Canada’s Porter Airlines Brings International Flights To Melbourne Airport
By Space Coast Daily // September 14, 2015
flights will commence December 19
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Famous for its premium passenger experience, Toronto-based Porter Airlines announced this morning that it has selected Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) as its first entry into the Florida market.
According to MLB Executive Director Greg Donovan, AAE, this is a sign of things to come, and reflects the airport’s first fulfillment of a commitment to bring more international tourism to the region.
The weekly seasonal flights will commence December 19 from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ), located on an island in the heart of Toronto, ensuring a shorter travel time to Toronto’s central business and entertainment districts, and ensuring passengers avoid the stress of colossal airports.
“Canada is our top visitor market,” said Donovan.
“We are a concierge airport – connecting another concierge airport – with the famous Porter experience.
“It will be great to see our vision for our international concourse fulfilled. We value this opportunity to showcase our airport’s international capabilities.”
Orlando Melbourne International Airport is located on beachside Florida and is the closest airport to Port Canaveral cruises, Space Coast beaches, the Kennedy Space Center and a short drive to the world’s most popular theme parks including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios Florida and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
“We see this as a great opportunity to meet current requests that we have for Florida flights and demonstrate the demand that exists for Porter to serve the state in a more meaningful way long term,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines.
Canada’s largest city, Toronto encompasses one-fourth of the country’s population and a whopping half of its nation’s wealth.
“This new service opens up a total of eight Canadian markets for our region,” said Eric Garvey, executive director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism.
“They include Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins and Windsor.
“International visitors stay longer, and Canadian tourists of this caliber inject more discretionary funds into the local economy. And by flying via MLB, their Florida vacation starts nearly immediately,” said Garvey.
Owned by Porter Aviation Holdings, formerly known as REGCO Holdings Inc., Porter operates regularly scheduled flights between Toronto and locations in Canada and the United States using Canadian-built Bombardier Dash-8 Q 400 turboprop aircraft.
Melbourne Airport Authority Chairman Bill Potter said, “It will be great to see our vision for our international concourse fulfilled. We value this opportunity to showcase our airport’s international capabilities.”