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New Route of the Day – Americas (14 February 2024): Porter Airlines between Ottawa and Calgary

Porter Airlines between Otawwa and Calgary

Porter Airlines commenced a new domestic service between Ottawa and Calgary on Wednesday 14 February. The 2,885-kilometre route will be maintained daily with the 132-seat E195 E2 aircraft. The carrier faces competition from WestJet, which operates 2-daily flights between the two cities.

Flight PD277 departs Ottawa at 18:20 local time, touching down in Calgary at 20:49 local time. The return service, operating as flight PD278, takes off from Alberta’s largest city at 08:50 local time, touching back down in the nation’s capital at 14:40 local time.

What they said

Kevin Jackson, President of Porter Airlines, said: “Passengers adore the Porter experience, and we are dedicated to providing unmatched service and amenities for economy travellers. This new route expands travel options to Calgary and reinforces our presence in Canada’s capital with Porter’s extensive YOW network.”

Chris Miles, Chief Operating Officer at the Calgary Airport Authority, noted: “Our partnership with Porter reflects our shared commitment to creating memorable guest experiences. We’re delighted by the success of Porter’s first year of operations at YYC and look forward to continued collaboration in meeting the increasing demand for efficient and reliable air travel.”

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Joel Tkach, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at the Ottawa International Airport Authority, added: “We’re excited about Porter’s decision to add a second destination in Alberta from YOW, offering passengers greater flexibility for travel out west. This expansion underscores Porter’s commitment to enhancing connectivity from Ottawa with their innovative new jet fleet and service, benefiting both travellers and the region’s overall connectivity.”

Porter is Ottawa’s fastest growing airline

Porter Airlines now serves 14 cities in Canada and the US out of Ottawa Airport, making it by far the largest carrier in terms of its network size from the nation’s capital. Out of the 14 destinations, one – Fort Lauderdale – is seasonal. The carrier plans to further expand its network with the introduction of flights to Winnipeg on 16 May.

Porter Airlines is the second largest carrier in Ottawa in terms of the number of flights and provided capacity, behind only Air Canada. During Q1, the airline has 222,692 seats on the market. It represents an increase in capacity of 90.2% compared to the same period in 2023. Upon launching flights to Winnipeg in May, Porter Airlines will operate up to 35-daily departures from Ottawa.

Porter’s overall commitment to Ottawa includes building two new aircraft hangars totalling 150,000 square feet which will be the primary maintenance base for the E195 E2 fleet and support maintenance of the Dash 8 aircraft. It will create 200 permanent, full-time jobs at Ottawa Airport. The first phase of the hangar will be completed this year.

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