experience among features added to existing signature onboard service (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Free WiFi, fresh meals, enhanced legroom and new all-inclusive economy experience among features added to existing signature onboard service (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Hospitality and comfort

Porter’s existing signature in-flight service, featuring complimentary beer and wine served in glassware, along with a selection of premium snacks, will continue as part of the journey. The introduction of the E195-E2 also brings all passengers free, fast WiFi, with full access to web surfing or streaming favourite entertainment platforms. On longer flights, the option of fresh meals made with real food and healthy ingredients is also available.

Porter’s current two-by-two cabin seating is also coming to longer-haul jet travel. This ensures that every passenger enjoys more personal space, thanks to being the only airline with no middle seats on every flight.

“Porter is meaningfully investing in making economy air travel enjoyable for every passenger in ways that no one else is,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “Other airlines have been focused on taking away perks and comforts for decades, but we believe that people should actually enjoy flying as economy passengers. It is possible, as we know from having already redefined regional travel over 16 years ago. Now we’re ready to do it for a broader North American market in a way that no traditional or low cost carrier is willing to. It’s an enhanced experience that builds on our reputation for providing an elevated level of service to every passenger at reasonable prices in a single class of service.”

The E195-E2 is the most environmentally-friendly single-aisle aircraft, at 65% quieter and up to 25% cleaner than previous-generation technology. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
The E195-E2 is the most environmentally-friendly single-aisle aircraft, at 65% quieter and up to 25% cleaner than previous-generation technology. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Porter’s new E195-E2 aircraft will have a 132-seat, all-economy configuration, offering a number of legroom options. This complements its current fleet of 78-seat Dash 8-400 aircraft that will now offer passengers two legroom options.

PorterReserve

Porter is introducing a new, all-inclusive economy experience called PorterReserve, that is unlike anything offered today in North America. When passengers purchase a PorterReserve fare, they receive all of the perks economy travellers may want for one reasonable price that is significantly lower than business class. The fare includes dedicated airport check-in, early boarding, enhanced legroom, fresh meals on longer flights, Porter’s signature beer, wine and premium snacks, cocktails, two checked bags and the ability to change flights without a fee.

PorterReserve will be available on every Porter flight. When flying on the E195-E2, this includes the first four rows of the cabin (16 seats) and offers 36 inches of seat pitch, which is similar to business class legroom on other narrowbody aircraft. On Porter’s Dash 8-400 fleet, PorterReserve will be in the first two rows (six seats) with 32 inches of seat pitch.

PorterClassic

Porter’s traditional economy experience is now referred to as PorterClassic. This is the classic Porter service that includes free beer and wine in glassware, and a selection of premium snacks. On flights over 2.5 hours, passengers may also purchase the same high-quality individual fresh entr√©es and cocktails available in PorterReserve. There is also the option to select additional perks, such as extra legroom, extra baggage and travel flexibility.

Passengers travelling with a PorterClassic fare will have 30 inches of seat pitch on every Porter aircraft. On the E195-E2, they may also purchase one of 20 PorterStretch seats, offering a minimum of 34 inches of seat pitch.

The PorterReserve and PorterClassic experiences, one all-inclusive and the other √† la carte, respond to what’s well known about economy travel today – that airlines make many travellers feel undervalued, disrespected and stressed about flying. Porter conducted significant market research across Canada to fully understand what economy passengers want and has created an experience for them that transforms expectations.

“Other airlines save their best service for a small number of passengers who can afford expensive premium fares or have special status, and the quality onboard is often still inferior,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “The vast majority of people travel in economy and must tolerate an eroded experience with few, if any, amenities or services. Porter’s approach disrupts this model by showing that it is possible to respect the needs of economy travellers and make them feel valued by providing a quality, generous experience at competitive prices. We will do this unlike any other North American airline, with style, care and charm.”

New fares
Porter will soon expand its fare options to support its broader product offering. Its four existing fare options will be aligned with PorterClassic and two new fares are being introduced with the PorterReserve experience. Fare details will be available at the same time as the first E195-E2 routes are announced.

New destinations

Porter is the North American launch customer for Embraer’s E195-E2, providing the ability to operate throughout North America, including to the west coast, southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. The aircraft will initially be deployed from Toronto Pearson International Airport, with Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa also seeing new service with the E195-E2 over time. The first of up to 100 new aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to Porter this year and initial routes will be announced in December.

