3 SEPTEMBER 2012
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The airline war for carriers between New York and Toronto took another turn last week when Porter Airways introduced a courtesy lounge adjacent to its regular gate at Newark Airport. The Canadian carrier operates up to 12 return flights daily to Toronto City downtown airport with 70-seat Bombardier Q400s. The lounge is open free of charge to all Porter passenger and features comfortable seating, wi-fi, cold beverages, specialty coffees and snacks.
There are numerous daily jet flights between New York’s three airports (Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark) and Toronto’s Lester Pearson International. Just like those to the lakeside operation they are scheduled around 1hr 30mins due to taxiing time on the ground being brought into the scenario. At Billy Bishop Airport (Toronto City) this is very limited and travel should be further speeded up when a pedestrian tunnel is completed. At present passengers arrive/depart via a short ferry ride. The centre of the city is just a few minutes away.
The airline already has a similar lounge at Toronto. It presently operates 24 Q400s. www.flyporter.com
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