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Porter Airlines starting service to Saskatchewan for the first time, adding new crew base in Vancouver

Porter announces first Saskatchewan service with daily Toronto Pearson-Saskatoon route (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)

Porter Airlines will begin daily service between Toronto and Saskatoon starting May 16, 2024. When daily flights begin, Porter will serve all 10 provinces for the first time in its history.

“We are proud to connect Saskatoon and the province of Saskatchewan to Porter’s network for the first time in our history. It solidifies our commitment to bringing the level of connectivity, service and generosity that travellers deserve across the country. The Porter experience is unlike anything Saskatchewan is used to and we believe will become a favourite for local flyers,” said Kevin Jackson, president, Porter Airlines with the announcement on Feb. 15.

The route will also connect travellers to Eastern Canadian destination via Pearson, including Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa and St. John’s.

“YXE is very excited to welcome Porter to Saskatchewan for the very first time in the airline’s history. Porter has had a very long and successful career in Eastern Canada, and we are so glad to finally be bringing the airline’s western expansion to Saskatoon this summer. As the gateway to Saskatchewan’s north, YXE is committed to connecting our region to the world, and with Porter’s strong connections and partner airlines this new route to Toronto will allow for greater connectivity, a new air travel experience and more flight options all at a competitive fare that we know our guests are going to love,” said YXE Saskatoon Airport president and CEO, Stephen Maybury.

Porter also announced it will add three crew bases in Canada, including Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Ottawa International Airport (YOW), and Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL). Vancouver’s base will open in July.

“These new bases will provide significant opportunities for crew who want to live close to where they work,” said Kent Woodside, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Porter Airlines. “Local crew can better support Porter’s commitment to operational reliability and ultimately provide an even more elevated level of service for our passengers.”

According to Porter, the company will have approximately 2,000 total crew by the end of 2024.