Porter Airlines announces Pearson-YOW route with its new Embraer aircraft

Embraer E195-E2 aircraft
Flights between Toronto and Ottawa will showcase the airline's new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. Photo provided

Porter Airlines will fly four times a day from Toronto to Ottawa with its new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, the airline announced Thursday. The flights to Ottawa International Airport (YOW) will be based out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

“As Porter’s inaugural destination in 2006, YOW is thrilled to be part of their Embraer E195-E2 introduction,” said Mark Laroche, Ottawa International Airport Authority president and CEO, in a news release. 

“With construction of Porter’s YOW-based maintenance hangar well under way, plus the resulting air service growth, this carrier’s commitment to YOW is unprecedented. Not only do Porter’s next-generation jets add to their flying refined experience, YOW’s future is bright with this aircraft being an integral part of it.”

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The four daily round-trip flights begin Feb. 1, 2023 with fares starting at $225. Porter will also fly from Pearson to Montreal and Vancouver with the Embraer E195-E2. 

Ottawa and Montreal were the first two destinations served when Porter started flying in 2006 from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with its Dash 8-400 aircraft. Montreal and Ottawa will continue playing important roles in Porter’s network as new destinations are introduced in 2023, the airline said. 

Porter’s order for up to 100 E195-E2s means additional routes in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean will be announced regularly, the airline said.

“Porter’s introduction of the E195-E2 provides the ability to operate throughout North America, including the west coast, better positioning us to serve the needs of many more business and leisure passengers,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “This investment introduces a new level of thoughtful service, unmatched by any other airline in North America. It will change the way passengers think about flying economy.”

Porter will continue to offer complimentary beer and wine and snacks, while the 132-seat E195-E2 will also offer free wifi and the option of fresh meals on longer flights. The new menu design will reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastics onboard, providing biodegradable cups and cutlery and eco-friendly packaging, the airline said. 

The E195-E2 is 65 per cent quieter and up to 25 per cent cleaner than previous-generation technology. It has the lowest fuel consumption per seat and per trip among 120- to 150-seat aircraft and is the quietest single-aisle jet flying today, the airline said. 

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