Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Porter flies into Washington D.C.

TORONTO — Porter Airlines says it will begin flying into Washington Dulles International Airport on April 16.

It will be the sixth U.S. destination for the Canadian carrier, with as many as three daily round-trip flights operating between Dulles and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

Jack Potter, the president and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said Dulles airport is an international gateway not only to Washington, but also to a significant part of the eastern seaboard.

"We are looking forward to welcoming Porter Airlines to our family of airlines providing extensive international service to the Greater Washington Metropolitan Region," he said.

Porter's president and CEO Robert Deluce said clients have told the airline that the Greater Washington region was their No. 1 priority for new Porter service.

"We expect great interest for both business and leisure trips and look forward to bringing competition to the route," he said in the statement.

On weekdays, the flights are expected to leave Toronto at 7 a.m., 1:55 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Other U.S. destinations served by Porter Airlines include New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway) and Boston (Logan), as well as seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Burlington, Vt.

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