WestJet to Start Toronto – New York LaGuardia

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WestJet to the Big Apple

Toronto to New York is the largest transborder route between Canada and the United States.  WestJet is officially jumping into this market with nonstop flights between Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA).  WestJet will start flying seven round-trips between Toronto and LaGuardia on June 4, 2012, and will increase to eight flights, each business day, as of July 12th.

As discussed in our November 23rd piece – WestJet Arrives to New York LaGuardia – the new service is the result of WestJet’s successful bid for for eight slot pairs at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.  The slots were made available as part of a slot swap at LaGaurdia and Washington National between Delta Air Lines and US Airways.

“This is another significant milestone for WestJet,” said John MacLeod, WestJet Vice-President, Network Management and Alliances. “Toronto to New York is the largest transborder market from Canada, and this new non-stop service, offered on our Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, will offer business and leisure travellers alike the convenience, comfort and affordability they’ve been looking for.”

In light of the recent codeshare agreement between Delta Air Lines and WestJet, the new flights will arrive into Delta’s main concourse at LaGuardia, allowing passengers to make connections without having to re-clear security.  This will provide travelers with connections to numerous cities as Delta ramps-up their US domestic hub at LaGuardia.

Porter Airlines Increases Service to New York

Toronto based Porter Airlines also has its eyes on the Big Apple and is preparing to add two additional daily flights between Toronto City Airport (YTZ) and Newark Liberty International (EWR) to keep up with growing demand.  This will provide up to 13 round-trips per day with a wide range of flight times.

The first new flight will begin on March 26, 2012, the second on April 16, and extra weekend flights as of March 25.

“Demand for our Toronto-New York route continues to increase and we are responding with additional flights,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “Porter offers the only service between downtown Toronto and New York, which is one of the reasons we’ve become a top choice for business and leisure travellers between the two markets.”

From Toronto’s City Center to Manhattan, this is likely the quickest option.  Newark Liberty Airport’s AirTrain operates between the airport and the Newark airport train station, where frequent service is provided by New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) into New York’s Penn Station in Manhattan.  Taxi’s and town-car services, while more expensive, are also quick and easy options into Manhattan.

On a final note, Porter has also launched a seasonal nonstop between Newark Liberty International (EWR) and Mont-Tremblant International Airport (YTM).  Porter’s Newark to Mt. Tremblant service makes it easy for New Yorker’s to hit the slopes.

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