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Porter charging for first checked bag on domestic flights

$25 hit

You will have to cough up some extra cash if you want to check a bag on a Porter flight within Canada.

For the first time, the airline is charging $25 for the first checked bag on domestic flights. Porter, which flies out Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport, serves Canadian destinations including Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Thunder Bay.

The new charge applies to bags checked on in-Canada flights after May 14, but not if travel was booked before April 21.

Porter says the change is being made to sync up checked bag policies for flights with both Canadian and US destinations. The airline has been charging for all checked bags on flights stateside for about a year.

Spokesman Brad Cicero says having matching policies is helpful for staff in operating the airport. He says it also simplifies flying for you.

"You do understand what the fees are regardless if one week you've flown to Boston and the next week you've flown to Windsor, for example", says Cicero.

He is sure travellers will adjust to the new fee and figure out "what they really need" when packing. Cicero says the number of checked bags on Porter flights to American destinations has dropped more than 25% since the airline started charging for them.

You can still bring up to two pieces of carry-on luggage on Porter flights free of charge.

Cicero insists Porter still offers good bang for the buck with access to airport lounges and booze.  He says the airline is also responsible for a 60 drop in other carriers' fares on routes they serve.

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  1. Herry posted on 05/03/2014 09:09 AM
    A lot of greedy shxbags just don't survive because of plain, old ignorance ! Bye bye porter !
  2. On behalf of all Toronto posted on 05/15/2014 10:23 PM
    You can keep your free cookies, and so-called "booze". I've been on flights that barely offer a glass of water. You really think you know your customers? We "know what to pack", we simply need you to offer basic service. What a poor PR attempt this is... Huge fail, Porter. You've found the number one way to lose customers. I'll facilitate it for your staff even further - I'll no longer fly with you. See ya.
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