Porter Airlines has opened its second passenger lounge at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ, often known as Toronto City Centre Airport or Toronto Island Airport).
The airline says it has constructed the new lounge to support increasing passenger numbers as part of a 150,000-square-foot, C$49 million terminal development project.
Porter’s second lounge at YTZ is equipped with various features and free amenities standard to all Porter Airlines lounges. Passengers can relax in comfortable and stylish seating accompanied by complimentary wireless Internet access, or work at business work stations equipped with iMac computers. All Porter passengers have access to complimentary coffee, cappuccinos, lattés, teas, soft drinks and snacks from the self-serve café.
“Opening the second passenger lounge positions Porter and Toronto City Airport for planned growth, and demonstrates our commitment to providing passengers with superior service,” says Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “The airport’s success is creating the need for infrastructure enhancements, such as the new lounge. Porter’s investment in the new terminal will support approximately 1.4 million passengers in 2010.”
The new lounge space accommodates passengers flying within Canada, while the pre-existing lounge is now exclusive to those traveling to the U.S. The modern lounges are free of charge, and open to all departing passengers with a valid boarding pass.
The terminal design makes it easy for passengers to move through the airport or transfer between connecting flights. Remaining elements of the development include the installation of three permanent aircraft gates and the provision of food service and retail space.
Building partners for the terminal are design architect Scott Associates Architects Inc., interior designer figure3, and lead contractor The Maple Reinders Group.
Porter Airlines is Canada’s third-largest scheduled carrier (not including Jazz Air LP, which operates on behalf of Air Canada) and is based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline in the World Airline Star Rating by Skytrax. Passengers receive complimentary services on the ground and in the air, including free in-flight wine, beer and premium snacks. Porter operates a fleet of 20 Bombardier Q400 and Q400 NextGen fast-turboprop regional airliners.
The airline currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Newark, Chicago Midway, and Boston Logan year-round. Porter Airlines also offers seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Quebec and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.