Travellers can catch flights to more Canadian cities from Pearson Airport in Mississauga
Published February 8, 2023 at 9:34 am
A Toronto-based airline now flying out of Pearson Airport in Mississauga for the first time kicked off service to Canada’s western-most destination this week.
Porter Airlines, which previously ran its passenger planes exclusively out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport before announcing in December its new relationship with Pearson, started non-stop daily service to Vancouver on Tuesday (Feb. 7).
The carrier, which has added significantly to its fleet with the introduction of 50 new “state-of-the-art” Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, will further expand its list of Canadian destinations from Pearson starting next week.
As of Feb. 14, Porter will offer non-stop service to Edmonton followed by Calgary on Feb. 22 and Halifax on Feb. 23.
Our friends at @porterairlines are quickly expanding out of YYZ and they want to help you discover more of our great country from coast to coast, launching nonstop flights to @yvrairport today, @flyyeg on Feb. 14, @flyyyc on Feb. 22 and @hfxstanfield on Feb. 23. #travel #tourism pic.twitter.com/6NCL7Anb1B
— Toronto Pearson (@TorontoPearson) February 7, 2023
The company says the 132-seat E195-E2 (see video link below) is quieter and more fuel efficient than other airplanes its size. The 50 new passenger jets will complement Porter’s existing fleet of 78-seat De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft.
Porter officials say they’re excited to offer all new destinations to travellers, including Halifax.
“Halifax is a popular destination for business and leisure passengers. This new service from Pearson provides everyone with more choice,” Porter executive vice-president and chief commercial officer Kevin Jackson said in an earlier news release. “We are growing our total number of Halifax flights across multiple routes by nearly 50 per cent compared to pre-pandemic levels, averaging over 20 departures and arrivals per day.”
The Canadian airline caters to economy air travellers, who are expected to get more leg room, free and fast WiFi, no middle seats and beer, wine and snacks on long flights under new service plans introduced by Porter.
The Toronto-based carrier is also offering $1 flights to a limited number of passengers travelling on board the company’s inaugural flights to new locations in February.
Porter officials say 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.
Today marks our very first passenger flight on our new E195-E2 jets between @torontopearson and @cityofvancouver! Who’s ready to #actuallyenjoyeconomy all the way to #yvr? 🏔🇨🇦👋 pic.twitter.com/XN8b4ex242
— Porter Airlines (@porterairlines) February 7, 2023
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