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.

Copyright © 2021 Viasat, Inc. All rights reserved. Viasat, the Viasat logo and the Viasat signal are registered trademarks of Viasat, Inc. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Porter finalizes sale and leaseback of up to 19 Embraer E195 E2 aircraft

TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2021 /CNW/ – Porter Aircraft Leasing Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. (Porter), has entered into agreements for sale and leaseback financing of up to 19 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. Three aircraft lessors are participating independently in the transaction, with placement details as follows:

  • Five aircraft with Azorra Aviation Holdings, LLC (Azorra)
  • Five aircraft with Falko Regional Aircraft Ltd. (Falko)
  • Four aircraft with Elevate Capital Partners LLC (Elevate)
Porter Airlines finalizes sale and leaseback of up to 19 Embraer E195 E2 aircraft (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines finalizes sale and leaseback of up to 19 Embraer E195 E2 aircraft (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Porter also has options for an additional five Embraer E195-E2 aircraft with Azorra.

The 19 aircraft will be delivered as new to Porter in 2022 and 2023, as part of a previously-announced confirmed order for 30 E195-E2s, plus 50 purchase rights.

“Finalizing leasing agreements with three high-quality partners in Azorra, Falko and Elevate demonstrates confidence in Porter’s plan to grow its network throughout North America using the exceptional E2 aircraft,” said Jeffrey Brown, executive vice president and CFO, Porter. “We are establishing foundational relationships with these experienced lessors and look forward to working together over the long term.”

As the North American E2 launch customer, Porter intends to operate the E2s to popular destinations from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport. The introduction of specific routes will be determined in advance of aircraft deliveries.

Seabury Securities LLC acted as advisor and placement agent to Porter for these transactions, with Parr Brown Gee & Loveless acting as Porter’s lead legal counsel.

About Porter
Porter Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porter Aviation Holdings Inc., provides a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter Airlines 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.

Porter Airlines restarts service to Mont-Tremblant in time for winter attractions

TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2021 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is reintroducing its seasonal service to Mont-Tremblant, Que., in time for the holidays. Seasonal service begins Dec. 17, running until March 28, 2022.

“We’re ready to return to our first seasonal destination since restarting operations in September,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “Mont-Tremblant was among Porter’s first destinations when the airline was founded, and our passengers enjoy the variety of winter activities it has to offer.”

Porter Airlines is reintroducing its seasonal service to Mont-Tremblant, Que., in time for the holidays. Seasonal service begins Dec. 17, running until March 28, 2022. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines is reintroducing its seasonal service to Mont-Tremblant, Que., in time for the holidays. Seasonal service begins Dec. 17, running until March 28, 2022. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines is reintroducing its seasonal service to Mont-Tremblant, Que., in time for the holidays. Seasonal service begins Dec. 17, running until March 28, 2022. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

In as little as 70 minutes, passengers can fly from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Mont-Tremblant International Airport. Connecting flights are also available from various Porter locations. The winter schedule includes up to four weekly flights. Complete flight schedule and booking details can be found at www.flyporter.com.

Flight, hotel, and ski packages are available with Porter Escapes. Visit the Porter Escapes website for more information.

Following the Government of Canada’s vaccination mandate for air passengers, all passengers over the age of 12 years and four months departing from a Canadian airport must provide proof of vaccination before boarding, effective Nov. 30. More details on travel requirements can be found on our website.

Passengers have the option to 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.

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.

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.

Porter Airlines turns 15

TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2021 /CNW/ – Tomorrow, October 23, marks 15 years since Porter Airlines first introduced its refined flying experience to all travellers.

Headquartered at Billy Bishop Airport in downtown Toronto, Porter emphasizes speed, convenience and service, including complimentary wine and beer served in glassware for all passengers. Porter has elevated the flying experience, appealing to business and leisure flyers alike, while providing competitive and affordable travel options.

October 23 marks 15 years since Porter Airlines first introduced its refined flying experience to all travellers. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
October 23 marks 15 years since Porter Airlines first introduced its refined flying experience to all travellers. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

In 2020, Porter temporarily suspended operations due to COVID-19 and resumed flights on September 8, 2021. Now flying to all of its year-round destinations, Porter is focused on restoring the airline’s high-frequency service as the industry continues to recover. Today, approximately 88% of team members have been recalled to work.

“The pandemic reminds us of Porter’s entrepreneurial beginnings 15 years ago and the challenges associated with building a brand from scratch,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “The difference today is that we have a loyal customer base and an experienced team. It will take time to get back to where we were two years ago, but we’re ready to do this work. I want to recognize our entire team for persevering through the most difficult of circumstances, while contributing to a culture that values respect, passion and innovation. This is the strong foundation we will build on as Porter comes back better than ever.”

