Flying to Orlando from Canada just got easier with the arrival of Porter Airlines at Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) in Melbourne, Florida.
“It was an honor to be selected for Porter’s entry into the world’s largest tourism area,” Greg Donovan, the airport's executive director, said.
Porter, based in Toronto, Ontario, is considered to be one of the most passenger-centered airlines, offering such amenities as leather seats, beer and wine on the house, and airport lounge facilities.
“Orlando Melbourne is now our most southern destination," Robert Deluce, Porter Airlines president and CEO, said. "This route provides a convenient connection between downtown Toronto and a part of Florida that lacked international air service until now,”
MLB is near beaches, Port Canaveral cruises and the Kennedy Space Center, as well as Walt Disney World parks and Universal Studios Florida.
“We are grateful to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) and their staffs for their timely yeoman effort critical to processing international flights of this caliber,” Jack Ryals, Melbourne Airport Authority chairman, said.
MLB officials also noted the valuable support of Customs and Border Protection employees locally and in Washington, D.C. for their efforts.
Porter flights depart from Toronto at 10:20 a.m. and from Central Florida at 3:45 p.m.
“Porter’s arrival into Florida will be celebrated statewide,” Eric Garvey, executive director of Space Coast Office of Tourism, said. “Canadian visitors represent our largest segment of tourists. Porter’s commitment signals to other airlines that we have arrived on the international tourism scene. It’s a sign of things to come.”