Stephenville airport lands Porter Airlines service

Frank Gale fgale@thewesternstar.com
Published on April 24, 2014
Photo courtesy of Porter Airlines

Mary Lambert is welcoming the news Porter Airlines is introducing seasonal service between Stephenville and Halifax from June 28 to Aug. 31.
The airline will operate weekly round-trip service, with a flight departing from Halifax at 4:55 p.m. on Saturdays and landing at 6:35 p.m. in Stephenville. The return flight departs Stephenville on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and arrives in Halifax at 10:25 a.m. local time.

“This is really good news that we have a connection to the mainland (Canada). All my kids are away and it’s great for them coming home to visit or me going to visit them,” Lambert said after hearing the news.

Lambert, who is executive director with the Long Range Community Business Development Corp. and a member of the Stephenville Rotary Club, said she likes the fact she will have easier access to connecting to other points outside the province directly from her hometown.

She said the flight times are workable and it’s great the flights are on a weekend, making it convenient for a person going on a trip for a week or two.

“I’ll be certainly letting my kids know about this,” she said. “Hopefully this seasonal service will work out well and become a year-round thing.”

Brenda Martin, Stephenville Airport manager, said she was extremely excited to announce the news.

“The people of Bay St. George have been asking for Porter, dreaming of Porter, wanting Porter and now they have the opportunity to support Porter at Stephenville Airport,” she said.

Stephenville is Porter’s fourth destination in Atlantic Canada, with flights already operating from Halifax, Moncton and St. John’s.

Martin said this new schedule is more conveniently timed to meet the demands of the summer peak traffic.

“Landing Porter in Stephenville has been a long-term goal and a key element of our strategy for sustainability. Additional routes are a key step in growing our airport to meet future demand,” she said.

Robert Deluce, president and chief executive officer of Porter Airlines, said in a news release that as the only scheduled service between Stephenville and Halifax, the company will be able to offer passengers an easier, more affordable flight option than anything currently available.

“Porter offers a stress-free approach to air travel that I believe Stephenville will embrace,” he said.

Terry French, minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, said the access to Halifax and its connecting routes will be of great benefit to the Stephenville region and have a significant impact on reducing travel time.

Joyce Carter, president and chief operating officer of the Halifax International Airport Authority, said Porter has played a significant role in connecting Halifax to Newfoundland and Labrador and the authority is pleased to see that connection strengthened with this new service.

The airline will offer introductory one-way fares beginning at $163, including all fees and taxes. Flights are now available for booking.

 

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