Porter’s existing Dash 8-400 regional fleet will continue operating to more than 20 destinations, with a main base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Sustainability

The E195-E2 is the most environmentally-friendly single-aisle aircraft, at 65% quieter and up to 25% cleaner than previous-generation technology. It has the lowest fuel consumption per seat and per trip among 120- to 150-seat aircraft, and is the quietest single-aisle jet flying today. Combined with its existing De Havilland Dash 8-400s, Porter will have one of the most environmentally sustainable aircraft fleets in the world.

Sustainability is at the heart of the new onboard catering menu design, with a priority on reducing and eventually eliminating single-use plastics onboard, providing biodegradable cups and cutlery, and eco-friendly packaging. Catering partners also feature high-quality Canadian brands that will be announced prior to the introduction of E195-E2 flights.

The complete catering menu is available on flights operating for 2.5 hours or longer. Shorter flights have a full offering of complimentary snacks and beverages.

About Porter

Since 2006, Porter Airlines has been elevating the experience of economy air travel for every passenger, providing genuine hospitality with style, care and charm. Porter’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft serves a North American network from Eastern Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline¬ģ in the World Airline Star Rating¬ģ. Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Air Transat announces its summer 2023 program

  • 275 flights weekly to more than 40 destinations
  • Increased flight frequency through fleet optimization

MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2022 /CNW/ – Air Transat announces its summer 2023 program today, which will feature 275 flights a week to more than 40 destinations at the height of the season. The airline will strengthen its position in Europe, increase the number of connections to the South and the United States as well as enhance its domestic service. The airline will also service over 265 additional destinations through partnerships with other carriers, mainly with its expanding network of codeshare agreements and its exclusive platform connectair by Air Transat.

“This flight program is perfectly in line with our mission, which is to encourage discovery and foster openness, whatever the destination or the reason for traveling,” said Mich√®le Barre, Vice-President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing, Air Transat. “From an operational standpoint, the more efficient use of our aircraft allows us to increase the frequency of flights and regain a capacity similar to what we had prior to the pandemic.”

Europe… over and over

At the height of the season, the airline will offer 88 direct flights weekly to 19 European destinations from Montreal. Out of Toronto, 73 direct flights a week are scheduled to 15 cities in Europe. Finally, from Quebec City, three weekly direct flights are scheduled to Paris and one to London.

Number of weekly direct flights to Europe*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands34
ATHENS, Greece44
B√āLE-MULHOUSE, Switzerland2
BARCELONA, Spain43
BORDEAUX, France5
BRUSSELS, Belgium3
DUBLIN, Ireland6
FARO, Portugal1
GLASGOW, United Kingdom7
LAMEZIA, Italy1
LISBON, Portugal55
LONDON, United Kingdom7114
LYON, France5
MADRID, Spain4
MALAGA, Spain2
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom6
MARSEILLE, France6
NANTES, France4
NICE, France3
PARIS, France1437
PORTO, Portugal34
ROME, Italy77
TOULOUSE, France5
VENICE, Italy21
ZAGREB, Croatia3
*At the height of the season

United States: Florida and California increasingly accessible

From Montreal, Air Transat will offer a total of 16 direct flights each week to the United States, including four to Fort Lauderdale, three to Orlando, and three each to Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, out of Toronto, seven direct flights will depart every week, including four to Fort Lauderdale and three to Orlando. From Quebec City, the company will again offer one direct weekly flight to Fort Lauderdale.

Number of weekly flights to the United States*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida414
LOS ANGELES, California3
MIAMI, Florida3
ORLANDO, Florida33
SAN FRANCISCO, California3
* At the height of the season

South: greater frequency

In keeping with the desires of Canadian seekers of sand, sun and sea, Air Transat will once again offer a selection of its most popular destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean departing from Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto.

Number of weekly flights to the South*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
CANCUN, Mexico717
CAYO COCO, Cuba31
HOLGUIN, Cuba22
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica11
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti1
PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic22
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico22
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic717
SAMANA, Dominican Republic21
SANTA CLARA, Cuba11
VARADERO, Cuba32
* At the height of the season

Domestic flights still popular

Encouraged by consumer response to travel within Canada, Air Transat will continue to offer numerous domestic flights out of Montreal and Toronto next summer.

