Porter Airlines is adding a new twist to its
controversial bid to bring jets to Toronto’s island airport, putting a
second option on the table that calls for extending its main runway
further into Lake Ontario, a move it says will reduce noise.
The new plans, outlined in a letter to city officials
sent Tuesday and obtained by The Globe and Mail, proposes adding another
32 metres to both ends of the runway, extending it a total of 200 metres
into the lake on either side. Lengthening the runway, the letter states,
“allows for improved noise abatement procedures, including using less
power on take-off.” The original proposal called for a 168-metre
extension into the water at each end.
ARLINGTON, Va. – ARC announced today that Porter Airlines (PD), a
Toronto-based regional carrier, has joined ARC to extend the carrier’s
reach into the U.S. market by leveraging ARC’s 14,000 affiliated travel
agencies, ticket settlement system, and technology solutions. As an ARC
participating carrier, Porter can now quickly expand its services and
provide more air travel options to the U.S. travel agency community.
“Porter has defined itself with customers by focusing on innovation and
service, and emphasizing premium amenities at no added cost to the
customer,” said Michael Deluce, executive vice president and chief
commercial officer at Porter Airlines. “This agreement with ARC allows
us to expand our reach among U.S. travel agents, allowing more
passengers to benefit from the Porter experience.”
Mike Premo, ARC’s president and CEO, commented, “We are extremely
pleased to welcome Porter Airlines to the ARC family of carriers. U.S.
travel agencies look to us for the ability to ticket efficiently on
airlines that matter to their customers. We believe that Porter’s
growing presence in the U.S. combined with ARC participation will
benefit them, agents, and the traveling public. All of us at ARC look
forward to working with them.”