November 12, 2008

Porter Airlines Breezes into Windy City

TORONTO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Porter Airlines is marking its first flights today between Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA) and Chicago Midway International Airport. Porter is the only carrier offering service between these two convenient airports.

The inaugural flight departed TCCA this morning at 6:50 a.m. as part of an initial schedule of three daily roundtrip flights per weekday and two each on Saturday and Sunday. As of Jan. 8, the full schedule of six daily weekday flights and added weekend service begins.

"This is another milestone in Porter's development and we're pleased to bring our unique service to Chicago," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "This will change the travel experience between Toronto and Chicago, making it fast, convenient and simple."

Porter is bringing to Chicago its reputation for a refined travel experience, providing passengers with full service and value throughout the entire trip.

"Porter Airlines service offers a great opportunity for Chicago travelers to visit Toronto," said Richard L. Rodriguez, Chicago Aviation Commissioner. "This new international service is a welcome addition to the numerous domestic destinations offered at Midway."

TCCA is one of the most convenient urban airports in the world, situated just minutes from downtown Toronto. From its dedicated terminal, all Porter passengers have access to a modern, comfortable and stylish lounge, including wireless Internet access, refreshments, and computer workstations. While on board, passengers enjoy complimentary premium snacks, wine and beer, a spacious cabin environment with leather upholstery and extra legroom.

Porter flies the 70-seat Bombardier Q400 featuring jet-like cruise speed, revolutionary cabin noise-reduction technology and environmentally-friendly engines. The aircraft uses 30 to 40 per cent less fuel than regional and narrow-body jets.

Expanded service to further U.S. destinations such as Boston, Washington and Philadelphia is planned as additional aircraft are delivered over the next 18 months.

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines Inc. is a regional passenger carrier based at Toronto City Centre Airport. The airline currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway) and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que. Porter plans to fly to at least 17 short-haul Canadian and U.S. destinations. Visit or call (416) 619-8622 or (888) 619-8622 for more information.

Porter Airlines Inc.

CONTACT: Media contact: Brad Cicero, Porter Airlines, (416) 619-8593