Following Air Transat, Porter Airlines closes deal with Alaska Airlines

Two airlines will connect flights in eastern Canada and the west coast of the USA

Days after revealing a joint venture with leisure airline Air Transat, Porter Airlines on Wednesday announced a deal with Alaska Airlines, one of the largest U.S. carriers.

The interline agreement will open up the possibility for passengers to continue their flights on both companies, which have a large presence in eastern Canada and the west coast of the USA.

The Porter and Alaska loyalty programs will also be able to be used in common by customers from the end of 2024. In January, however, Canadian airline flights booked via Alaska will already entitle Mileage Plan members to points.

“This partnership with Alaska Airlines is a significant win for passengers looking for more choice and better service when flying within Canada and the United States,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “Alaska and Porter emphasize passenger service excellence on each and every flight. We’re excited about what this means for passengers across North America.”

“Porter Airlines opens new opportunities for our guests to travel to Canada in style,” said Brett Catlin, vice president of loyalty, alliances and sales at Alaska Airlines. “We’re thrilled to partner with a vibrant and growing airline, and eager for our flyers to enjoy the refined experience that Porter offers, including top-notch inflight service and terrific onboard amenities.”

Together, Alaska and Hawaiian will have a fleet of 365 aircraft that will operate 138 destinations (Alaska Airlines)

Among the airports where there will be great connectivity between them are Los Angeles and San Francisco, where Porter will begin flying from January.

According to the Canadian carrier, passengers will initially be able to access 18 western US markets, including Portland, San Diego, Seattle and Phoenix, all available through an Alaska Airlines connection. The company expects connections through shared Canadian airports to be online in early 2024.

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Like Porter, Alaska is also in the midst of an expansion process after announcing the purchase of Hawaiian Airlines for US$1.9 billion.