Porter Airlines (PD, Toronto City Centre) has announced it will open an MRO facility at Thunder Bay International Airport with effect from February 2019. The Canadian domestic carrier currently maintains a crew base at the northern Ontario airfield and, as such, this development will add a further 18 jobs to the locale.

"Thunder Bay is an important location in Porter's network," the President and CEO of Porter Airlines, Robert Deluce, said in a statement. "This latest investment in a maintenance base demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the community."

The maintenance base will be located in an existing hangar at Thunder Bay airport. Porter engineers will perform daily overnight maintenance on two aircraft that will return to service the following day.

Porter Airlines currently operates up to 7 daily roundtrip flights between the city and its main base, Toronto City Centre, using its fleet of twenty-nine Dash 8-400s.