Porter Airlines launches summer flight schedule at Pearson Airport in Mississauga


Published May 5, 2023 at 11:49 am

Porter Airlines flies first E195-E2 aircraft into U.S. from Pearson Airport in Mississauga
(Photo: Porter Airlines)

An increase in the number of flights and more desirable flight times to a half dozen Canadian destinations are part of Porter Airlines’ summer schedule at Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

The Toronto-based airline, which began flying out of Pearson in February, announced yesterday (May 4) that its summer schedule will start on June 1.

The schedule will feature “additional flexibility” for travellers when flying between Pearson and Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.

The summer plan will add “more desirable flight times that are well-distributed throughout the day,” Porter officials said in a news release.

“Certain routes will see a further increase in flights by August. A greater number of coast-to-coast connecting flight options via Porter’s (Pearson) hub is also created with this new schedule.”

Kevin Jackson, Porter executive vice-president and chief commercial officer, said the carrier is seeking to elevate the economy travel experience by, among other initiatives, offering frequent flights.

“Porter is known to provide high-frequency, daily service on its core routes. Consistent with this approach, we’re continuing our planned growth at Toronto Pearson and investing to provide passengers with the travel options they value,” he added. “Travellers can count on even more flights being added to these markets, as well as entirely new destinations being announced in the coming months.”

Porter Airlines previously ran its passenger planes exclusively out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport before announcing last December its new relationship with Pearson.

The carrier, which caters to economy air travellers, has recently added significantly to its fleet with the introduction of 50 new “state-of-the-art” Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

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

Porter officials said earlier the company’s new moves position it 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 noted earlier this year.

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