On my recent trip to Toronto for the Travel Blog Exchange, I flew Porter Airlines for the first time. A friend of mine had recommended this small airline, which flies into Toronto City Airport rather than the larger Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Flying Porter Airlines
As soon as I visited the Porter Airlines website, I knew they were different from the other airlines I’ve flown. Not only were the prices better than any other flights to Toronto, the whimsical website indicates a more modern approach to flying. My flight was a great price, although to choose a firm seat assignment I would have had to pay an additional fee (depending on the fare you’ve booked). I indicated my aisle seat preference in my VIPorter account (their frequent flyer program), and received an aisle seat on both my flights. I wasn’t charged a baggage fee for my checked bag, although that’s usually the case for an international flight.
Porter flies through a few gates in Boston Logan’s Terminal E. Since I had an early morning flight, the terminal was quiet. I easily boarded the flight and was greeted by the friendly flight attendants. Wine and beer are complimentary on Porter flights, although I chose only water for my 9am flight. Snacks are also available.
The flight to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is less than two hours from Boston. We landed, passed through customs, and then immediately headed to the ferry over to the mainland. There is currently a walking path across the island under construction – the ferry ride only takes about 2 minutes in total. It was easy to catch a cab to the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, and there’s a complimentary shuttle that takes you downtown.
On the return trip back to Boston, I was impressed that Porter Airlines checks guests in automatically. I used the kiosk at the airport to print out my boarding pass and then easily checked my bag. I arrived early enough to enjoy the airport lounge, which offers guests complimentary snacks, soda, coffee, water, and tea. There are also lots of comfy leather seats and free WiFi is available.
To learn more about Porter Airlines, visit their website.