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Porter puts $45m into new TCCA terminal

27th April 2009 - 17:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Porter Airlines is investing more than $45 million in a new 150,000 sq.ft. passenger terminal at Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA), laying the foundation for significant growth as the carrier continues adding flights, creating jobs and contributing to economic growth.

Phase one of the terminal will open in November 2009, and will include passenger facilities, aircraft gates and office space. The full facility, including 10 bridged aircraft gates, US and Canadian customs, and two passenger lounges will be completed in the spring of 2010.

Also included will be a mix of retail, food services, duty-free, car rentals and other services. Standard complimentary Porter amenities, including business centers, lounge-style seating, beverages and Wi-Fi will be enhanced in the new building.

“Porter’s new terminal is a concrete sign of Toronto City Centre Airport’s revitalisation and our long-term commitment to providing customer-focused service and added competition for air travellers,” said Don Carty, chairman of Porter Airlines.

Three hundred immediate infrastructure jobs, plus the long-term benefit of more than 1,000 direct Porter jobs, are contributing significantly to Toronto’s economic development at this critical time. More than 1 million passengers will be using the terminal annually by 2010, with the facility supporting Porter’s growth up to 20 aircraft and beyond.

“We are proud as a private company to be investing in the future of Toronto and all of our passengers with this project,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “This building is a testament to all of our employees’ hard work and everyone who believed this airport could support convenient, competitive airline service.”

Scott Associates Architects is the design architect for the terminal, with figure3 providing interior design services. The Maple Reinders Group is the lead terminal contractor.

Porter is more than doubling its fleet to 18 Bombardier Q400s in 2009. Significantly increased frequency on its primary Montreal–Toronto and Ottawa–Toronto routes, new service to Thunder Bay, Ontario, beginning on 26 June, and additional US destinations, all feature in Porter’s short-term growth plans.

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