By SHANNON KELLY
Toronto-based Porter Airlines will begin offering vacation packages this year, initially to its most popular leisure-travel gateways.
Myrtle Beach, Mont Tremblant, Burlington (Vermont), Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, Boston, New York, Chicago and Washington, DC, are to be the first of Porter’s 19 destinations to get Porter Escapes packages.
Initial packages will include flight and hotel, but eventually the airline intends to offer spa, adventure, theatre and other themed trips. ( TIFF? Quebec’s Winter Carnival?)
Since Porter operates only in eastern North America and is something of a short-haul airlines, we’re with Jim Byer’s of the Toronto Star in thinking that Porter Escapes are likely to be weekend getaway packages for skiing, spas and Broadway shows (New York).
The estimated launch date for Porter Escapes is in the second quarter of 2012.