Porter increasing service to Québec City and Eastern Canada

i By March 4, 2024 No Comments

Porter Airlines is increasing service to Québec City, Québec, and two destinations in Newfoundland – St. John’s and Deer Lake.

On May 17, 2024, the carrier begins daily, round-trip service between Toronto-Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport (YQB). Initially planned as a seasonal addition to Porter’s schedule, the new route is set to run until October 26, 2024.

On June 4, 2024, Porter will launch daily roundtrip service between Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia and the Newfoundland summer destination of Deer Lake. It will be followed by a new daily roundtrip route between Ottawa and St. John’s, Newfoundland. It’s launch on June 6, 2024, will mark the first time in five years that any Canadian carrier has served the route.

“Newfoundland is already an important piece of Porter’s network, with existing service connecting St. John’s  with Toronto-Pearson and Halifax,” said Kevin Jackson, president, Porter Airlines. “These new routes mean that passengers have more options to enjoy many of Canada’s signature spots, while enjoying the journey as well as the destination.”

Dennis Hogan, CEO of the St. John’s International Airport Authority, said that Porter was addressing a key gap in the market by adding a non-stop route from YYT to Ottawa. “Connecting our provincial and national capitals provides a welcome option for passengers. We thank Porter for their continued investment and partnership.”

Tammy Priddle, president and CEO, Deer Lake Regional Airport, said that “the daily service into Halifax Stanfield provides access to our region for business, tourism, family and friends, while at the same time connecting our communities beyond the region.”

Speaking about the new service between Toronto and Québec City, Jackson said: “This new service will more than double our capacity between Toronto and Québec City, and gives passengers more opportunities to choose our elevated economy experience on the route. Being able to choose flights at Billy Bishop and Pearson demonstrates the range of choice that travelers have when flying to and from Toronto, with Porter having significant presence at both airports.”

Stéphane Poirier, president and CEO of Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport, that the addition of the daily flight to the Canadian hub is directly in line with YQB’s objective to offer more options to travelers in the greater Québec City region, in addition to providing excellent connectivity to popular destinations in Western Canada and the United States.”

The Toronto-Québec City and Ottawa-St. John’s routes will be operated on the carrier’s new Embraer E195-E2. The quietest single aisle aircraft on the market, it features 132 seats configured two-by-two. The Halifax-Deer Lake service will be aboard a 78-seat De Havilland Dash 8-400.