Porter vs Goliath – Tiny Upstart Airline Fighting Off Air Canada – February 27, 2010

Porter vs Goliath – Tiny Upstart Airline Fighting Off Air Canada – February 27, 2010

Making an airline work in these times isn’t an easy feat.   You have to give credit to any company that can struggle facing the adversity of today’s marketplace.

Porter Airlines has done just that and now is battling Air Canada for the rights over Toronto’s Island Airport.   Air Canada is suing for the right to have access even though they left years ago.

I can appreciate being an independent fighting a huge National Corporation with government support and funding even though it’s proven to not be reliably profitable.

So today, for me, when I read stories like THIS in the National Post I say the heck with Air Canada and when I have to fly I’ll go Westjet or Porter!

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Terry Kelleher
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Terry Kelleher

Sorry guys, but I decided personally for Porter and Westjet long ago. It didn’t take this latest episode to make me favour David over Goliath. Support for the little guy over the big should be a given. No one should favour bullies in any situation. The mills of the Gods grind exceedingly small.

Stan
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Stan

I can’t even remember the last time I flew with AC. People like Porter, Bearskin and Westjet deserve our patronage and to hell with the Big Brother tactics of Air Canada

Frequent Flier
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Frequent Flier

I intend to consider Porter first from now on.

James
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James

I’m not a fan of monopoly in airports and that is exactly what porter enjoys and they charge a high premium for it. Competition is great and will cool prices down. I think Porter is a great airline. But westjet? Give me a break it should be called Circus airline.

Derek
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Derek

A correction needs to be made to the article… Air Canada was kicked out of City Centre, they did not choose to leave. Air Canada had been serving City Centre since the 80s, it was legal action that got Air Canada kicked out; then those same people who kicked Air Canada out started Porter. That action should outrage people, yet it never has because Air Canada is always seen as the “bad guy”.

Matt
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Matt

I haven’t flown with Porter yet; however I’ve heard nothing but good things about them. I’ve got great things to say about Westjet as well. Although I’ve had some bad experiences with Air Canada, they have been better with the last flight that I took. In the end, real competition benefits the consumer and I’m not enthusiastic about doing things that would reinforce a monopoly in the marketplace.

la Femme
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la Femme

In response to James, I think monopoly is great! i mean the little pieces are kind of a pain but why not truck your boardgames to the airport… might as well, seeing as we have to be in any airport about 30 hours before the flights scheduled departures. LOL

Phil
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Phil

Every single person I know has a horror story about flying Air Canada, some people have a horror story for every single flight they have taken on Air Canada. The sooner they fail the better.

DaveMiller'sEvilTwin
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DaveMiller'sEvilTwin

Derek, dear you are either very young and uninformed or completely biased in your views in favour of Air Canadaflot. They had the City Center Iarport all to themselves for years after driving City Express out of business using the same underhanded techniques of saturating the market, but then shrunk the market to only 20,000 passengers a year. At the same time, they took the airport and its facilities for a hostage by not committing to a contract and only renewing on very short term basis. In fairness, they do not deserve to be let back in since they have… Read more »

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BROMIDE
Jerry
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Jerry

I have flown a lot over the years and have seen a lot of needed improvement at Air Canada. Their fares are now competitive with Westjet. I would rate both of the big airlines as equally good and both better than any US airline I have flown. I have lost my luggage only once on any airline over several decades but I did get it delivered to my hotel room the next day. The cincreased ompetition we have is wonderful and let’s have more. Too many people still rate on their services of 20 years ago which certainly needed improvement.