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Porter Airlines opening Thunder Bay aircraft maintenance base

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎8, ‎2019, ‏‎45 minutes ago | Peter Muir

Provided by Porter Airlines Inc/CNW

THUNDER BAY, ON, Jan. 8, 2019 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is opening an aircraft maintenance base at Thunder Bay International Airport, as of February 2019. This development contributes to Porter servicing its fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400 aircraft and will create 18 jobs in the city. 

“Thunder Bay is an important location in Porter’s network,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “This latest investment in a maintenance base demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the community.”

Porter Airlines is opening an aircraft maintenance base at Thunder Bay International Airport, as of February 2019. This development contributes to Porter servicing its fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400 aircraft and will create 18 jobs in the city. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.) Porter Airlines is opening an aircraft maintenance base at Thunder Bay International Airport, as of February 2019. This development contributes to Porter servicing its fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400 aircraft and will create 18 jobs in the city. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)

Porter has recently made significant investments in Northern Ontario, including opening a base for pilots and flight attendants in Thunder Bay one year ago.

“This decision is excellent news for the city,” said Bill Mauro, Mayor of Thunder Bay. “It benefits the economy by introducing quality jobs and supports our airport as a regional hub for moving people and goods.” 

The maintenance base will be located in an existing hangar at the airport. Porter engineers will perform daily overnight maintenance on two aircraft that will return to service the following day.

“We greatly appreciate the continued confidence Porter has displayed in Thunder Bay,” said Ed Schmidtke, president and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority. “Since initiating service in 2009, Porter has consistently contributed to the airport’s growth by increasing flights, passenger volumes and local employment.”

Porter currently operates up to seven daily roundtrip flights between the city and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

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Good plan. No room to expand on “the island” and the harbour front condo dwellers will hold a party for Adam Vaughn. 

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Seems like only yesterday (2006), that the experts (and yes some where on this forum) predicted that Porter would be a short lived flash in the pan.  Some flash, some pan. 😀

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14 minutes ago, internet said:

Helps when you sell the airport for a half a billion

And your point is?   The Airport was not theirs to sell, just the terminal that they built up from nothing. 

Porter sells Billy Bishop terminal to Nieuport Aviation

Porter Aviation Holdings Inc., the owner of Porter Airlines, has sold its passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to a group of investors.

Airline will remain and expand on island airport, according to CEO

CBC News · Posted: Jan 27, 2015 4:19 PM ET | Last Updated: January 27, 2015

Porter Aviation Holdings Inc., the owner of Porter Airlines, has sold its passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to a group of investors.

The new owner of the island airport terminal will be Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners GP, a consortium of investors — including Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors.  

Porter Airlines plans to maintain and enhance its service at the airport in coming years, company officials said. 

Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Aviation Holdings, said the sale would help his company focus on its core airline business.

"Nieuport Aviation is a seasoned airport operator that will deliver exceptional service at the terminal and help build on the existing overall superior travel experience for passengers," he said.

Deluce previously stated he plans to expand Porter Airlines, which flies to 19 destinations in eastern Canada and the U.S. The proceeds of the terminal sale will reportedly help fund that expansion.

Billy Bishop is the ninth busiest airport in Canada, serving 2.4 million passengers in 2014.

The sale price of the terminal has not been disclosed, but is reported to be upwards of $750 million.

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FWIW, they built most of their operation with the money they got from suing over the cancellation of the bridge link. 

Edited by J.O.

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I think Deluce has done a stellar job with his airline and deserves much credit.

 

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12 hours ago, internet said:

Helps when you sell the airport for a half a billion

I think Deluce took a page from Air Canada’s playbook who once  owned a lot of real estate too but have sold almost everything just to stay alive. 

Edited by blues deville

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