Porter Airlines cancels flights out of Pearson Airport in Mississauga

Published March 28, 2023 at 5:50 pm

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A Toronto-based airline that just began flying out of Pearson Airport in Mississauga reportedly cancelled more than 20 per cent of its flights in March from the airport as it was in the midst of what it described as a major expansion.

Porter Airlines, which previously ran its passenger planes exclusively out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport before announcing last December its new relationship with Pearson, had announced expansion plans that included new routes and larger passenger jets.

The airline just started non-stop daily service from Pearson to Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Halifax in February and is poised still to add more routes and more aircraft to its fleet.

According to figures from aviation data firm Cirium, March cancellations for Porter included 56 of its planned 253 flights leaving Pearson.

A number of other flights scheduled to leave from Calgary and Vancouver were also grounded.

According to reports, Porter said it pro-actively cancelled some flights to allow time to prepare the aircraft for duty and train crew members.

Porter has recently added significantly to its fleet with the introduction of 50 new “state-of-the-art” Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

The company said earlier the 132-seat E195-E2 is quieter and more fuel efficient than other airplanes its size. The 50 new passenger jets are to complement Porter’s existing fleet of 78-seat De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft.

Porter officials said earlier this year that the company’s recent moves position the carrier to compete head-to-head with Canada’s largest airlines, Air Canada and WestJet.

Porter has as many as an additional 100 E195-E2 aircraft on order, providing the ability to operate throughout North America, including destinations across Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, the company notes.

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