Soaring to new heights

From left, Thunder Bay Airport Authority president and CEO Ed Schmidtke, Porter Airlines president and CEO Robert Deluce and Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro celebrate the airline’s announcement of establishing an aircraft maintenance base in Thunder Bay.

Porter Airlines is opening an aircraft maintenance base at the city’s airport next month, creating 18 jobs.

The maintenance base would be located in a leased hanger at the Thunder Bay Airport and is expected to open in February, said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines.

There are two Porter aircraft that overnight in the city and once the new base is open line maintenance will be performed on the aircraft every night.

Deluce said they chose Thunder Bay for the new base because the city is a significant destination for the airline.

“It is very busy,” he said. “We have up to seven daily return flights. Couple that with the fact Thunder Bay has a really good, strong pool of talent and that extends right from pilots and flight attendants to aircraft maintenance individuals, it really is a good place that we thought it was worthwhile investing.”

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