Porter Airlines celebrates 10 years in business

TORONTO – 

When pilot Robert DeLuce launched Porter Airlines 10 years ago with just one route, a handful of employees and two airplanes, the Chapleau, Ont. native realized his lifelong dream: air travel could one day return as a glamorous, safe, and relatively inexpensive experience.
After nearly 18 million passengers, 240 million kilometers, 23 destinations, 400-plus employees and 26 airplanes, Porter is flying high with talk of additional hubs, new destinations, more planes and a U.S. customs stop at its Toronto home base.
Billy Bishop Airport, formerly Toronto Island Airport, is now the ninth busiest airport in Canada with 2.5 million passengers a year.
To celebrate its achievements over the years, Porter deployed two of its original crews to fly commemorative flights on its anniversary through their original route between Toronto and Ottawa.
With aviation a hot topic these days, Postmedia spoke to the passionate CEO about the future of flying ­­— and the …