Porter Airlines announced on January 11th that they’d be starting flights from Toronto’s City Airport (YTZ) to Washington-Dulles Airport (IAD) in Sterling, VA, just outside of the nation’s capital.
Porter is a hip, classy Toronto-based airline with a slogan of Flying refined. After commencing operations in October 2006, Porter received a 4-star airline rating from SkyTrax, the only Canadian-based airline to receive the honor. In their mission statement, Porter aims to “bring dignity and refinement back to flying.”
Porter’s philosophy is to make travel easier by lightening the load. Porter embodies this philosophy by reintroducing convenience, speed and service to air travel.
As the airline of choice for discerning short-haul passengers, our warm and effortless approach to hospitality, combined with our spotless service brings dignity and refinement back to flying.
Porter’s launch in the Washington, DC-area represents a benefit for Canada-bound travelers. Airfares to Canada are notoriously expensive, even from major cities like Washington, DC. Porter is aiming to undersell the competition by offering relatively-cheap flights to Toronto’s City Airport, which lies just outside of Toronto.
Porter is offering airfares beginning at $129 CAD ($128.80 USD, at press time) each way from Dulles, which is incredible. Fares on competing airlines run $520 roundtrip* or higher for the same dates. While the pure cost savings alone are enough to fly, Porter provides a product that is nearly unprecedented for a short international flight.
Their Bombardier Q400s feature a 2-2 configuration, meaning no middle seats. And with only 70 seats, the experience may feel a bit more personal. Porter offers free drinks (yes, they’re all free, even wine and beer), and meals on every flight. It’s like a throwback to the way flying used to be.
When you arrive in Toronto, you fly into Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Less than 4 km from the center of Toronto, this airport is clearly more convenient than Toronto-Pearson Airport (YYZ), located nearly 30 km from Toronto. While the location is perfect, a smaller airport also means less time in transit, as well. Getting from airplane to curbside could potentially happen in a matter of minutes.
Porter also offers airline lounges at Toronto and Ottawa airports, but you can check your wallet at the door. It’s completely free of charge. The lounges offer free ambience, food, drinks, and iMac work stations. For their efforts to redefine flying, they’ve been named a 4-star airline by legendary airline reviewer Skytrax. Skytrax takes into account all areas of customer experience, service, facilities, fleet, and more in order to determine an accurate rating. Porter, with its 4-star rating, joins the ranks of heavyweights like All Nippon Airways and Emirates. Yes, Emirates, the revered, highly-luxurious airline based in the Middle East.
It will surely be interesting to see how the crowd in the Washington area reacts to this new service. United Airlines and their Star Alliance partner Air Canada are major players on the Washington – Toronto route, as IAD is a United hub. However, Porter has a significant advantage by offering such remarkable perks.
We’ll keep you updated.
* All information was best available at press time. Naturally airfares change, so our numbers may not be the same as your numbers.