Porter adds basic fares minus previously free amenities

Canada-based Porter Airlines has rolled out its own version of basic economy, unveiling a new, discounted fare class that requires passengers pay more for services previously included in the price of the ticket, the company said.

The Toronto-based airline, which has long sought to differentiate itself through customer service and free amenities, is now offering a “basic fare” on several routes, following a path well-worn by airlines worldwide.

The fares are now available on routes from Porter´s Billy Bishop Toronto City airport hub to Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and Windsor, says Porter in a media release.

Basic fares cost less than Porter´s other fares, but are ineligible for reservation changes, cancellations, refunds or credits, the airline says.

Porter operates a fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400 turboprops, each configured entirely with economy seats.

The carrier´s basic fare comes weeks after competitor WestJet launched the first flights of its ultra-low-cost subsidiary Swoop — an airline with a business model based entirely on the precepts of “basic” economy pricing.

Porter Airlines is a regional airline headquartered on the Toronto Islands in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.