Porter Airlines Preparing To Battle It Out With Air Canada Jazz
Throughout the economic downturn, Porter Airlines has been doing everything right. They’ve impressed travelers with their service, expanded to new routes, and have served Toronto City Centre Airport without too much competition. Well that’s about to end as another airline wants to get a chunk of the air traffic from the city’s smaller airport. After all, the airport is a little more convenient to all that downtown business.
Air Canada Jazz is looking to return to end Porter’s dominance over the airport’s commercial traffic. Jazz used to come and go from the downtown airport until early in 2006 when they suspended their service, claiming they had been evicted by a firm that was in cahoots with the CEO at Porter Airlines. However, the exclusivity agreement between Porter Airlines and the airport ends early next year, and Jazz is ready to once again roll down the runway.
For now, everyone is stuck in the stage of arguing and battling things out in court, but we’re thinking that competition will eventually come to the airport. Despite their future issues with other airplanes on their home turf, Porter Airlines might just have the upper hand. They’re thinking about adding new routes to Philadelphia, Washington, and a second destination to New York. They’ve got another five Bombardier Q400 planes on order, so they are going to have to fly them somewhere. Hopefully, we’ll get to test them out ourselves soon.
· Jazz Eyes Toronto Airport Return
[The Globe and Mail]
· Porter, The Little Airline That Could, Adds Boston Route
· Airline News coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo of City Centre Airport: beachdigital]