Porter Airlines is set to start flying out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport as it expands service across North America.
The airline announced Monday it plans to expand service with the introduction of up to 80 new Embraer E195-E2 aircrafts that will begin flying in the second half of 2022.
The company said it has made a firm commitment to purchase 30 planes, with purchase rights for 50 additional aircrafts.
“We are planning to fly our new jets from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport, giving you more travel options with us,” Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines said in a release. “Destinations will include the west coast, and sunny spots in the southern United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.”
Porter recently announced it would resume its flight schedule again after its fleet was grounded for nearly 18 months due to COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions. The airline said it plans to resume Canadian flights on September 8 and will restart routes to the US on September 17.
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The company said it plans to continue flying out of its existing hub at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport, which it called “essential to the airline’s immediate plans for re-establishing flights and developing future routes.”
“Our commitment to Billy Bishop Airport is not changing,” said Robert Deluce, Porter’s founder and executive chairman.
“Our corporate headquarters at Billy Bishop is being maintained and we will continue serving the same network of regional markets from downtown Toronto. We are moving beyond this existing footprint to welcome more travellers across North America, with an emphasis on providing the sophisticated service that only Porter delivers.”
The company said potential markets reach coast to coast in Canada and the United States, including US sun destinations, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. Initial routes will be announced in 2022.