Porter Opens Local Crew Base In YQT, Adds 7th Daily Flight

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Porter Airlines is significantly investing in Thunder Bay, Ont., adding flights and officially opening a new crew base for pilots and flight attendants.

The base grand opening received an added dose of excitement when the airline announced that it is increasing its schedule, with up to seven daily roundtrip flights to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. There will be as many as 45 weekly flights, beginning 12APR.

“Thunder Bay is among our busiest destinations,” said PD CEO Robert Deluce. “Our decision to base crew here and add flights allows us to better serve this growing market and attract team members who value the northern lifestyle.”

Twenty crew members are already established at the base and will begin operating flights this week. They represent a variety of backgrounds, including Porter team members transferring from other bases, crew with previous aviation experience already living in the city and those moving from other locations in Canada.

A total of 40 crew members will eventually be located in YQT as hiring and training progresses during the year. PD says it’s the first crew base in Northern Ontario for any large commercially-scheduled airline.

“The establishment of a Porter crew base places over 40 well-paying aviation jobs into the Thunder Bay economy,” said Ed Schmidtke, president and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Inc. “The airport authority appreciates the confidence Porter has demonstrated in Thunder Bay through the crew base and the additional frequency.”  

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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