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Video | Porter Airlines Lounge – Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ)

Jake Redman March 25, 2013 2

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Airport Lounge Name: Porter Lounge (Gate area)
Location: Toronto Billy Bishop (Downtown)  

< Seating: You might think you’ve stumbled into an airline lounge without paying.

You did, sort of.

Porter Lounge Business Center YTZ
Workstations are so much more appealing when you’re not at work. – Business Center at Porter Lounge YTZ

Porter Airlines gives all paying passengers access to their lounges. In the case of their Downtown Toronto (YTZ) hub, the lounge IS the gate area. Instead of sad rows of connected armrest-free chairs, you’ll find leather loungers, nicely sectioned office-style armchairs and even a few retro lounge chairs. I guess those are for you, young urban traveler. ..or Dr. Evil.

Food: We’re told that there are often a few other choices but our late-day, midweek visit shows that Porter doesn’t want to spoil your dinner. Almonds appeared to be the lone snack while we were there. Complimentary lounge-style non-alcoholic beverages are available but happy hour (booze) will have to wait until you’re on the plane.

Wi-Fi:  Wi-fi is fast and free in the Porter Airlines Lounge. But get your surfing in before the flight, the wi-fi ends as you board the plane.

Service:  You won’t need to check into the lounge, so your exposure to staff is limited unless you need to speak with someone about your flight. At the head of the lounge is a help desk staffed with agents to help make changes or answer questions. The counter staff on our visit was friendly and helpful.

Starbucks Hot Water at YTZ
If their coffee is too strong for you try their new “Nothing” blend. Normally $4 but free at the Porter Lounge YTZ.

Summary: If you’re able to appreciate the level of service Porter Airlines provides in the air, you’ll be baffled that they throw in lounge amenities too. This large room stacks up with paid-membership domestic lounges with comparable beverage and snack service, superior business center and good wi-fi. If there’s business to be done in Toronto, Porter Airlines is our fave.

How to get in: Buy a ticket to fly Porter Airlines from  Billy Bishop Airport in Downtown Toronto (YTZ). Because this is the ONLY waiting area at this airport, Air Canada customers also get to enjoy the perks of this lounge area before boarding the short flight to Montreal.

Hops: 3 (of 5).


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Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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  1. iverge on March 25, 2013

    Porter is a fantastic airline. Where other airlines seem to treat passengers like cattle, Porter is the total opposite. Everyone has lounge access with complimentary snacks and beverages, plus they use real glasses on-board for free drinks… yes beer included 😉

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