Porter responds to Air Canada commentary re: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Porter responds to Air Canada commentary re: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport 
TORONTO, March 24, 2014 /CNW/ - A commentary was published in the Toronto Star 
today by Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO of Air Canada, about the proposal 
by Porter Airlines to introduce jet service from Billy Bishop Toronto City 
Airport (BBTCA). 
Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, provided the following 
statement regarding this article: 
"In the debate regarding BBTCA, Air Canada's clear interest is to stop 
additional competition on new routes in which it presently benefits from 
higher airfares, to the detriment of consumers. It is therefore unsurprising 
that Air Canada would seek to delay the introduction of competition and lower 
fares as long as it possibly could." 
Since 2006, airfares have fallen by as much as 60% on routes Porter serves. 
For over seven years, Air Canada has used every means at its disposal to 
prevent Porter from creating competition on new routes. These tactics included 
the use of serial and abusive litigation, whereby Air Canada brought six 
separate legal actions against Porter since 2005. All of these proceedings 
have either been dismissed by Canadian courts or dropped by Air Canada. 
Air Canada operates 15% of the total flights at BBTCA. Air Canada conveniently 
does not mention it is the dominant air carrier at many airports across 
Canada, in some cases operating 100% of flights. Billy Bishop is a slot 
controlled airport with limits on the total number of flights. Such limits are 
common throughout the world - similarly slot restricted airports in North 
America include New York LaGuardia Airport and Washington Reagan National 
Airport. Additionally, slot allocation at BBTCA is independently managed by 
the world's largest slot management firm (ACL) and is based on international 
best practices. This impartial allocation methodology was the subject of many 
of Air Canada's litigation attacks on the airport and the Federal Court of 
Canada dismissed Air Canada's complaints in their entirety. 
After its only competing airline was driven out of business in 1991, Air 
Canada enjoyed a monopoly on commercial flights at BBTCA through its Air 
Ontario subsidiary (later Jazz) for almost 15 years. During this time, its 
business was purposely consolidated at Toronto Pearson Airport until just one 
route with a handful of flights was left at BBTCA. Despite requests from the 
airport's operator to participate in its service development, Air Canada 
refused at every opportunity. 
Porter is proposing to fly the quiet Bombardier CS100 aircraft to longer-range 
destinations such as Florida, California, Vancouver, Calgary, and Winnipeg in 
2016. These new routes will offer direct competition to Air Canada, resulting 
in lower airfares that will benefit consumers. 
For more information and a complete list of proposed new destinations, visit 
About Porter Airlines 
Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and 
effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air 
travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star 
Rating® by Skytrax, and rated Best Small Airline in the world by Condé Nast 
Traveler's Readers Choice Awards. 
The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec 
City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, 
Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston, Washington 
(Dulles) and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., 
and Burlington, Vt. Vacation packages are available from Porter Escapes at 
Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.

SOURCE  Porter Airlines Inc. 
Media contact: 
Brad Cicero Porter Airlines (416) 619-8593 
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