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The Newest Airline with Checked Baggage Fees Goes North of the Border

Where: Canada
May 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now and then we have shared some praise for the planes and people over at Porter Airlines, but today we’ve got a little bit of bad news. Plenty of the in-flight freebies and customer service are still there, but it looks like bringing that bag along is going to cost you—and it’s a first for carriers up in Canada.

Baggage fees have crossed the border, and Porter Airlines is the first carrier to start implementing them on routes within Canada. Domestic travelers will have to shell out $25 for the right to check their first bag, but fortunately it does look like carry-on bags will continue to be complimentary.

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Toronto's City Airport Has a Choice to Make for Porter Airlines

Where: Toronto, Canada
December 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Things are moving along slowly but surely over at Bombardier, as the airline manufacturer gets ready to send their new C100s into the friendly skies. There’s already a few orders here and there, and now a local—as in one from Canada—is looking to get in on the new airplane smell.

As of now Porter Airlines is strictly a fan of propeller power, but it looks like they’re sold on the goings-on over at Bombardier. A little jet power could propel the carrier to spots beyond their usual range in and out of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, but before the planes and people can get to 35,000-feet there’s a lot of discussions that need to take place.

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Toronto's City Airport Tunnel Finally Sees the Light

Where: Toronto, Canada
September 3, 2013 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Any frequent traveler from Newark Airport has seen the cute little prop planes of Porter Airlines on their frequent and friendly routes to Toronto’s more convenient airport—the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. It looks like flights to and from the airport might be even more fun in the near future, as the city is hard at work constructing a tunnel to whisk passengers from the airport to the city center.

Our bad for not mentioning this earlier, but we just found out about the plans for the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport pedestrian tunnel. The plan is to connect the airport on the Toronto Islands with the mainland, and the project just hit a pretty big milestone. Last week, workers finished off the hardest part of the construction, as they finally broke through—and saw the light—from one end of the tunnel to the other.

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Why Porter Airlines Needs Toronto's City Airport to Bend the Rules

Where: Toronto, Canada
April 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

We haven’t heard too much from Porter Airlines lately. Sure they’ve had their share of new route announcements, and of course they’re still busy doing the free lounge access things for all of their passengers. However, they might be in store for something big, as it looks like they’ve got their eyes on a whole bunch of new airplanes.

They must have a fairly nice PowerPoint to show off, as they’ve got an expansion plan that includes like a $2 billion order for those brand new Bombardier CSeries jets. Sounds all fine and dandy, but there’s a little bit of a problem. A lot of Porter’s success has been dependent on their use of the very convenient Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport right near Toronto’s downtown core; however, there’s also all kinds of rules, regulations, and restrictions regarding what can and cannot fly to and from the airport. That means these new planes aren’t necessarily allowed there, so Porter Airlines is going to need to ask for permission first.

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Climb Aboard New Routes from Virgin America, JetBlue and Sun Country

March 29, 2013 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Virgin America:
We knew this was going down, but we thought we’d pass along a reminder as the time is drawing near. Virgin America is getting ready to start up service out of Newark Liberty International Airport, as they plan to fly all the way over to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Sounds like things should start doing their thing on April 2—that’s next week—and there will be three flights in each direction every day of the week. To promote the new service they’re even running a little bit of a deal and a contest. They’re calling it “Fly Like a Boss,” and you can score up to 25% off your flight and maybe even a freebie as well.

· Malaysia Airlines:
They may hate children, but they don’t hate new destinations and new options over at Malaysia Airlines. Now that they’re part of the oneworld airline alliance they must have ants in the pants or something, as they’re all eager to spread their wings.

This week they announced that they’ve got their eyes on Australia, as the carrier is planning to fly nonstop between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane. Airbus A330s will be the airplanes heading back and forth, as the daily flights will start doing their thing on June 20. It’s technically not an entirely new option, but it is a boost in service as there are apparently plenty of passengers looking to head between the two cities and the two countries.

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Porter Brings a Little Online Travel Agency Action with 'Porter Escapes'

Where: Canada
January 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve ever booked a flight on an airline website—and we’re thinking that you have—you’ll recall how eager the airlines are to sell you lots of extra stuff. From hotels to cars, and even activities...they are all there for your booking pleasure, and that’s the case even when you’re not interested in any extras. Well now there’s another airline entering the all-in-one travel business, as Porter Airlines is brining their signature service to all aspects of your vacation.

They’re calling their little venture Porter Escapes, as clearly they want you to escape via one of their flights to somewhere a little more fun then where your call home. Expect the usual complimentary lounge access, free drinks up in the air, and everything else that makes the Porter experience truly one of a kind. However, now they’re also adding in some suggestions for what to do when you land.

