Porter to start flying to Washington in April

By Frederic Tomesco

Porter Airlines Inc., the Canadian carrier that specializes in short-haul flights, will add a sixth U.S. destination when it begins flying to the Washington, D.C., area in three months.

Porter will operate as many as three daily round-trip flights between Dulles International Airport in Virginia and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, starting April 16, according to a statement released Wednesday.

“Greater Washington is a region that our passengers have told us is their number one priority for new Porter service,” chief executive Robert Deluce said in the statement. “We expect great interest for both business and leisure trips and look forward to bringing competition to the route.”

Founded in 2006, Toronto-based Porter carried a record 2.1 million passengers last year, the closely held company said in a statement on Jan. 5. The five current U.S. destinations of the airline, which uses Bombardier Inc. Q400 turboprop planes, are Boston; Chicago; Newark, New Jersey; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Burlington, Vermont.

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