Porter Airlines celebrates first flight to Tampa, Florida

A Porter Airlines Embraer E195-E2 on the tarmac at dawn.
Photo Credit: Porter Airlines.

Last week, Porter Airlines launched daily, roundtrip service between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Tampa (TPA).

This becomes the first U.S. route operated by any airline with the state-of-the-art Embraer E195-E2.

Embraer E195-E2

Porter Airlines’ Porter is the North American launch customer for Embraer’s newest family of E2 jets. The Embraer E195-E2, is a 132-seat, all-economy aircraft with a two-by-two configuration, meaning there’s no middle seat on any Porter flight.

But what really sets the E2 apart is its eco-friendliness, with a focus on reduced sound and CO2 emissions. The E2 has achieved certification to the strictest international standard for aircraft noise, making it an astonishing 65% quieter than previous generation aircraft.

This is not just a leap forward in terms of passenger comfort; it’s a giant stride towards minimizing the environmental impact of air travel.


A Porter Airlines Embraer E195-E2 on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: TrueNoord

Porter Inflight Experience

Porter Airlines has always been a carrier that puts passengers first, and the Toronto to Tampa route is no exception.

The airline offers an industry-leading economy passenger experience that is truly one-of-a-kind. Here’s what you can expect when you choose to fly with Porter:

Free, Fast WiFi: Stay connected throughout your journey, whether it’s for work, entertainment, or keeping in touch with loved ones.

Premium Snacks: Enjoy a selection of premium snacks, ensuring that you never go hungry during your flight.

Free Beer and Wine: Served in glassware, Porter goes the extra mile to make your flight feel like a mini-celebration.

Customized Seating: For those who desire a little extra comfort, Porter offers priority check-in and extra legroom seats.

Culinary Delights: You can elevate your in-flight dining experience with premium pre-mixed cocktails and fresh, healthy meals.

These perks come standard for all passengers, making every flight with Porter feel like a first-class experience.

But if you’re looking to take it up a notch, you can opt for the all-inclusive PorterReserve fares or purchase these offerings à la carte with PorterClassic fares.

Porter Airlines in Florida

Tampa is just the beginning of Porter’s foray into Florida, with plans to launch a total of five destinations and seven routes this fall.

The list includes Toronto Pearson to Tampa, Fort Myers (RSW), Orlando (MCO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), and Miami (MIA), as well as Ottawa International Airport (YOW) to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

For Canadians, this expansion opens up new possibilities. As Kevin Jackson, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Porter Airlines, rightly points out:

“Canadians represent the largest group of international travelers to Florida, and now they can choose to fly with the only airline that emphasizes style, care, and charm in every aspect of the flight experience. With Porter, your vacation begins as soon as you step inside the aircraft.”

A Warm Welcome in Tampa

Tampa International Airport is excited to be the first U.S. airport to welcome Porter Airlines as it launches new nonstop service to and from Toronto.

Joe Lopano, CEO of Tampa International Airport, is confident that the elevated economy experience offered by Porter will be a hit with Canadian travelers who love to visit Tampa Bay and enjoy everything the region has to offer.

This partnership will not only benefit Canadians but also introduce Porter’s outstanding product to local Tampa Bay travelers for their journeys to Canada.

Deepening Connections

Tampa will soon become Toronto Pearson’s 10th-largest transborder route by seat capacity, solidifying its importance in the network of air travel.

Moreover, Tampa will be Porter’s 10th destination and the first transborder destination from Toronto Pearson.

As Kurush Minocher, Executive Director of Customer Experience & Airline Relations at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, points out:

“We look forward to their upcoming service further deepening connectivity between Toronto Pearson and Florida.” This is a promising prospect for travelers seeking convenient and efficient connections.

Embraer Comments

Renowned for premium levels of service and comfort, Porter Airlines’ choice of the Embraer E195-E2 aircraft is integral to delivering on their mission to elevate the flying experience.

Martyn Holmes, CCO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, aptly highlights, “With 50 E195-E2 on order, Embraer is thrilled the E195-E2 is Porter’s aircraft of choice to deliver on their mission to elevate the flying experience; the quietest and most efficient single-aisle aircraft available today, with no passengers having to endure a middle seat!”

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