WINNIPEG – There is still a long way to go before Toronto-based Porter Airlines is a permanent fixture at Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport.
The carrier tested out our city over the weekend for the Liberal Policy Convention. A pair of round trip flights made their way to and from Ottawa as well as Toronto.
“From all accounts (the flights) were well attended, in fact (Porter) said some of them were sold out,” said Vice President of Winnipeg Airports Authority, Pascal Belanger.
He does add, however that while the reviews were good, there is still work to be done.
“We continue to have conversations with them, we seem to be on their radar, but I think there is still some work to be done before they come here on a permanent basis,” said Belanger.
Porter operates a fleet of 26 planes that fly out of Toronto’s downtown island airport.
Belanger is optimistic we will eventually see their planes flying in and out of Winnipeg.
“This is something that has always been on our list from the airport’s perspective to see a carrier like Porter flying here, but of course we got to find a way to make it work with them as well.”