It'll Soon Be Easier to Travel Between Montreal and California Thanks to These New Routes

Porter Airlines will be flying out of Los Angeles and San Francisco to Montreal this summer.

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Canadian carrier Porter Airlines is expanding out of California’s largest airports, debuting new connections to Montréal this summer.

The Montréal to Los Angeles route will begin on June 27, operating 4x weekly. Then, on June 28, Porter will begin flying from Montréal to San Francisco with 3x weekly service. 

Both routes will be seasonal, slated to end on October 26. Porter will compete with Air Canada on both services, which offers as many as 3x daily flights to Montréal from both California airports.

“Passengers can now more easily travel across the continent in style with Porter’s unmatched elevated economy experience,” said the president of Porter Airlines, Kevin Jackson, in a statement. “These Montréal routes connect to destinations across the globe with Porter’s strategic partnerships, providing more options that travelers crave.”

These new flights will be flown with Porter’s Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, which only has 132 seats in a 2-2 configuration. Travelers will enjoy complimentary snacks, beer, wine, and free Wi-Fi onboard. Although there aren’t any first class seats onboard, travelers who book “PorterReserve” fares are guaranteed seats upfront with extra legroom and complimentary inflight meals for the 5.5-hour flight. 

The carrier launched in 2006 and was once a domestic-only airline, operating short-haul flights within Canada. However, Porter’s new routes to Montréal follow the successes of recently launched year-round flights from Toronto to both Los Angeles and San Francisco, which kicked off in January. Along with the announcement earlier this year, Porter and Alaska Airlines announced a codeshare partnership to connect travelers seamlessly across these West Coast-focused hubs. For instance, travelers flying into San Francisco can connect onward across Alaska’s domestic network on the same interline ticket.

The news also comes as rival airline and startup, Lynx Air, ceased operations entirely just last month. The airline mainly operated out of Toronto and Montréal, offering transborder flights to U.S. cities, including Las Vegas, Tampa, and Phoenix. 

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