Number of weekly domestic flights*

City-pairNumberof flights
MONTREAL‚ÄďCALGARY7
MONTREAL‚ÄďQUEBEC CITY3
MONTREAL‚ÄďTORONTO10
MONTREAL‚ÄďVANCOUVER7
* At the height of the season

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted North America’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international, transborder and Canadian destinations. 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. (TSX: TRZ). To find out more, visit airtransat.com.

ADM Announces its Financial Results at September 30, 2022

MONTREAL, Nov. 1, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM A√©roports de Montr√©al today announced its consolidated operating results for the period ending September 30, 2022. These results are accompanied by passenger traffic data for YUL, Montr√©al-Trudeau International Airport.

Highlights

  • Passenger traffic at YUL totalled 5.4 million in the third quarter of 2022, up 173.0% compared with 2021, or 89.4% of the traffic in the corresponding period of 2019. Growth was sustained throughout the quarter, reaching 90.9% of 2019 traffic levels in September. Of particular note is the marked recovery in the transborder and international sectors, which reached 92.5% and 93.1% of 2019 traffic levels, respectively, in the third quarter. For the first nine months of 2022, passenger traffic stood at 11.6 million, up 302.6% from 2021.
  • EBITDA (the excess of revenues over expenses before financial expenses, income taxes, depreciation and impairment and share of results of a joint venture, see “Non-GAAP measures” section for more information) was $108.1 million for the quarter under review, an increase of $76.8 million over EBITDA of $31.3 million for the same period in 2021.
    For the year-to-date period ended September 30, 2022, EBITDA was $225.0 million, an increase of $205.2 million over EBITDA of $19.8 million for the first nine months of 2021.
  • Capital investments were $31.3 million in the third quarter of 2022 compared with $13.9 million in the corresponding period of 2021, an increase of $17.4 million, or 126.1%. Capital investments for the period ended September 30, 2022, amounted to $103.7 million ($44.2 million in 2021), an increase of $59.5 million, or 134.8%. For the first nine months of 2022, grants from the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP) totalled $41.3 million.

Quote

“The first nine months of the year show results in full growth mode and increasingly close to 2019 indicators thanks to a very strong recovery in aviation activities during the summer. With 5.4 million passengers in the last quarter, YUL Montreal-Trudeau International Airport has fully resumed its role as a major international air traffic hub. Our organization is even more proud to have obtained the renewal of its 4-Star  certification under Skytrax’s World Airport Star Rating program, which places it among the world’s leading airports. Our industry has faced many challenges over the past few months, and I would like to once again thank the employees of the airport community for their efforts during this difficult period and since the beginning of the year,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of ADM.

Financial results

Consolidated revenues were $199.7 million for the third quarter of 2022, an increase of $115.3 million, or 136.7%, from the same period in 2021. For the first nine months of 2022, revenues were $460.6 million, an increase of $292.9 million, or 174.7%, compared with the same period in 2021. These positive results are the result of the significant recovery in passenger traffic that began at the end of the first quarter of 2022 and continued through the summer season.

Operating expenses for the quarter under review were $56.6 million, an increase of $20.1 million, or 55.0%, over the same quarter in 2021. For the period ended September 30, 2022, operating expenses increased by $47.1 million, or 44.7%, from $105.4 million to $152.5 million. This variance in operating expenses is primarily related to the increase in operational expenses for passenger services due to the sustained recovery of activities since the spring of 2022, and to the decrease in salary subsidies. ADM met the eligibility criteria of the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program until March 2022, while it qualified for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program for the entire year 2021.

Transfers to governments (payments in lieu of taxes to municipalities (“PILT”) and rent to Transport Canada) were $35.0 million for the quarter under review, an increase of $18.4 million compared to the previous year, and represent 17.5% of ADM’s revenues (19.6% in 2021). For the first nine months of 2022, these transfers amounted to $83.1 million, an increase of $40.6 million compared to the same period in 2021 and represented 18.0% of ADM’s total revenues (25.3% in 2021).

