Porter finishes 2011 with record 2.1 million passengers

Porter Airlines posted record passenger numbers for 2011, including a December load factor of 63.9%, 1.5 points higher than the previous year. More than 2.1 million passengers travelled with Porter during the year, which is another record compared to 1.56 million in 2010. December results show 117.6 million Available Seat Miles (ASMs) and 75.2 million Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs). ASMs increased 26.7% from 92.8 million and RPMs grew 29.9% compared to 57.9 million last year. Overall, 2011 was another year of growth for the airline. New destinations initiated with Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, and Burlington, Vt. Flights were also added to numerous existing markets from Thunder Bay, Ont., to Moncton, N.B. Six new Bombardier Q400 aircraft were delivered during the year. The new year gets off to a quick start with new service to Timmins, Ont., commencing Jan. 16. A sixth US market is also anticipated by spring. (