In July, Porter announced it is extending its award-winning service to destinations throughout North America with the introduction of up to 80 state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient Embraer E195-E2 aircraft into its fleet. The planes have transcontinental range and will enter into service starting in the second half of 2022, focusing on introducing routes from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport. This investment enhances competition, elevates passenger service levels and creates as many as 6,000 new jobs based on 80 aircraft deliveries.

Porter will also continue serving a network of regional markets from its existing hub at Billy Bishop Airport.

More information on Porter and its growth plan is available at www.flyporter.com.

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.

Porter Airlines and Beau’s Brewing Co. launch co-branded beer

TORONTO, Oct. 12, 2021 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines and Beau’s Brewing Co. are launching a new co-branded porter-style beer, the Porter Porter. It is a dark beer with notes of espresso, chocolate and vanilla. A malty dark ale, it has a complex and flavourful character with a slightly dry finish.

The new product will be offered to all passengers as part of the complimentary onboard service, starting Oct. 12. The 473 ml tall cans will be available at select LCBO locations, The Beer Store and grocery outlets in Ontario, and grocery and dépanneurs in Quebec, later this month.

Porter Airlines and Beau’s Brewing Co. are launching a new co-branded porter-style beer, the Porter Porter. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines and Beau’s Brewing Co. are launching a new co-branded porter-style beer, the Porter Porter. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

“This is a unique opportunity for Porter to introduce our brand to customers outside of airports and airplanes,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “We’re looking forward to adding the new beer to our complimentary onboard service, while also giving passengers the ability to enjoy a piece of the Porter experience right at home.”

Porter Porter cans feature artwork collaboratively designed by Beau’s and Porter. The airline’s graphic raccoon brand mascot, Mr. Porter, sits atop an aircraft wearing aviator goggles and a yellow scarf blowing in the wind. He is holding a glass of Porter Porter beer while another plane flies in the background.

Porter announced Beau’s as its exclusive beer partner in August. A rotating selection of Beau’s products, including the Porter Porter and its flagship Lug Tread lagered ale, will be offered to passengers. The complimentary service includes premium snacks, plus beer and wine served in real glassware for all passengers.

“We’re thrilled to work with such an amazing Canadian airline. Making the choice of what style to brew for this project was a no-brainer and such a perfect addition to our core line-up of brands,” said Steve Beauchesne, Beau’s Brewing Co. co-founder and CEO.

Beau’s Brewing Co. began in 2006 as a family-and-friends-run craft brewery located in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Since then, they have won over 100 awards for brewing, package design and business practices, including Favourite Local Brewery (Faces of Ottawa Awards, 2019), Best Brewery in Ontario (Golden Taps, 2018), and 4th-Best New Brewery in the World (RateBeer Best, 2017). Beau’s is Canada’s first Certified Benefit Corporation brewery, recognized for high standards of environmental and social stewardship, and their beer is brewed using 100 percent green electricity.

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.

All Airlines Back in Service at Fredericton Airport

From Huddle Today – link to source story

Oct 7, 2021 by Rachel Smith

Image: Submitted

FREDERICTON— Porter Airlines has resumed service at Fredericton International Airport (YFC), meaning that all of the airlines that were flying before the pandemic have returned.

“It’s just wonderful to see all of our teams back in business,” said Kate O’Rourke, manager of public relations and marketing at YFC.

The Porter plane is a daily flight that goes from Fredericton, makes a stop in Ottowa, and goes on to downtown Toronto, landing at Billy Bishop Airport.

Porter Airlines joins airlines like Air Canada and West Jet, both who resumed service at the end of June. Since the pandemic began they have picked up another airline, Pal Airlines.

YFC saw the number of West Jet and Air Canada flights going up over the summer.

“August was definitely the busiest month,” said O’Rourke in an interview with Huddle. “We were up to almost 50 percent of our pre-pandemic traffic levels for that month. For Canada that is pretty good.”

O’Rourke hasn’t seen the numbers for September yet but expects numbers to cool down a bit as they usually do in the fall.

This summer also gave them a chance to test out the newly expanded terminal that was renovated last March.

O’Rourke said that she expects all airlines at YFC are here to stay.

“All the airlines have told us that it was a great summer, and they’re really committed to the Fredericton market and they see the strength of the market in the long term potential there,” said O’Rourke.

O’Rourke said that some travel is for business but she is mostly seeing travel for friends and family that haven’t gotten to see each other over the last year and a half.

“We’re just so happy to see those reunions happening again,” said O’Rourke.

She expects flights to kick up in winter during the holidays. For travelers who need them, PCP and rapid testing are available at the airport as a fee-for-service through a private company.

“That’s really for travelers who are departing,” said O’Rourke. “So if you’re going to a destination that requires that test before you arrive in the country.”

Porter Airlines returns to all year-round markets

TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2021 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines officially returns to all 18 of its year-round destinations today, with the addition of Fredericton, Saint John, N.B., Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and Windsor.

