Porter Airlines is taking to the skies for two new routes to Orlando International Airport (MCO). The start of service to Orlando from Toronto and Ottawa marks the third new Florida destination that Porter has touched down since the start of November, following Tampa and Fort Myers.
“Canadians are the most frequent international visitors to Florida, and Porter is proud to take off on two more routes into the Sunshine State,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Porter Airlines. “With Porter’s unrivaled level of comfort for economy travellers, our passengers can look forward to enjoying the journey and the destination.”
Mark Laroche, president and CEO, Ottawa International Airport Authority, said the authority’s partnership with Porter is stronger with every new destination added.
Orlando will be Toronto Pearson’s second largest transborder market this winter and with heightened demand to Florida Porter’s daily service will add 8 per cent more seats between the two markets, according to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
“Porter’s direct flight service to Orlando provides a new option for travellers to more easily get to the theme park capital of the world,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO for Visit Orlando. “The timing is ideal, ahead of winter travel, giving Canadians the opportunity to soak up the sunshine this winter and beyond.”
The new routes give passengers from Florida the opportunity to travel onwards to Western Canada destinations, with connections available to cities including Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
“With Porter‘s new service, Orlando International can offer passengers even more choices to visit Orlando’s popular theme parks and fascinating destinations like Toronto and Ottawa,” said Kevin J. Thibault, CEO, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “We are glad to have Porter join our airline family and look forward to many journeys ahead.”
Porter also added Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from Toronto and Ottawa with inaugural flights taking off at the end of November.