LONDON – Canadian carriers Air Transat and Porter Airlines have officially launched a new bilateral codeshare agreement.
The agreement is now activated between Porter Airlines’ domestic flights to and from Halifax (YHZ) and Toronto City (YTZ), and select Air Transat flights to and from Montreal (YUL).
Passengers will then be able to connect to or from a destination served by Air Transat via Montreál. Connections to and from Paris, London, and Lisbon are available, as well as domestic and several Southern destinations.
According to Air Transat, additional connections to and from the United States will be rolled out later this year.
Porter is planning on using its “PD” code on flights operated by Air Transat between Montréal and its destinations in Europe, the US, and Canada, although this is “pending receiving the required regulatory approvals”.
This news comes after Canada lifted all of its Covid-19 entry restrictions on October 1st.
Michèle Barre, Air Transat’s Vice President, Network, Revenue Management, and Pricing, commented: “We are delighted that our codeshare agreement with Porter Airlines is taking off. Our respective networks are highly complementary, with Porter serving Toronto and Halifax and Air Transat serving some 15 countries.
“This will provide both our passengers with an expanded yet seamless experience and is perfectly in line with Air Transat’s strategy initiated earlier this year to develop our network through alliances.”
Kevin Jackson, Porter Airlines’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer, added: “We have found an ideal partner in Air Transat to launch Porter’s first codeshare agreement.
“Connecting passengers in two of our most important markets, Toronto and Halifax, with Air Transat’s European and North American network is a great benefit.”
“This is just the beginning, as we intend to expand Porter’s own network to create many more travel opportunities between our two airlines.”
Who are Porter Airlines?
Founded in 2006, Porter Airlines is a Canadian carrier that operates regional flights out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. They operate a fleet of 29 De Havilland Canada Dash 8 Q-400 aircraft and have 50 Embraer E195-E2 on order, with deliveries beginning this year.
On March 18th, 2020, the airline announced that they would suspend all flights initially from March 20 through to June 1 due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The suspension of service was then extended several times until it was announced that Porter will be returning to service starting September 8, 2021, nearly 18 months since all flights were suspended.
The airline announced it was returning to service after an agreement was reached with the Canadian Federal Government for loans of up to US$218.2 million, which would be used to help them recover from the losses that they endured during the Covid-19 period.
Future of Porter Airlines operations
After over a year of returning to service, the airline is making big steps during the recovery period. Porter airlines launching a codeshare agreement with Air Transat means the airline can recover greatly with the support of the Montreál based carrier.
Offering many more services across Canada and the US than ever before, along with cutting down on O2 emissions using their recently ordered Embraer E195-2 aircraft.
With air travel rebounding after Canada lifted its Covid-19 restrictions on October 1st, this gives Porter Airlines a great opportunity to launch new codeshare agreements and more services to destinations around the western hemisphere.