Toronto canada skyline_Direct Flights from Tampa to Canada

The Toronto skyline just got easier to get to. Direct flights from Tampa to Toronto with Porter Airlines are now available.  ©Dawn Damico

News in Travel:  Direct Flights from Tampa to Canada

Porter Airlines recently celebrated 17 years of service. And according to a recent press release, they have been busy in the last 12 months. For starters, they have:

  • Hired more than 1,000 new team members
  • Taken delivery of 22 new E195-E2s
  • Total fleet size of 51 aircraft, including 29 Dash 8 aircraft
  • Announced 26 new routes and 14 new destinations

Of these accomplishments, it’s the last one that caught my eye because some of those routes have come to my current state of Florida. I spent three perfect days in Thunder Bay this year, so I am looking for easy ways to return to Canada and explore more.

They say that Porter is disrupting economy air travel and redefining what’s possible in the minds of consumers. They have a reputation for genuine hospitality with style, care, and charm. 

That reputation reminds me of a friend who described how he trained members in the hospitality industry. No matter what job title they had, the underlying philosophy was that they were ladies and gentlemen, serving ladies and gentlemen. That elevates the expectations as well as the experience. I like that.

On November 1, 2023, Porter Airlines announced launching daily roundtrip service between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Tampa, Florida (TPA). This is the first U.S. route operated by any airline with the state-of-the-art Embraer E195-E2.

“Porter is the North American launch customer for Embraer’s newest family of E2 jets. The 132-seat, all-economy aircraft has a two-by-two configuration, which means no middle seat on any Porter flight. The E2 is the most environmentally-friendly single-aisle aircraft family, measured by sound and CO2 emissions. It is certified to the strictest international standard for aircraft noise, at 65% quieter than previous generation types.”

Economy and Elevated Service on Direct Flights from Tampa to Canada

Bridge surrounding by green trees in Toronto - direct flights between Toronto and Tampa and other florida cities now available

Flights between Toronto and Tampa with Porter Airlines mean you can choose the destination with weather that suits you all year long!  ©Dawn Damico

Porter gives economy passengers a different experience. Included in their flights are free, fast WiFi, premium snacks, free beer, and wine served in glassware. They also boast priority check-in, extra legroom seats, premium pre-mixed cocktails, and healthy meals included in their PorterReserve fares or purchased a’ le carte with Porter Classic fares.

The press release goes on to say:

Tampa is the first of five destinations and seven routes that Porter is starting across Florida this fall. Service includes Toronto Pearson to Tampa, Fort Myers (RSW), Orlando (MCO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), and Miami (MIA), as well as Ottawa International Airport (YOW) to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

This is exciting news for Floridians and Canadians. We receive many snowbirds from Canada every winter, and I’m excited that they will have more options for flying into the Sunshine State.

I’m also excited about additional options to fly from Florida directly into Canada. During my recent trip to Canada, I was very enthusiastic about making Canada an annual summer destination. Sort of a “snowbird” in reverse!

To learn more about Porter Airlines, Porter Escapes vacation packages, and their schedules in Florida and their other routes in the U.S. and across North America, refer to their website .