Porter Airlines (P3, Toronto Billy Bishop City Centre) says it is adding three new E195-E2 crew bases in Ottawa International, Montréal Trudeau, and Vancouver International, to support its expanding network across North America.

Ottawa’s new crew base will be opened in June 2024, with approximately 150 crew based in Canada’s capital. Montreal is set to open a month later with 100 crew while Vancouver will be inaugurated in October with 100 staff.

This summer, Porter plans to operate 14 nonstop routes from Ottawa, six from Montreal, and three from Vancouver.

The ch-aviation schedules module shows Porter Airlines will deploy the E195-E2 from Ottawa in flights to Calgary, Edmonton International, Fort Lauderdale International, Halifax, Orlando International, Toronto Pearson, and Vancouver this summer season. From Montreal, the E2 will serve Halifax, and Toronto Pearson while it will fly to Ottawa and Toronto Pearson from Vancouver.

Kent Woodside, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Porter Airlines, said, “These new bases will provide significant opportunities for crew who want to live close to where they work. Local crew can better support Porter's commitment to operational reliability.”

Porter Airlines currently has approximately 650 pilots and 775 cabin crew members operating from an E195-E2 crew base at Toronto Pearson, and its DHC-8-Q400 bases at Toronto Billy Bishop City Centre, Ottawa, Halifax, and Thunder Bay. The company expects to have about 2,000 total crew members by the end of 2024.

The ch-aviation fleets module shows Porter Airlines' fleet comprises 58 aircraft, including twenty-nine DHC-8-Q400s, and twenty-nine E195-E2s, which operate under the sister company Porter Airlines Canada (PD, Toronto Billy Bishop City Centre). It also has an additional forty-six E195-E2s on order from Embraer.