Porter: It needs support to succeed

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A good news announcement for Stephenville airport this week as Porter Airlines introduced a seasonal service between Stephenville and Halifax.

While it’s far from daily, this schedule is being praised as it will give people who want to avail of it the opportunity to leave Stephenville at a decent hour and return at a decent hour.

It’s a two-month service from late June to the end of August with a 6:35 p.m. arrival in Stephenville, which will give people the chance to get home before dark in the summer.

The departure at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday will have passengers leaving home before dark at most locations in western and southwestern Newfoundland. There is no doubt that there has been a thirst from people in the Bay St. George area and beyond to have this kind of service with thousands of people signing up on a Facebook page actually pleading for Porter to come in.

That’s likely because Porter Airlines has established itself in short-haul flying with what they claim is an approach to hospitality that restores glamour and refinement to air travel, even winning top airline in the world ratings by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards.

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There is no doubt offering a two-month service is a “testing of the waters” for Porter Airlines and no matter how many names are signed to a Facebook page, airlines want the proof and profits when it comes to operating out of any location.

Now it’s up to the people who have been joining up on Facebook and others who have been asking for the service to actually book flights and prove to this airline that it’s worth their while to provide a service into Stephenville airport.

Porter has put itself on the line by providing a service to mainland Canada at convenient times. Filling those seats is now what’s required to ensure that this just doesn’t end up being a short-term deal and instead grows into something that is sustainable.

Organizations: Porter Airlines

Geographic location: Stephenville, Southwestern Newfoundland, St. George Canada

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