Porter Airlines recently added three new destinations for area travellers to pick from. Residents in Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding region can now access Long Beach (California), Nantucket (Massachusetts), and Portland (Oregon). These locations are in addition to the 27 destinations the Toronto-based airline added late last year, which include Orlando, Las Vegas, Tampa, Los Angeles, Fort Myers, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale and Puerto Rico.
“Once again, we’re thrilled to now have additional destinations offered to our travellers,” said Terry Bos, CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC), the non-profit organization that operates the local airport. “Our goal continues to be to increase traffic at our airport, and Porter’s recent announcement will go a long way in helping us reach this goal.”
The additional destinations for Sault area travellers are thanks to a 2014 partnership between Porter Airlines and JetBlue Airways. With the interline agreement, Porter passengers are able to connect with JetBlue flights year-round through Boston Logan International Airport. Bookings can all be done conveniently through www.flyporter.com.
“Porter’s connection with JetBlue has opened up more exciting destinations for our passengers,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “The response to date has been overwhelmingly positive, and we know that the popularity of this partnership will only increase throughout 2015.”
The SSMADC, along with the City of Sault Ste. Marie and Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, worked together to land Porter here in 2011. The airline, which is based out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, now offers four flights per day from Sault Ste. Marie to downtown Toronto.