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Porter Airlines Brings Its Fancy Free Lounge Access to Newark Airport

August 31, 2012 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

We haven’t heard much from Porter Airlines recently, but that’s because they were hard at work putting the finishing touches on their brand new airport lounge at Newark-Liberty.

If you’re aren’t familiar with Porter Airlines and their lounges, you just roll your suitcase—and yourself—right inside as lounge access is a complimentary amenity available to each and every passenger. No credit card, membership, or other paperwork needed to swing in for a drink, a comfortable seat, and a personal power outlet.

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Porter Goes Where No Other Canadian Airline Has Gone Before

Where: Canada
March 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

It might be a little too early to send out the Earth Day greeting cards, but don’t tell that to Porter Airlines. The Canadian carrier known for awesome service on the ground and in the air is bringing another new feature to their flights, and this time it’s kind of something just for the earth.

To celebrate Earth Day—and just to generally be seen as the good guys—Porter Airlines is readying its very first biofuel flight. Last month the airline sent one of their Bombardier Q400 turboprop airliners up into the skies for a test flight, and it sounds like things went well with the green gas. That means it’s now time to test things out on an official commercial flight. If all goes according to plan it’ll do its thing right around the middle of April.

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It's Porter Airlines, Icelandair and US Airways Bringing This Week's New Routes

March 23, 2012 at 7:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Icelandair:
There’s already plenty of options over to London aboard Icelandair, but there’s always room for a few more flights. This time the carrier is looking at London’s other huge airport, as it plans to send planes and people to London-Gatwick starting later this year.

The flights will head between London and Reykjavik a couple times per week beginning on October 18, and if all goes well the flights should run through April of 2013. Flights will do their thing on Thursdays and Sundays—great for a long weekend—and perfect for trying to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

· Caribbean Airlines:
We heard that Caribbean Airlines was thinking about heading all the way across the Atlantic, and now it sounds like the new flights are official. The airline will be connecting Port of Spain—that’s in Trinidad and Tobago—with London-Gatwick. The flights will be doing their thing thanks to a little help from a Boeing 767, and it sounds like the flights should start heading back and forth on June 14.

Usually we think of heading down to the Caribbean during the chillier winter months, but we’re sure the residents of London can get used to checking out the islands during the summer months as well.

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United, WestJet and Copa Airlines Plan New Routes to Here and There

February 3, 2012 at 7:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· WestJet:
If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out what WestJet has to offer, this may change in 2012 as they bring new flights down to the nifty fifty. Of course they already have cheap flights to here, there, and everywhere in and around Canada, but now they're prepping to take on New York-LaGuardia.

Live, in-flight television will be yours to enjoy on seven new nonstop flights between NYC-LaGuardia and Toronto beginning June 4. A couple weeks later they’ll be boosting the flight frequency up to eight flights, so they definitely mean business when it comes to serving the flying public between New York City and Toronto. They even just launched a codeshare deal with Delta, so you can continue on aboard Delta until your final destination.

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Virgin America, Porter Airlines and Southwest Star in This Week's New Route News

January 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Virgin America:
We’ve already mentioned the big new route news of the week, but we can’t resist discussing the newest option from Virgin America once again. They’re heading to the land of cheesesteaks and rowdy sports fans, as Virgin America is planning nonstop flights to Philadelphia from both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Some of these will start doing their thing as early as April, so if you’re looking for a delayed Spring Break—either on the west coast or east coast—give this new route a little consideration.

· Southwest Airlines:
They’re continuing to move in all their belongings at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but Southwest Airlines is already planning another new option to and from the airport. They’ve decided to a do a nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Atlanta beginning on June 10. This is in addition to the options that are already offered up by their best friends—and soon to be family—over at AirTran. The initial route boost from Southwest in Atlanta begins next month and continues through March, so we expect plenty of more comings and goings from ATL as 2012 chugs along.

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Lots of New Cities and New Routes from Porter, Peach, and Air Asia X

January 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Porter Airlines:
This week the Canadian carrier announced that they’ll be doing their thing back and forth between Washington-Dulles International Airport and their home base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The new flights start on April 16 and will run three times each week, and we really need to get with the program and fly with them before 2012 is over!

· Air Asia X:
They’re on the move again, and this week brings a new option between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney thanks to the folks over at Air Asia X. It sounds like the airline is putting the final touches and plans on the new city pair, and flights begin April 1. Tickets could go on sale as soon as like next week. Air Asia X needs like a few more days to shake things out so just stay tuned.

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