Porter Airlines is a regional airline owned by Porter Aviation Holdings (formerly REGCO Holdings Inc). Its headquarters are based at Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto, Canada. The airline has a fleet of 29 vessels, predominantly comprised of Canadian-built Bombardier Q-400 craft.
The airline connects 15 domestic cities in Canada and nine cities in the US. It has an interline agreement with seven other carriers, including JetBlue, Icelandair, Qatar Airways, and more. You can, therefore, expect Porter to start your international journey, then shift to a secondary flight provider along the way to reach cities that the company does not cover.
Porter's fleet of 26 aircraft consists of 18 Bombardier Dash and 8 Q400 NextGen planes. All the aircraft is exclusively for short-haul journeys.
Porter Airlines consists of a fleet of planes designed with comfortable leather seats in Economy Class cabin. Porter Airlines has no Business Class. For a memorable travel experience, its cabin crew offers free wine and alcoholic drinks, such as beer, served in glassware. They also serve snacks, water, and coffee at their headquarters in Toronto. Porter's short-haul flights do not include in-flight entertainment in the form of videos, audios, or any other type of game.
The fleets feature 76 seats arranged in a 2-2 configuration. All seats are padded and come with 32"" pitch and sizable legroom. Dash 8-400 crafts come in the height of about 8.4m and cabin aisle height of approximately 1.95 m. They are the quietest fleet of turboprops today.
Initially, flyers with Porter Airlines enjoyed more extended lounge services at the company's base at Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto. The amenities included ambiance and relaxing bar services, local and international delicacies, charging points, complimentary WiFi, and a lot more. However, after the renovation of the port in 2015, Neuroport--another lounge service provider in the city--took over all its lounge operations. Passengers in Porter planes can now enjoy the previous services at either Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
You can check-in for Porter Airlines Flights through three main methods:
Online check-in is the most convenient. All you need is to access the company's website and print the boarding pass or save it as a QR code on your phone or mobile device. Alternatively, you can choose to print the pass at the check-in counter.
Kiosk check-ins are available for passengers' en route to Canada only. They are the most widely used.
The company also allows passengers to check-in at the airport. All the checked bags must be tagged at the checked-in counter. Otherwise, you are free to purchase additional ticket(s) when using either of the three types of check-ins.
All online check-ins are done 24 hours before the scheduled departure time. However, for kiosks and airport check-ins, you must present yourself at the check-in counters with your baggage 60 minutes to the departure time.
Porter Airlines allows one carry-on bag and one personal item per passenger free of charge. The Porter Airlines Baggage Policy for regular fares include the following:
One particular item - Free of charge
Checked baggage / Hold luggage - The company charges more depending on the number of bags checked.
Carry-on Baggage x 1 pc (up to 9 kg /20 lb)
Checked Baggage x 2 pc (up to 23 kg/ 50 lb)
Porter Airline charges on carry-on baggage vary, depending on the type of ticket fare purchased. If you fly on a standard ticket, you will move in with only one personal item. Anything more is classified as checked baggage, hence payable for. In addition to that, the personal item should measure 43cm x 16cm x 33cm maximum. The baggage should not weigh more than 23 kg (50lb)
Overweight and Oversize bags - The company charges more depending on the weight and size of bags checked. Check online for exact measurements and up to date prices.
Sports equipment - Certain items might have applicable fees: see above
Porter prides itself on being a family-friendly airline. Passengers traveling with small children are allowed one stroller and one children’s car seat free of charge, as well as an additional piece of hand luggage if it contains baby items such as diapers.