Porter flights initially restarted on Sept. 8, after suspending service due to the pandemic. Destinations were progressively added over the past month. The initial flight schedule, including flight frequency, can be found at www.flyporter.com.

Porter Airlines officially returns to all 18 of its year-round destinations today, with the addition of Fredericton, Saint John, N.B., Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and Windsor. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter Airlines officially returns to all 18 of its year-round destinations today, with the addition of Fredericton, Saint John, N.B., Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and Windsor. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

“It’s a significant milestone in our recovery, as we return to all of our year-round markets,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “We’re looking forward to seeing more of our passengers in these destinations. Over 1,000 Porter team members are now at work supporting these efforts, as we focus on recalling our complete workforce and adding more flights in the coming months.”

Porter has strengthened its existing standards with a focus on high levels of sanitization in order to protect the health of its passengers and team members. More information about the Healthy Flights program can be found on Porter’s website.

Passengers have the option to 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.

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. 

Porter Airlines returns, Flair to expand service out of Saint John Airport

From CBC News – link to source story

Within weeks, travellers will also be able to book pre-flight COVID-19 tests at airport, acting CEO says

Marie Sutherland · CBC News · Posted: October 5, 2021

Porter Airlines service to Saint John Airport returns on Wednesday. (Porter Airlines)

Flight service is steadily ramping up at Saint John Airport since its reopening three months ago, with Porter Airlines set to return this week and Flair Airlines planning to expand its flight roster.

The airport, which saw all commercial flights cancelled in December amid pandemic travel restrictions, welcomed their return on June 29 with an Air Canada flight from Montreal.

Since then, acting CEO Greg Hierlihy said Monday, business has been brisk — driven almost entirely by leisure travel and the pent-up demand from individuals separated from loved ones — and is poised to get brisker.

On Wednesday, Porter Airlines flights return to Saint John, with afternoon service to Ottawa and on to Toronto.

“They are all set to go … six days a week to Ottawa and then on to [Toronto’s] Billy Bishop airport on Toronto Island,” Hierlihy said. Flights leave at 3:25 p.m. every day, with the exception of Saturdays.

And Flair Airlines, an ultra-low-cost carrier that chose Saint John as its only New Brunswick destination, is planning to expand its current two-day-a-week service to Toronto to three days a week in March of next year.

Flair Airlines plans to expand its flights from Saint John Airport to Toronto to three days a week next year, up from the two days a week currently offered. (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

Those plans have been propelled by strong uptake on their flights, which now run Wednesday and Saturday. That’s changing to Tuesday and Saturday in November, and then to Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday next year, Hierlihy said.

“The uptake has been very good on that flight,” he said.

“We had several times during the month of August where it was sold out or virtually sold out. And we’re talking about, you know, a 189-seat jet.”

Even after Labour Day, when kids go back to school and family travel cools a bit, uptake has remained relatively strong.

“There’s been a bit of a decrease, but it still remained quite steady,” he said. “They’re really good numbers. So we’re we’re quite enthusiastic … about the possibilities there.”

Overall, he said, it’s an encouraging rebound after six punishing months.

If you’d asked me a few months ago, would I be happy with those numbers, I would have said yes, absolutely. It’s the start of the recovery.- Greg Hierlihy, Saint John Airport acting CEO

As of August, business at the airport is “at about 35 per cent of where we were” in August 2019, and indications so far are that that will increase to 50 per cent by the end of the year, Hierlihy said.

“If you’d asked me a few months ago, would I be happy with those numbers, I would have said yes, absolutely. It’s the start of the recovery.”

The return of business travel, which won’t likely happen until sometime in 2022, will provide another vital boost.

“We know that business travel is still very low at this point in time, so we’re waiting for that to bounce back,” Hierlihy said.

“That’s when you’ll really see our numbers come up.”

Saint John Airport acting CEO Greg Hierlihy says travellers will be able to take pre-travel COVID-19 tests at the airport within the coming weeks. (Credit: Brian Comeau)

COVID-19 travel tests will be available at YSJ

As travel increases, so will the demand for COVID-19 tests for passengers required to show proof of a negative test upon arrival at their destination.

Within the coming weeks, Hierlihy said, that service will be available at the Saint John Airport.

The airport has signed a lease contract with Distribution Ad Valorem, which currently offers the fee-for-service tests at the Moncton and Fredericton airports.

The company offers three testing options, including rapid antigen tests and the standard PCR tests, at a cost of between $149 and $299, depending on the type of test. The cost includes the provision of a certificate confirming date and time of testing, test result and passport number.

Hierlihy said the airport has taken several calls from travellers wondering where they can take the COVID-19 tests needed to comply with travel requirements.

“It’s hard to find that service in Saint John,” he said. “So we worked quickly to see if we could accommodate that in the airport.”

Hierlihy stressed that the tests are only for asymptomatic travellers, and must be prebooked online via the website of the airport offering the service.