Toronto-based Porter Airlines is landing in Victoria later this summer.
Starting Sept. 20, roundtrip Porter flights will depart Victoria International Airport (YYJ) for Toronto Person International Airport (YYZ) and vice versa.
In an announcement Tuesday, the airline says introductory roundtrip fairs start at $476, with flights leaving Toronto at 10:55 a.m. and arriving in Victoria at 1:04 p.m. before leaving Victoria at 2 p.m. and arriving in Toronto at 9:31 p.m.
Porter’s Embraer E195E2 aircraft will be servicing the route.
“We are truly pleased to see Porter add new Victoria-Toronto service,” said Geoff Dickson, president and CEO of the Victoria Airport Authority, in a release.
“The new E195-E2 aircraft and Porter’s exceptional service offering is a welcome addition to the Victoria market. We appreciate the new service and look forward to working with them to ensure the route’s success.”
Destination Greater Victoria, the region’s non-profit destination marketing organization, says the new service “will benefit travellers visiting Victoria for conferences, business, and business-leisure purposes.”
The 132-seat planes, touted by Porter as the “quietest single-aisle jet flying today,” only have window or aisle seating, and the company says complimentary wifi and free beer, wine and snacks will also be on board.
“Victoria is a great addition to our network and provides easy access to Vancouver Island,” added Porter Airlines executive vice president Kevin Jackson. “Our emphasis is on high-quality service for every passenger — regardless of their fare class.”
B.C.’s capital is the airline’s second destination in western Canada, as it already flies to Vancouver with stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
More information about Porter, including destinations and flight bookings, is online here.