Porter Airlines

March 2, 2010 § 2 Comments

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – if it weren’t for Porter Airlines, I don’t think Nick & I would have made it.

When we started dating, the only way to get to each other was to fly through Toronto’s Pearson airport, which is really not your ideal way to travel. We’d see each other every other weekend, ideally, which meant we each traveled to the other’s city once a month. At first, it was fun and exciting, but after countless delays, cancelations, and headaches, I started to develop a nervous tick when faced with the thought of having to fly to NYC. We only had 2 or 3 days to spend together on these trips and when Air Canada cancels your flight at the last minute because of rain, that one night you miss out on is a big deal!

In 2008, Porter started flying to Newark, NJ from its airport on Toronto island. I’m not a religious lady, but it could only be described as a godsend! I could walk from my office to the free shuttle, which takes you to the ferry, which takes less than 5 minutes to get to the airport on the island. Once inside, it is the quieter than you could ever imagine. Going through security is a breeze and the workers are friendly – one of them actually got to know who I was and would say hi each month. The lounge is equipped with leather armchairs, tables, and iMacs and the kitchen is stocked with free Starbucks, juice, water, pop, and snacks. This is really the only pleasurable way to travel by plane if you can’t afford first class!

I wondered if Porter was actually able to make a great deal of profit, being so kind to their passengers, but it turns out, they must as they recently finished the construction of their second terminal. The photos are from their Facebook group. Check out the cheery cupcakes provided for friends & family for their preview party.

If you haven’t tried flying Porter to one of their destinations, I urge you to keep them in mind for your next trip. I promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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§ 2 Responses to Porter Airlines

  • Courtney says:

    I wish other airlines would Porter’s business practices – they look like they’ve got phenominal customer service.

    Maybe they’ll spread more to the US so I can actually take advantage of them!!

  • Christina says:

    I don’t think they fly from the US to the US right now at all, you need to have Canada as a destination or departure to reap the benefits. I hope that will change soon though! They’ve expanded so much as an airline in the past couple years.

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