August 17, 2008

Logan Hopes to Land Canadian Carrier


Logan International Airport officials hope that Porter Airlines will start nonstop flights to Toronto City Centre Airport next spring, giving travelers quicker access to the Canadian city's downtown.

Toronto is the third largest international market for Logan after London and Paris, with some 325 passengers flying the route daily from the Boston airport. But current flights via Air Canada and American Eagle land at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Canada's busiest airport, located about 17 miles from downtown Toronto.

Toronto City Centre Airport is located at the western end of Toronto Islands, a one-minute ferry ride to the mainland.

"From there, you are within five to 10 minutes of downtown," Porter spokesman Brad Cicero said. "You can probably save up to two hours by using that airport instead of Pearson."

Porter is a Canadian regional airline that started operating in October 2006. It flies to the Canadian cities of Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax and broke into the U.S. market in March with flights to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

"Over the next six months or so we plan to add another two or three destinations, and Boston is definitely one of those destinations we hope to get to in the short term," Cicero said. "It's one of the locations that has a high volume of traffic between the two cities."

Porter operates six Bombardier Q400 aircraft and hopes to double its fleet by next summer. The turboprop is one of the most fuel- efficient in its class, burning 30 percent to 40 percent less fuel than most regional and narrow-body jets that would fly the route, according to Cicero. The planes are configured with 70 leather seats with an extra two to three inches of legroom than most airlines' economy seats, he said.

The airline offers full cabin service, including free beer and wine and a snack box or meal tray service depending on the time of day.

Originally published by By DONNA GOODISON.

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