Porter Airlines supporters have voted Vancouver (YVR) the top new destination they want to connect with Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Over six days, more than 14,000 people visited www.porterplans.com to vote for their favourite North American destination that Porter has proposed as part of its growth plan. Vancouver beat out runners-up Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
“We are constantly hearing requests from our customers to fly to more destinations, and Vancouver is one that is mentioned often,” said Porter president Robert Deluce. “It would be a great addition to Porter’s network and I sincerely hope that everyone who voted Vancouver as their favourite destination will be able to fly there with us starting in 2016.”
Toronto-Vancouver is one of Canada’s most popular routes. By increasing competition on the routes Porter currently serves, officials say base airfares have decreased an average of 60%. There is expected to be a similar fare decrease for new markets that Porter enters.
Porter is seeking approval for its proposal to introduce quiet jet aircraft meeting strict noise standards and extend the runway at Billy Bishop Airport in order to serve longer-range destinations in locations such as Western Canada, Florida, California and the Caribbean. Toronto City Council will decide on this request as early as April.