Canada’s 3rd Largest Scheduled Carrier Chooses MLB as 1st Florida Gateway

Porter Airlines announces non-stop flights from Toronto starting
December 19

MELBOURNE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Famous for its premium passenger experience, Toronto-based Porter
Airlines announced this morning that it has selected Orlando
Melbourne International Airport (MLB)
as its first entry into the
Florida market. According to MLB Executive Director Greg Donovan, AAE,
this is a sign of things to come, and reflects the airport’s first
fulfillment of a commitment to bring more international tourism to the
region. “Canada is our top visitor market,” said Donovan. “We are a
concierge airport – connecting another concierge airport – with the
famous Porter experience.”

The weekly seasonal flights will commence December 19th from
Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ), located on an island in the heart
of Toronto, ensuring a shorter travel time to Toronto’s central business
and entertainment districts, and ensuring passengers avoid the stress of
colossal airports.

“We see this as a great opportunity to meet current requests that we
have for Florida flights and demonstrate the demand that exists for
Porter to serve the state in a more meaningful way long term,” said
Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines.

“This new service opens up a total of 8 Canadian markets for our
region,” said Eric Garvey, executive director of the Space Coast Office
of Tourism. They include Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie,
Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins and Windsor.

Orlando Melbourne International Airport is located on beachside Florida
and is the closest airport to Port Canaveral cruises, Space Coast
beaches, the Kennedy Space Center and a short drive to the world’s most
popular theme parks including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal
Studios Florida and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Canada’s largest city, Toronto encompasses one-fourth of the country’s
population and a whopping half of its nation’s wealth. “International
visitors stay longer, and Canadian tourists of this caliber inject more
discretionary funds into the local economy. And by flying via MLB, their
Florida vacation starts nearly immediately,” said Garvey.

Melbourne Airport Authority Chairman Bill Potter said, “It will be great
to see our vision for our international concourse fulfilled. We value
this opportunity to showcase our airport’s international capabilities.”

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Lori Booker, APR,