Canadian regional carrier, Porter Airlines is opening an aircraft maintenance base at Thunder Bay International Airport as of February 2019.

The development will contribute to Porter servicing its fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The maintenance base will be located in an existing hangar at the airport and Porter engineers will perform daily overnight maintenance on two aircraft that will return to service the following day.

“Thunder Bay is an important location in Porter’s network,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “This latest investment in a maintenance base demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the community.”

The new maintenance base is expected to create 18 jobs in the city. Porter has also recently made investments in Northern Ontario, including opening a base for pilots and flight attendants in Thunder Bay a year ago.

“We greatly appreciate the continued confidence Porter has displayed in Thunder Bay,” said Ed Schmidtke, president and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority. “Since initiating service in 2009, Porter has consistently contributed to the airport’s growth by increasing flights, passenger volumes and local employment.”

Porter currently operates up to seven daily round-trip flights between the city and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

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