Porter Airlines’ Inaugural Flight Set To Arrive At Melbourne International Airport Saturday
By Space Coast Daily // December 18, 2015
Inaugural Flight Scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – With a fully-staffed and outfitted 40,000 sq. ft. customs facility, Orlando Melbourne International Airport welcomes Porter Airlines’ inaugural flight into Florida at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19.
Orlando Melbourne International Airport is considered the beachside airport for the Orlando theme park region.
“It was an honor to be selected for Porter’s entry into the world’s largest tourism area,” said Greg Donovan, AAE, executive director of the airport.
Orlando Melbourne International Airport reflects the region’s coastal personality and is closest to beaches, Port Canaveral cruises and the Kennedy Space Center.
Walt Disney World parks and Universal Studios Florida are all within reach, allowing visitors to easily mix sunny days at the beach with nights at the parks.
“Porter’s arrival into Florida will be celebrated statewide,” said Eric Garvey, executive director of Space Coast Office of Tourism.
“Canadian visitors represent our largest segment of tourists. Porter’s commitment signals to other airlines that we have arrived on the international tourism scene. It’s a sign of things to come.”
Porter is one of the most passenger-focused, award-winning airlines in the industry, with a ‘flying refined’ approach. Its premium passenger experience includes leather seats, complimentary beer and wine, and airport lounge access.
“Orlando Melbourne is now our most southern destination. This route provides a convenient connection between downtown Toronto and a part of Florida that lacked international air service until now,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines.
The seasonal Porter flights depart Toronto at 10:20 a.m. and depart from Central Florida at 3:45 p.m.
With a powerful assist from Senator Nelson and his staff, along with Congressman Posey’s office, Orlando Melbourne International Airport is now capable of processing more than 400 passengers an hour.
“We are grateful to Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman Bill Posey and their staffs for their timely yeoman effort critical to processing international flights of this caliber,” said Jack Ryals, chairman of the Melbourne Airport Authority.
The airport also expressed gratitude for the cooperation and partnership of the Customs and Border Protection teams both here and in Washington, D.C., with great regard to Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Wagner, and local Port Canaveral officials Eddie Oliveros and Jeannie Anderson Davis.