With high demand, Porter increases capacity on eight routes out of YOW

Porter Airlines

In response to high demand in Ottawa, Porter Airlines is increasing capacity on eight routes from the nation’s capital to key destinations in Canada and the U.S. for the spring and summer. 

“Porter’s extraordinary growth and sustained success underscore the opportunity for YOW to establish itself as a priority airport within their expanding network,” said Mark Laroche, president and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “The implementation of double daily service is crucial for enhancing connectivity and YOW is well-positioned to reap significant advantages in this regard.”

Porter currently operates 35 daily departures and 15 nonstop routes from Ottawa, including its most recent addition of Ottawa-Winnipeg

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To increase capacity, service to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary will increase to twice daily, less than a year after these routes were launched. 

The company also said it will double service from Ottawa to Fredericton, Moncton and Boston to provide two daily roundtrip flights. Service to New York will also increase to three daily roundtrip flights from two. 

For the Ottawa-Halifax route, seat capacity will increase in April 2024 when Porter swaps the Dash 8-400 for the 132-seat Embraer E195-E2. 

“Ottawa is a key part of our Eastern Canada network and our presence at the airport will continue to grow,” said Kevin Jackson, Porter’s executive vice-president and chief commercial officer, in a release. 

Porter’s future plans include building two new aircraft hangars totalling 150,000 square feet, a $65-million project that was announced in November 2022. The facility will be the primary maintenance base for the Embraer E195-E2 fleet and support maintenance of the De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft. It’s also expected to employ hundreds of workers. 

“It is a key piece of infrastructure in growing air service in the region and will create 200 permanent, full-time jobs at the Ottawa airport,” Porter said in the release. “The first phase of the hangar will be complete this year.”

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