Airline says it chose Waterloo as its southern Ontario base rather than Toronto because smaller terminals “offer a better, more seamless and hassle-free alternative for regional travel.”
After being at less than 10 per cent of pre-COVID levels earlier in the year, passenger volumes at YOW have climbed to within 50 per cent of their 2019 totals.
It’s the first time in 15 years that the carrier will offer service between the nation’s capital and the Toronto Island airport.
Toronto-based carrier says it will start flying to 11 destinations in Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic in November, with weekly flights running until March or April 2022.
New flights begin almost a year after PAL originally said it planned to start serving Ottawa.
Canadian budget carrier said Thursday it will begin flying from YOW to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas and Orlando at the end of October.
Toronto-based carrier announced it will restart its operations in phases, with Ottawa among four Canadian cities where Porter will initially resume flights on Sept. 8.
Move should come as welcome news to the Ottawa Airport, which is facing the biggest cash crunch in its history during the pandemic.
Airport boss Mark Laroche says he’s still awaiting word on when the feds will reopen the terminal to direct flights from U.S. and international destinations.
Ottawa International Airport Authority CEO Mark Laroche didn’t sugar-coat the impact of the pandemic on the facility’s bottom line.