“Thunder Bay is a very strong market for Porter…”

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PorterTHUNDER BAY – It might be business travellers, it could be pleasure travellers, but Porter Airlines reports traffic statistics for September 2010, indicating a year-over-year load factor improvement of 8.2 points to 55.8% from 47.6%.

Brad Cicero, the Manager, Communications and Public Affairs for Porter reports, “The traffic numbers are for the entire network. We don’t breakdown specific markets or routes, but I can tell you that Thunder Bay is a very strong market for Porter that has seen a lot of growth since we started there in June 2009”.

The September load factor is based on 96.4 million ASMs (Available Seat Miles) and 53.8 million RPMs.  ASMs grew 53.5% per cent from 62.8 million and RPMs increased 79.9% from 29.9 million year-over-year.

The airline also flew approximately 56,000 more passengers in September compared to last year.

“Porter continues posting traffic figures with excellent gains across the board,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines.  “We are especially pleased with numbers from recent months and anticipate a similarly strong conclusion to the calendar year.”

Porter had an industry-leading break-even load factor of 49% in 2009.

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