Depreciation and impairment of property and equipment and right-of-use assets were $40.4 million for the third quarter of 2022, up $0.4 million, or 1.0%, from the same period in 2021. As of September 30, 2022, these expenses were $118.4 million, a decrease of $3.3 million, or 2.7%, from the same period in 2021.

Net financial expense totalled $29.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022, down by $3.5 million, or 10.3%, compared with the same period in 2021. Cumulative net financial expenses as at September 30, 2022 totalled $93.2 million compared with $98.7 million for 2021, down by $5.5 million, or 5.6%. This variance is primarily due to the increase in interest income on surplus cash.

For the three months ended September 30, 2022, the excess of revenues over expenses was $37.9 million compared to a deficiency of revenues over expenses of $41.9 million for the same period in 2021, an increase of $79.8 million. As at September 30, 2022, the excess of revenues over expenses was $13.6 million compared to a deficiency of $199.9 million for the same period in 2021.

Financial situation

ADM’s net debt at September 30, 2022 is $2.32 billion compared to $2.45 billion as at December 31, 2021; see the “Non-GAAP Measures” section for more information.

For the years 2021 and 2022, ADM has obtained the consent of the bondholders to amend the Master Trust Indenture, thereby allowing ADM to be temporarily released from its obligations to comply with or satisfy the requirements of certain covenants therein. This waiver was requested due to the uncertainty surrounding the duration of the significant decline in passenger traffic and air movements resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Non-GAAP Measures

ADM sometimes presents financial measures that do not have a meaning prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), referred to as non-GAAP measures. They are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

EBITDA
EBITDA is defined by ADM as the excess of revenues over expenses before financial expenses, income taxes, depreciation and impairment and share in the results of a joint venture. It is used by management as an indicator to evaluate operational performance. EBITDA is meant to provide additional information and is not intended to replace other performance measures prepared under IFRS.

Net debt
Net debt is defined as the difference between the gross balance due on long-term debt, including lease liabilities, and the amount available in cash and cash equivalents as well as the debt service reserve fund.

Key financial measures

 Third Quarter Cumulative to September 30
(in millions of dollars)20222021Variance
(%)
20222021Variance
(%)
Revenues199.784.4136.7460.6167.7174.7
Operating costs56.636.555.0152.5105.444.7
PILT13.08.847.133.927.921.3
Transport Canada rent22.07.8184.149.214.6238.1
Depreciation of property and equipment
and right-of-use assets
40.440.01.0118.4121.7(2.7)
Financial expenses (net)29.933.4(10.3)93.298.7(5.6)
Total expenses161.9126.528.0447.2368.321.4
Excess (deficiency) of revenues over
expenses before share in the results of a
joint venture and income taxes
37.8(42.1)189.813.4(200.6)106.7
Share in the results of a joint venture, net
of taxes
0.20.2(32.3)0.60.8(26.6)
Income taxes(0.1)500.0(0.4)(0.1)271.0
Excess (deficiency) of revenues over
expenses
37.9(41.9)190.413.6(199.9)106.8
EBITDA108.131.3245.5225.019.81,035.4
(in billions of dollars)September 30, 2022December 31,
2021
Variance (%)
Net debt2.322.45(5.5)

Capital investments

The investments at YUL and YMX in 2022 were funded from operations.

 Third Quarter Cumulative to September 30
(in millions of dollars)20222021Variance (%)20222021Variance (%)
 Airport Program
 Work completed16.78.694.961.231.594.8
 ACIP subsidy(15.3)100.0(15.3)100.0
Sub-total airport program1.48.6(83.2)45.931.546.3
 REM Station
 Work completed14.65.3176.542.512.7233.6
 ACIP subsidy(9.8)100.0(26.0)100.0
Subtotal REM Station4.85.3(9.4)16.512.729.2
Total capital investments6.213.9(55.0)62.444.241.3
The % variance in the above tables are calculated with results in thousands.

Passenger traffic

For the third quarter of 2022, traffic at YUL totalled 5.4 million passengers, an increase of 173.0% over the same period in 2021. All three sectors saw an increase in traffic compared to the third quarter of 2021: 272.1% for the international sector, 286.6% for the transborder (US) sector and 74.1% for the domestic sector.

For the quarter under review, passenger traffic at YUL reached 89.4% of the 2019 traffic level: 93.1% international, 92.5% transborder and 82.8% domestic.

