Tomorrow, Saturday, 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 has "elevated the flying experience, appealing to business and leisure flyers alike, while providing competitive and affordable travel options," the airline said in a news release on Friday (Oct. 22).
In 2020, Porter temporarily suspended operations due to COVID-19 and resumed flights on Sept. 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 per cent 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.
The investment, Porter says, 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.