Porter Airlines on Wednesday (Feb. 22) celebrated its inaugural flights between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Calgary International Airport (YYC).
The growing airline, which landed in Edmonton last week, now flies to the two largest cities in Alberta as it grows its national network.
Service between Calgary and Toronto Pearson begins with two daily, non-stop return flights, increasing to three daily as of June 1. The flights are operated with Porter’s new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.
The 132-seat aircraft features an all-economy, two-by-two configuration, which makes Porter the only airline with no middle seats on this route.
“The launch of service in Calgary continues Porter’s western expansion and marks our entry to southern Alberta,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “Porter’s elevated economy travel experience is unlike anything that Calgarians have experienced up to now. The level of service that Porter offers is unheard of for economy travellers among North American airlines.”
Porter’s elevated passenger experience, which includes complimentary beer and wine served in real glassware, free premium snacks, and free WiFi, is available to all travellers.
Fresh, healthy meals, pre-mixed cocktails and additional snack options are also available on the new Calgary-Toronto Pearson route.
Passengers can enjoy these additional features, either as part of PorterReserve all-inclusive fares or for purchase à la carte with PorterClassic fares.
The new Calgary-Toronto route connects two leading Canadian cities with excellent tourist destinations and economic trade opportunities.
“YYC is thrilled to welcome a new airline, Porter Airlines, to our Team YYC community. The growth of its network with Porter’s expansion into Western Canada is proof of the success and demand for its innovative approach to air travel,” says Rob Palmer, vice-president, commercial, strategy and chief financial officer at The Calgary Airport Authority. “It is thanks to our airline partners that we can say our airport is well on our way to becoming fully recovered. We’re excited to support Porter in its ongoing growth as we set our sights on the expansion of our community.”
Porter has already inaugurated new routes this month connecting Toronto-Pearson with Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton. Halifax service begins on Feb. 23.