Saint John Airport became the third airport in New Brunswick to offer Porter Airlines flights on 21 September, the day on which the carrier commenced daily services from Toronto City via Ottawa. Seen welcoming the inaugural crew on the apron are: Jacques Fournier, Director of Airport Commercial Development, St. John Airport; Derrick Stanford, President and CEO, Saint John Airport; and Paul Moreira, SVP and COO of Porter Airlines.
- Porter Airlines has now become the only airline to serve the three major cities of New Brunswick. On 21 September the carrier began a daily service from Toronto City (YTZ) to Saint John (YSJ), a route that will operate via Ottawa (YOW). Along with Saint John, the carrier already serves Moncton and Fredericton in New Brunswick, with the latter having launched just nine days earlier than the Saint John services. “We’re pleased to welcome Porter Airlines to our family of providers,” said Saint John Airport President and CEO Derrick Stanford at the carrier’s launch. “The continued growth and enhancement of the services we offer will allow Saint John Airport to cater to the needs and preferences of our community, as well as the more than 250,000 passengers who travel through our airport every year.” While no direct competition is provided on the 1,090-kilometre link between Toronto City and Saint John, it should be noted that Air Canada already provides a three times daily link between Toronto Pearson and the New Brunswick airport. There is also no direct competition on the 764-kilometre link between Ottawa and Saint John.