MELBOURNE, FL (September 12, 2016) – Toronto travelers have discovered the ease of nonstop travel to Florida cruises, beaches and attractions via Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) and Porter Airlines is responding with a near 50% increase in flights and seat capacity.
Beginning on December 10, Porter is offering nonstop flights from Toronto City Airport (YTZ) and MLB, increasing to twice-weekly service from February 15 through March 22 to the beautiful seacoast destination.
Additionally, Porter is adding midweek flights on Wednesdays during the high tourism season, and double flights on Saturdays during the Canadian March Break. Introductory ticket prices are available via www.FlyPorter.com and special packages at www.PorterEscapes.com.
“This is welcome news for Canadian travelers,” said Greg Donovan, AAE, executive director of Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB). “Based on a strong start last year, Porter Airlines is responding with an earlier start and more flights. New mid-week flights will provide our Canadian visitors with a quadrupling of itinerary options allowing for shorter and longer stays in our beautiful tropical paradise.”
Porter Airlines was recently featured in Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the top ten airlines in the world. They provide a premium passenger experience, with spacious leather seating as well as complimentary wine and beer in the air.
Tourism officials applaud the news. “Toronto is an important market for tourists coming to central Florida, and Porter Airlines is meeting the pent up travel demand for premier nonstop service between Toronto and Melbourne on Florida’s Space Coast,” said Eric Garvey, executive director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism. “There’s no better –or quicker- way to travel to the best beaches and attractions Florida has to offer. We are proud to be a Porter destination and look forward to a partnership for many years to come.”
“Our partnership with Porter Airlines and the TDC is providing a 50% return in increased seats for our Canadian visitors. We promised Porter Airlines that we would prove to be a great alternative to congested Florida airports, and we have obviously accomplished that objective,” said Jack Ryals, chairman of the Melbourne Airport Authority.
ABOUT ORLANDO MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MLB)
Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is the Atlantic coast gateway to Florida, and is the closest airport to one of the world’s top cruise ports, Port Canaveral, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and 72 miles of breathtaking beaches. About an hour from Orlando’s theme parks, it has nearly 500,000 passengers annually. MLB is served by Porter Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Baer Air and Elite Airways with 3 runways, a 200,000 sq. ft. terminal, and a 40,000 sq. ft. customs facility as part of FTZ #136. Airport tenants include Harris Corp. (world HQ), Embraer, Northrop Grumman, L3, General Dynamics, GE Transportation, Thales Group, Rockwell Collins and others. For more information, visit www.MLBair.com.
ABOUT PORTER AIRLINES
Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® and also rated as Best Regional Airline in North America by Skytrax.
The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston, Washington (Dulles), Pittsburgh and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Stephenville, N.L., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Burlington, Vt., and Orlando-Melbourne, Fla. Vacation packages are available from Porter Escapes at www.porterescapes.com. Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.
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