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Porter Airlines Adds Winnipeg to Its Route Network

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There’s a new airline coming to Winnipeg (YWG).

Toronto-based Porter Airlines has announced that it will be launching service to the Manitoba city for the first time on September 7, 2023.

“Winnipegers will soon have access to Porter’s elevated economy experience, an option that doesn’t exist in Winnipeg today,” said Kevin Jackson, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Porter Airlines. “Porter has been recognized as having the best cabin service in North America, and we provide that award-winning service to every passenger at highly competitive fares.”

Here are the details of Porter’s upcoming network expansion to Winnipeg.

Porter’s Winnipeg Flights Begin in September

Porter Airlines will touch down in Winnipeg for the first time in September 2023.

The airline will operate the new route between Toronto (YYZ) and Winnipeg (YWG) year-round with 2 daily flights according to the following schedule:

RouteDeparture Arrival 
YYZ-YWG10:05 a.m.11:41 a.m.
YYZ-YWG3:50 p.m.5:26 p.m.
YWG-YYZ2:30 p.m.3:55 p.m
YWG-YYZ6:20 p.m.9:45 p.m.

Rather than serving Winnipeg from the airline’s “home base” airport at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), Porter opted for Pearson (YYZ) — the city’s main international airport.

Winnipeg to Toronto
Map of Porter Airlines’ new double-daily service connecting Winnipeg to Toronto-Pearson. Image Credit: Great Circle Mapper

As the sixth airline to operate daily nonstop service between the 2 airports, Porter hopes that its renowned inflight service and an economy experience that’s a cut above the rest will be enough to woo passengers away from the competition.

The airline’s fleet of 132-seat Embraer E195 aircraft will operate the route.

In the front, there are 16 so-called PorterReserve seats. Similar to a domestic first-class experience in the U.S., passengers sitting here enjoy up to 6 extra inches of legroom, priority boarding, and a hot meal on flights of more than 2 hours (such as this new service between Toronto and Winnipeg).

The cheapest one-way fare we’re seeing is just $64 — though these fares don’t come with a carry-on or checked bag included.

Bottom Line:

Porter is slowly but surely expanding its small regional network further across Canada. Recent announcements include the addition of service between Ottawa and Vancouver and plans for a new hub at Montreal’s Saint-Hubert Airport.

Final Thoughts

It’s great to see a small airline like Porter Airlines launch service to a new city in a competitive market.

Here’s to the airline’s continued growth and even more connectivity for Canadians!

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Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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