Westjet undercuts competition on Canada’s busiest route

Canada’s two biggest cities may only be around 500 kilometres apart but that does not stop it being Canada’s busiest air route. Air Canada operates up to 23 daily flights with a variety of equipment, while low-cost rival Westjet operates seven daily 737 flights between Montreal’s Trudeau airport and Toronto’s Lester B Pearson airport. Newcomer Porter Airlines operates nine daily flights from Trudeau to Toronto City airport using Q400s.

This week’s fare analysis looks at day return fares for the next two weeks leaving Montreal at around 08:00 and departing Toronto at around 17:30 later the same day.

Chart: Montreal - Toronto Day return fares
Source: Airline websites on Monday 3rd September
All fares quoted in Canadian Dollars (1.00 CAD = 0.95 USD, 1.00 CAD = 0.70 EUR, 1.00 CAD = 0.47 GBP). Green shaded period is Saturday/Sunday.

As might be expected Westjet offers significantly lower fares than either of its rivals. Porter’s business orientated schedule does not allow a convenient day return trip at weekends.

Image: Porter speaker
I’ll say that again: Porter’s peak period fares are not that much more than those of Air Canada and operate very close to Toronto’s downtown area. Only for travel booked at very short notice is there a significant premium for flying with Porter.

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