Porter Expands in Ottawa to Service a Growing Fleet | New
Canadian regional carrier Porter Airlines is expanding with a C$65 million ($48.2 million) facilities upgrade at Ottawa International Airport.
Porter and the Ottawa International Airport Authority are building two airport hangars covering approximately 13,935 square meters (150,000 square feet) to accommodate the carrier’s growing fleet of new Embraer E195-E2s and older De Havilland Dash 8-400, the airline announced Nov. 1. .
The airline is planning a major North American expansion with up to 100 E195-E2s on order, in addition to its 29 Dash 8-400s.
“Porter’s impending introduction of the E195-E2 to its fleet enables it to operate throughout North America, including the West Coast, Southern United States, Mexico and the Caribbean,” said the airline company.
Based at Toronto’s secondary Billy Bishop airport, Porter will make Ottawa its maintenance center for Embraer airframes and hire some 200 local employees. Meanwhile, the project will support around 150 construction jobs, according to the company.
The hangars are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2024 and will be supported by a fleet of predominantly electric vehicles for aircraft towing and servicing.
As part of the project, the Ottawa International Airport Authority will construct a $15 million taxiway in the north sector of the airport and associated infrastructure. The thoroughfare is designed to support the hangar development project as well as the needs of the federal government, and possibly other commercial developments.
“Ottawa has been a key location for Porter throughout our history and the multi-million dollar facilities we are building to service aircraft here are just the latest example of our desire to make a significant investment in the region. the capital of Canada,” said Porter Chief Michael Deluce. executive.
“We expect our presence in Ottawa to grow over the next few years, supported by the maintenance base and future aircraft deliveries that allow us to consider new routes,” he adds.