Porter Inaugurates New Route Between Ottawa and St. John’s

A Porter Airlines jet on the tarmac at dawn.
Photo Credit: Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines has opened a further route, inaugurating a non-stop service between Ottawa International Airport (YOW) and St. John’s International Airport (YYT).

This development makes Porter the sole airline connecting these two vibrant Canadian cities with direct flights.

The inaugural flight marks the beginning of daily service aboard the brand-new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

Embraer E195 Operations Porter-style

This state-of-the-art plane boasts a spacious cabin comfortably seating up to 132 passengers. It features a luxurious two-by-two configuration with no middle seats. This makes the biggest dilemma for Porter passengers the delightful choice between a window or aisle seat!

Staying connected throughout your journey is a breeze with Porter’s complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi available on all E195-E2 flights.

To further elevate your travel experience, Porter offers complimentary premium snacks paired with free beer and wine. All beverages are served in stylish glassware – ensuring economy class truly feels like a treat.

For an extra touch of comfort, PorterReserve passengers enjoy the perks of priority boarding and additional legroom on every flight.

Additionally, longer routes cater to PorterReserve and à la carte-purchasing PorterClassic passengers with fresh, healthy meals.

Expanding Presence in Ottawa

Ottawa continues to hold a special place in Porter’s network. It serves as a hub offering convenient flights to over a dozen destinations across Canada and the United States.

These destinations include regional hubs like Fredericton and Thunder Bay. The major Western Canadian cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg are all supported.

Across the border, popular U.S. locations such as Orlando, Boston, and New York enjoy route coverage.

Porter’s commitment to Ottawa continues to flourish, with the airline anticipating as many as 35 daily departures by August. This becomes the most non-stop flights offered from Ottawa yet.

Further demonstrating its dedication to the region, Porter recently unveiled a brand-new, $110 million aircraft maintenance base. The new facility will mean the creation of over 400 jobs within Canada’s capital city.

The tailplanes of two Porter Airlines aircraft parked together.
Photo Credit: CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.

Exploring the Enchantment of St. John’s

Awaiting travelers in St. John’s is a captivating blend of historical charm and modern attractions. This oceanside capital of Newfoundland is a popular destination for captivating whale watching tours.

A visit to the iconic Signal Hill is a must, experiencing the warmth of local hangouts, and immersing oneself in the city’s small-town allure.

The new route grants passengers in St. John’s the ease of connecting with three Eastern Canadian destinations via Porter’s non-stop service: Ottawa, Halifax, and Toronto.

This exciting development marks the second new Porter route to take off in Newfoundland this week, following the recent launch of Halifax – Deer Lake service.

Stakeholder Comments

“St. John’s represents an underserved market within Eastern Canada,” shared Kevin Jackson, President of Porter Airlines.

“Our passengers consistently request more new routes, and we’re thrilled to provide another opportunity to experience our elevated economy service connecting the nation’s capital with the east coast.”

“This route further strengthens our growing presence in Ottawa, where we anticipate surpassing two million passengers traveling through the capital on Porter in 2024.”

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Photo Credit: Embraer.

“St. John’s has been a long-awaited addition to our capital-to-capital network, offering a vibrant destination that Ottawa-Gatineau residents should explore this summer,” remarked Joel Tkach, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for the Ottawa International Airport Authority.

“Newfoundlanders are known for their warmth and strong connections with people across the country. Whether flying directly to YOW or connecting through YOW to other destinations, Porter Airlines is the ideal partner to facilitate these journeys.”

Expressing her delight, Lisa Bragg, Director of Business Development and Marketing for the St. John’s International Airport Authority, added comment.

“The St. John’s International Airport Authority is thrilled to officially welcome Ottawa to our network. This route reconnects our provincial and national capitals after a period of absence and is critical for both business and leisure travelers.”

“We extend our gratitude to Porter for recognizing the potential within this route and their continued investment in YYT.”

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