Porter to Begin Flying to Montreal in December

Porter Airlines Inc., the commuter carrier that began flying between Toronto and Ottawa a week ago, will add Montreal as its second destination starting on Dec. 11.

The airline will offer four weekday flights as well as weekend service to Montreal and will at least double that frequency after getting a fourth aircraft in January, Chief Executive Officer Robert Deluce said today at an Economic Club of Toronto speech.

Porter launched daily flights on Oct. 23 from Toronto's island airport, offering people in the financial district an alternative to the 45-minute commute to Pearson International airport. Deluce said he plans to fly to 17 cities within a 575- mile (925 kilometer) radius of Toronto using 70-seat Q400 turboprop planes made by Bombardier Inc. (BBD/B) New York may be the next destination, starting in 2007, he said.

Porter may fly to more than one airport serving New York, which could include Newark and LaGuardia, Deluce said in an interview after his speech.

Jazz Air, the Halifax-based regional carrier operated by ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. (ACE/H), stopped flying to Montreal from the city airport about four years ago. Jazz, which seeks to return to the airport after an eight-month absence, said July 6 it will resume flights to Montreal and Ottawa.

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