Air Transat and Porter Airlines form new alliance

Air Transat and Porter Airlines aircraft tails together.
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Air Transat, the air carrier subsidiary of Transat A.T. Inc., and Porter Airlines have extended their code-sharing agreement, solidifying their collaboration through the creation of a joint venture – aptly named “the Alliance.”

Unveiling the Alliance

By pooling the strengths of both airlines’ networks, the Alliance promises a myriad of advantages for travelers, redefining their journey experience with enhanced options across various regions.

The collaboration particularly focuses on expanding services between North, Central, and South America, Europe, North Africa, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

The epicenter of this strategic move is Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Montreal Trudeau (YUL) airports, where Porter Airlines and Air Transat’s networks seamlessly integrate.

Close-up of an Air Transat aircraft fuselage and tail.
Photo Credit: Air Transat


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Feeder Network Strategy

The core strategy behind this alliance is a feeder network, a symbiotic relationship aiming to expedite the expansion plans of both airlines in their respective markets.

Porter, with its focus on domestic and transborder short- and medium-haul routes, aligns perfectly with Air Transat’s ambitions in international medium- and long-haul flights.

This collaboration is not merely about sharing routes but also entails a deeper level of cooperation in scheduling and route planning, aiming to optimize the efficiency of their networks.

The gradual implementation of the Alliance throughout 2024 marks a strategic timeline for the unfolding of this monumental partnership.

A Porter Airlines Embraer E195-E2 on the tarmac.
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A Historic Leap

“This historic agreement constitutes a significant step forward in executing Transat’s strategic plan and an important milestone in developing a more sustainable competitive network,” stated Annick Guérard, president and chief executive officer of Transat.

The commitment to sustainability and competitiveness underscores the significance of this alliance in the long-term vision of both carriers.

 “We are delighted to further extend our collaboration with Porter, a partner that shares our customer-centric approach and values,” Guérard added.

Through this Alliance, not only will Air Transat leverage Porter’s domestic market presence, but it will also streamline its fleet’s utilization for enhanced efficiency.

Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing how the collaboration amplifies Porter’s continental expansion efforts.

“The flow of passengers on both carriers means that Porter will be able to develop a more robust network,” he affirmed.

Evolution of Existing Codeshare

This Alliance marks the evolution of the existing codeshare agreement between Air Transat and Porter, active since October 2022.

The commitment to a long-term collaboration showcases the alignment of goals, strategies, and resources between the two airlines.

Air Transat, with its 35-year presence in Quebec and Ontario, brings its extensive expertise in leisure travel, serving over 60 international destinations.

Porter, on the other hand, contributes its 17 years of excellence in facilitating air travel within Eastern Canada and the United States.

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