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April 09, 2007

Porter Airlines experience


There was a cold wind blowing and, thanks to the holiday, only a handful of people to be seen this last Friday morning at the Toronto Island Airport, once more grandly known as the Port George VI Airfield. Thanks to would be environmentalists and a handful of island residents, the airport is a source of some controversy (as with just about everything else cool about this town) but having flown from the island I will only go back to Pearson as a last resort.

Home to the Royal Norwegian Air Force for most of the War*, the island airport now hosts Porter Airlines; a combination of Canadian efficiency, class and cool. I had looked forward to traveling by Bombardier Q400 as I had seen - and barely heard - one pass overhead at last year's Toronto air show. I was not prepared for the experience. Perhaps it was the near empty streets, the short ferry ride to the terminal or the snow squall as the propellers begun to turn; this was the most romantic travel experience of my life. Everything had the glamour of the '40s - from the white leather seats to the stunning flight attendants - I half expected Ingrid Bergman to slink down the aisle. Pity I was on my own. Then again some journeys are all the more romantic for leaving someone behind; some things are too good to last (though I hope Porter Airlines makes a go of it).

* While I am on the subject of the Norwegian armed forces I want to point out the Royal Norwegian Navy claims to have nine stationary forts and six underwater bases. What exactly, I may ask, is an "underwater base" and how come I do not have one?

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 9, 2007 07:01 AM


Yes an underwater base would be fun. May I have one please too?

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 9, 2007 11:14 AM

They appear to have several going spare (as it were) but I have not been able to find out anything on-line; I am picturing something out of "The Spy Who Loved Me". Though it seems an odd thing to announce on their ministry web-site in the first place...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 9, 2007 11:56 AM