ARLINGTON, Va., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ARC announced today that Porter Airlines (PD), a Toronto-based regional carrier, has joined ARC to extend the carrier's reach into the U.S. market by leveraging ARC's 14,000 affiliated travel agencies, ticket settlement system, and technology solutions. As an ARC participating carrier, Porter can now quickly expand its services and provide more air travel options to the U.S. travel agency community.
"Porter has defined itself with customers by focusing on innovation and service, and emphasizing premium amenities at no added cost to the customer," said Michael Deluce, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Porter Airlines. "This agreement with ARC allows us to expand our reach among U.S. travel agents, allowing more passengers to benefit from the Porter experience."
Mike Premo, ARC's president and CEO, commented, "We are extremely pleased to welcome Porter Airlines to the ARC family of carriers. U.S. travel agencies look to us for the ability to ticket efficiently on airlines that matter to their customers. We believe that Porter's growing presence in the U.S. combined with ARC participation will benefit them, agents, and the traveling public. All of us at ARC look forward to working with them."About ARC:ARC powers the U.S.-based travel network with premier business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools, and powerful data analytics. Nearly 14,000 travel agencies and 190 airlines use ARC's settlement services, which in 2012 totaled more than $84 billion. As the industry's gold standard of accreditation, ARC allows participating agencies and carriers to focus on what's important – increasing their revenue. Established in 1984, ARC is headquartered in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit www.arccorp.com. About Porter Airlines:Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, and rated second in the world in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards Top Small Airlines category. The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York ( Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston, Washington ( Dulles) and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Burlington, Vt. Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information. SOURCE ARC