Porter Airlines has increased capacity on three Halifax routes to St John’s, Montreal and Ottawa.
Starting March 31, the service will be operated on the Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. The announcement follows a strong East Coast demand.
The Halifax-Ottawa route will have three-daily roundtrip flights, while St John’s and Montreal will operate two daily roundtrips, increasing to three daily in May. The routes are currently operated on the 78-seat Dash 8-400.
Passengers on the 132-seat Embraer E195-E2 can enjoy free, fast WiFi in an all-economy cabin. The aircraft is the “quietest and most fuel-efficient” single-aisle jet aircraft measured by sound and CO2 emissions. Certified to the strictest international standard for aircraft noise, it is 65% quieter than previous generation types.
Porter recently exercised purchase rights to place a firm order for 25 Embraer E195-E2 passenger jets, adding to its 50 existing firm orders. The airline plans to extend its service throughout North America.
Kevin Jackson, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We’re seeing continuing strong demand for Porter’s unique product across Eastern Canada. Increasing capacity in these markets from Halifax will provide more access for passengers looking to travel with ease across our full North American network. Porter has been serving Halifax since 2007, and this reaffirms our ongoing commitment to the airport and the community.”
“We are thrilled that Porter Airlines is responding to the demand in Atlantic Canada by increasing capacity on routes that have been underserved since the pandemic. Using the Embraer E195-E2 jet aircraft on these three routes will provide our passengers with more opportunities to enjoy the exceptional Porter experience,” added Joyce Carter, President and CEO at Halifax International Airport Authority.