Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Review: Porter Airlines' Ultimate Convenience

Yes!  Fly via Porter Airlines on your short air travel to Canada and the U.S. Their standard of service is amazing. Their brand promise "flying refined" is all in there. It's seamless!

Photo Credit:  Porter Airlines
It was my first trip to Sault Saint Marie in Ontario. The purpose of my travel is to experience the taste of the breathtaking view of Agawa Canyon in Algoma.

I normally take the Via Rail on my local journey which is equally convenient, but because the train has no route to this city, I used Porter Airlines instead.  I'd been hearing good reviews of this airline from friends and colleagues months back, so I thought this is the chance for me to give it a try.

To support my good impression of Porter's services and my decision to rate them a high score, I am giving you the reasons why I will be flying with this airline again and again in the future. These are very detailed information that I want to share with you based on my experience. It is easy to understand.  Here we go....

Easy to make flight reservation.  Honestly, it took me barely 15 minutes to book a round trip flight.  Porter Airlines website is user-friendly.

Be a member of VIPorter. I must remind you to register with Porter Airlines' frequent flyer programme prior to making flight reservation. You will earn points towards an award flight to anywhere in Canada and the U.S. Isn't that a good start?

Free Shuttle Bus. Yes, this is complimentary. I headed to downtown Toronto and took the bus parked at the west end of The Fairmont Royal York Hotel situated at the north-east corner of Front and York streets just across the Union Train Station. The shuttle bus leaves on the dot with free WiFi onboard. Check Porter Airlines' website for updated location

Free Ferry Ride. As soon as you get off the shuttle bus, you will be directed to a ferry ride that will take you to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport departure area. The airport is located on an island in Toronto harbour, just a few minutes ferry ride, the world's shortest scheduled ferry run.

Checking in is easy.  If you are flying to Canada or the U.S., half an hour to an hour checking in your luggages before your flights is fast and smooth.  Please be reminded that you need a government issued Identification Card (ID) when checking in. Passengers travelling to and from the U.S. are required to present a valid passport.

Auto Check-in has done it for you. Really.  You do not need to check in if you do not have check-in luggages and have only the carry-on bag with you. Proceed to the security formalities upon arrival at the airport.

The airline will send you Boarding Passes for your outbound and inbound flights through your email. All you have to do is print a paper copy before heading to the airport and before boarding.  Reminder: Present your government-issued Identification Card (ID) with your Boarding Pass.

Free Breakfast after Security Check. I am not sure if the airline still offer free breakfast as of this review update. If they are, this is another plus point. Check online or call Porter Airlines to confirm.

My flight was early at 9:15a.m. so I did not have my breakfast before leaving my home.  I headed to the lounge/restaurant with a number of breakfast tables and chairs.  I was treated with assorted bakery items and cereals with beverage options, including juices, Starbucks coffee, Tazo teas, and pop/soft drinks. It is unlimited, meaning, all you can eat. Enjoy it!

Todate, the airlines offer free beer, wine and snacks for onboard service though. More information on refreshments are detailed below.

Free Wi-Fi.  Yes, you can avail of the internet connection while in the lounge having breakfast.  This is a good chance to do unfinished tasks online while waiting to board the aircraft.

Spacious Seats.  Though my trip lasts for a little over an hour, it is good to mention here that the seats are very comfortable.  More room for your legs to stretch freely.

Refreshments is served on-board. Few minutes after take off, you will be served with complimentary drinks and snacks.  Coffee, tea, juices and pops are some of your choices for beverages.

Flight Attendants are very pleasant. I like their uniform.  It's pretty cool. They all look dignified. Let's not forget the Ground Staff. They are fast and efficient...and polite.

Quick Baggage Claim. As soon as you disembarked, you will be able to pick your luggages in the conveyor after a few minutes.  There is no wasted time.

All the information I provided here are based solely on my experience with the airlines.  For specific and updated information on your Porter Airlines' experience, you may check their website below.

My first experience with Porter Airlines' meets my standard. Can I ask for more?

Category:Transportation/Airline
Name of Transport: Porter Airlines
Address: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.flyporter.com
Rate: 10  

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Freddie Miranda
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