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New Route of the Day – Americas (5 March 2024): Porter Airlines between Toronto YYZ and Las Vegas

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Porter Airlines commenced flights between Toronto YYZ and Las Vegas on Tuesday 5 March. The 3,130-kilometre route will be maintained daily using the 132-seat E195 E2 aircraft. The carrier faces a crowded field, competing directly against Air Canada’s 13-weekly flights, Flair’s and WestJet’s 6-weekly rotations, and Canada Jetlines’ 3-weekly service.

Flight PD653 departs Toronto YYZ at 13:00 local time, arriving in Las Vegas at 15:04 local time. The return service, operating as flight PD654, is wheels up from Sin City at 16:00 local time, touching back down in Canada at 23:16 local time.

What they said

Kevin Jackson, President of Porter Airlines, said: “This new route adds to our growing list of Western US destinations and only Porter provides an elevated level of service and commitment to comfort for all economy passengers. Travellers will experience the difference the moment they step on board our aircraft.”

Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation at Clark County, noted: “Harry Reid International Airport is excited to welcome Porter Airlines, and its daily, nonstop service from Toronto. We know that Canadians love flying to Las Vegas, and the addition of Porter provides yet another convenient option for these travellers.”

Kate Wik, Chief Marketing Officer at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, added: “We are thrilled that this new direct flight from Toronto with Porter Airlines will give Canadians another convenient option to travel to Las Vegas. Porter Airlines in Las Vegas is a natural fit. Just like the airline has no middle seats on their flights, there are no ‘middle seat’ experiences in Las Vegas. From our A-list entertainment, world-class dining options, a full calendar of sporting events and an endless array of experiences, only the extraordinary can be here.”

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Las Vegas sees high Canada demand

Some 1.4 million Canadian tourists visited Las Vegas last year, representing a 60% increase from 2022 and just under the 2019 pre-pandemic record. Canadians make up nearly 30% of the share of international visitors in Las Vegas.

Canadian airports make up three of the top five source markets for Vegas visitation, and five of the top eight. Leading the way in 2023was Toronto YYZ, with nearly 198,000 passengers heading to Las Vegas, with Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Montreal making up the top eight.

Porter Airlines grows US network to 13 destinations

Porter Airlines’ new service to Las Vegas follows on from the introduction of flights to San Francisco on 25 January. Coupled with its service to Los Angeles, the carrier maintains flights to three cities on the US West Coast.

Porter Airlines also maintains operations to another 10 destinations in the US, mostly on the country’s East Coast. The majority of its flights are concentrated in Florida, with a total of five destinations in the state.

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