Passenger traffic in the first nine months of 2022 represented 74.0% of traffic in the corresponding period of 2019: 76.8% international, 71.3% transborder and 72.1% domestic.

Total passenger traffic *

Aéroports de Montréal
(in thousands)20222021Variance
2022 vs 2021
20192022 as %
of 2019
January606.3215.5+181.4 %1,532.239.6 %
February623.2111.0+461.6 %1,432.643.5 %
March1,012.4109.6+823.6 %1,712.659.1 %
April1,130.5119.0+850.4 %1,567.972.1 %
May1,272.0136.0+835.3 %1,603.279.3 %
June1,590.8220.4+621.8 %1,839.286.5 %
July1,885.1525.4+258.8 %2,098.089.9 %
August1,879.2768.8+144.4 %2,146.887.5 %
September1,638.5685.1+139.1 %1,801.990.9 %
Total11,638.02,890.8+302.6 %15,734.574.0 %
Note: Total passenger traffic includes revenue and non-revenue passengers and are calculated with results in thousands.
Source: Aéroports de Montréal

Sustainability at ADM

During this quarter, ADM implemented the following initiatives to continue its commitment to sustainability:

  • The launch of a consultation with 13 stakeholder groups as part of a sustainability initiative. The responses will help validate whether the sustainability challenges identified during the consultation conducted in 2019 should still be those prioritized by ADM and thus guide the revision of its action plans.
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  • A four-month pilot project at YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel using biodiesel in grounds maintenance equipment, resulting in a reduction of 8.7 tonnes of GHG emissions, the equivalent of two round-trip passenger flights between Montr√©al and Toronto.
  • The adoption of a directive to YUL Montr√©al-Trudeau International Airport’s concessions and VIP lounge operators to eliminate single-use plastic, such as utensils, food containers, cups and bags. This directive is in line with ADM’s sustainability objectives of achieving a recovery rate of 70% by 2025 and zero waste by 2030.

To learn more about ADM’s actions, visit its Sustainability Indicators platform or consult its 2021 Annual Report, which presents its first-ever Sustainability Report based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards.

About Aéroports de Montréal

ADM A√©roports de Montr√©al is the airport authority for the Greater Montr√©al area responsible for the management, operation and development of YUL Montr√©al-Trudeau International Airport, certified 4-stars under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating program, and YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel.

YUL Renews its 4-Star Certification under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating Program

MONTR√ČAL, Oct. 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM A√©roports de Montr√©al is proud to announce that YUL Montr√©al-Trudeau International Airport has successfully renewed its prestigious 4-Star Skytrax World Airport Star Rating. This rating, considered a benchmark in the global airport industry, stems from an audit conducted last September.

“Despite two pandemic years and a strong recovery that has created many challenges for our industry, ADM is more determined than ever to provide a smooth and memorable experience at YUL, our major international air traffic hub,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of ADM. “We are proud to maintain our certification and would like to thank all of the employees at the airport and in the airport community for their efforts each and every day. We will continue to work diligently to maintain this standard of excellence and, who knows, eventually get closer to our ambition of obtaining a fifth star within a few years.”

YUL earned its fourth star in April 2019 following major investments to modernize its infrastructure.

In the 30 months following this first certification, numerous initiatives have been implemented to enhance the passenger experience and improve the fluidity of processes, starting with the delivery of the connection centre in December 2019. YUL also has a new chat service and a team of red-jacketed ambassadors ready to greet and answer the many questions onsite. Visual dressing was enhanced both inside and outside the terminal to help passengers find services and the greening of the facilities continued. Finally, furniture was upgraded throughout the three jetties and the terminal building to ensure passenger comfort, and a new children’s play area was added in the domestic area.

Created in 2000, the World Airport Star Rating is recognized in the industry as a global benchmark for airport standards. Ratings range from 1 Star to the most prestigious 5-Star rating. Skytrax specializes in ranking international airline organizations and advises airlines and airports around the world on ways to improve the quality of their service delivery and facility management.

About Aéroports de Montréal
ADM A√©roports de Montr√©al is the airport authority for the Greater Montr√©al area responsible for the management, operation and development of YUL Montr√©al-Trudeau International Airport, certified 4-stars under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating program, and YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel.