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My mother was in Canada for her annual visit from Budapest so I decided to take her for a short trip to the Big Apple.
I considered numerous different airlines and routes. Flying from BUF with WN would have been the cheapest, flying from YYZ with AC or WS would have been to most expensive and finally, flying out of YTZ with Porter would be the most convenient and second most affordable. Given the fantastic reviews I've read and heard about Porter I booked with them. I paid $600CDN for 2 tickets (YTZ-EWR-YTZ), I was also somewhat lucky as Porter had a 30% sale on its entire network. I say somewhat lucky because 2 days after I booked, Porter raised their discount to 50%!!
Great video of Porter's service, some nice shots of the Q400.
I live in midtown Toronto, going to YYZ would cost me $55 for a cab or $3 for a 90+ minute transit ride. Going to YTZ took about 30 minutes, a 20 minute subway ride to Union station, then a 10 minute ride on Porter's complimentary shuttle bus service to YTZ.
The only annoying part of flying from YTZ is the pointless ferry ride. The ferry travels 400ft between the lakeshore and the island that the airport is located on. There have been several proposals about building a small bridge and even a underground pedestrian tunnel and finally it looks like the underground tunnel will be built in the near future.
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There are about 12 check-in counters at YTZ, about 10 are for porter and 2 are for AC. Check-in was easy, we passed through security and entered Porter's complimentary lounge. The lounge was clean, spacious with free snacks, drinks and access to the internet.
Complimentary snacks and drinks.
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Photo © André Dias de Albuquerque
Photo © LZB123 - BGspotters
Monday, September 26th 2011
Bombardier Dash 8-Q400
Gates: 10 (YTZ), B51 (EWR)
Dep: 0845 (scheduled) 0857 (actual)
Arr: 1015 (scheduled) 1008 (actual)
Routing: BULGE V252 GEE HELON1
Flight time:1hr 11min.
Runways: 08 (YTZ), 22L (EWR)
Lining up on Rwy 08
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Shortly after take-off, downtown Toronto
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Passing over TEB
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On final for rwy 22L, Gulfstream taking off from TEB
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Some traffic at EWR from the Airtran station
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What struck me most about EWR was how clean and new it looked but mostly how quite and empty the airport seemed, granted we arrived on a Monday morning. US Customs has 60 counters at EWR, 2 were staffed so we ended up waiting close to 30 minutes. The Porter flight and cabin crew from our flight also had clear US customs before returning to the aircraft and flying back to YTZ which I found pretty odd.
I wasn't able to take a lot of pictures at EWR. The aircraft that caught my eye were a FedEx B77F, ELAL B772 and a couple of CO B739s.
Transportation from EWR to Penn Station NY was a breeze and very well organized. The free Airtran connects the 3 terminals to the EWR train station. The ticket on NJ transit from the airport to Penn Station was $25 and took about 40 minutes.
New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
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Hotel Pennsylvania is in the middle of Manhattan, Time Sq., The empire state building and numerous other attractions are in walking distance from the hotel. The hotel itself is very old and not well maintained however the staff was very polite and helpful.
The first attraction that I insisted we visit was USS Intrepid. One of our friendliest memories was our first experience with NY transit. We boarded the 42M bus but we only had a $5 bill, the driver told me that only exact change or a metro card are acceptable forms of payment. My mom and I got off the bus and started to walk. The bus driver honked his horn and motioned for us to get on. I tried to give the driver the $5 bill but he wouldn't take it and insisted we get on the bus and enjoy the ride. I can tell you with all certainty, that wouldn't have happened in Toronto.
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In short, NYC was everything that I expected it to be and more. The people were friendly, the transportation very well organized and the city is just, well, one of a kind. I will definitely travel to NYC more often as I only say a very small portion of it.
My mom has some mobility issues so we paid $50 each for the hop-on-hop-off bus tour. The cost is well worth it if you take advantage of all 3 bus routes. However the tour guide makes or breaks the experience for sure.
There was bad weather expected in the NY area on Wednesday so I decided to go to EWR a lot earlier in hopes of catching an earlier flight back home. The ride from Penn Station to Terminal B at EWR was as easy and hassle free as the way into town. EWR was very quite again. The Porter check-in was the busiest by far. I asked if taking an earlier flight was an option, the agent replied “normally there is a cost for that, but we are accommodating passengers today due to the weather”. So we got onto the 12:00pm flight instead of the 2pm flight.
Security checks went quickly and we arrived at the gate just has the previous Porter flight was departing. There was one gentleman who drove me nuts, he kept making loud remarks about how he will never fly Porter again because they wouldn't put him on the flight he wanted to be on, he wanted to fly at 11am flight instead of the 12pm. His ticket was for the 3pm flight.
Some a.net photos
Photo © Ken Iwelumo - Global Aviation Images
Photo © Ken Iwelumo - Global Aviation Images
Wednesday, September 28th 2011
Porter #130 (Booked on #134)
Bombardier Dash 8- Q400
Gates: B52 (EWR), 10 (YTZ)
Dep: 1200 (scheduled) 1223 (actual)
Arr: 1330 (scheduled) 1312 (actual)
Routing: COATE V126 LHY ULW V36 LINNG TZ
Flight time: 45min
Runways: 04L (EWR) 26 (YTZ)
Porter #128 getting ready to depart
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The Q400 arrived a bit late but the crew at EWR turned around the flight very quickly. After push-back we taxied towards the runway but we suddenly stopped. After about 5 minutes the Captain told us that there are thunderstorms all along our flight plan so ATC was trying to reroute us. After about 10 minutes we continued the taxi towards runway 4L.
We took off and turned north. The flight was very quick but quite turbulent. The 2 FA's did an awesome job distributing meals and drinks and collecting everything within 20 minutes.
Avoiding T-storms on our way to Toronto
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What more can you ask for on a 45min flight?
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Very short final, I'm home!
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The landing at YTZ was well a “carrier landing”. The plane made a quite steep descent which is quite usual for YTZ and made a very firm touch-down followed by hard breaking action. The breaking was so intense passengers were bracing themselves on the seats in front of them. I quite enjoyed it but some passengers were visibly caught off guard by the intense breaking action.
We cleared customs, our bags were already waiting for us and we took the ferry back to the shuttle bus.
I was extremely pleased by Porter. Their service was impeccable, especially given the short flight.
Some previous T.Rs
Toronto To Budapest On AC And LH (by KrisYYZ Oct 7 2009 in Trip Reports)
KLM / Malév YYZ-AMS-BUD (Pics And Vids) (by KrisYYZ May 17 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malev YYZ-BUD-YYZ (Pics And Vids) (by KrisYYZ Nov 19 2007 in Trip Reports)