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
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.
Brad Cicero Porter Airlines (416) 619-8593
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