Competitive routes: Toronto to New York

Competition’s really ratcheting up on Toronto flights to New York. Three Canadian carriers are out to win your wallet. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Air Canada launches three daily Toronto Pearson flights to New York Kennedy May 3. A couple of days earlier – May 1 – the airline with the Maple Leaf on the tail makes Toronto Pearson flights to close-in New York LaGuardia an hourly affair.
  • Discount airline WestJet starts seven daily Toronto Pearson flights to New York LaGuardia a few weeks later, on June 4. Come July 12 the carrier ups the transborder ante by offering an octet of daily nonstops on the route. WestJet will use Boeing 737 Next Generation twinjets on the route. The carrier’s entry into LaGuardia comes hard on the heels of a code-share agreement with Delta Air Lines, which is in the process of growing its LaGuardia presence. Because of Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance in Toronto, inbound fliers will be able to arrive at Delta’s main LaGuardia arrival area. That means they’ll be able to connect to a number of Delta cities out of LGA without having to undergo any additional security.
  • Then there’s Porter Airlines, which operates quick, quiet Q400 propjets out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The carrier is adding a 12th daily Toronto flight to Newark liberty International Airport on March 26, and a 13th Toronto flight to Newark April 16.

A bit about airport positioning: Toronto’s Pearson International is 20 miles from the city’s center. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is far closer, a mere two miles from the epicenter of the Canadian metropolis’ business and entertainment area.

When you fly to Toronto, which airport do you frequent? Pearson’s got far better connections, but Billy Bishop is at the heart of what’s happening.

Story by Jerry Chandler

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