In the midst of all of the bad news, someone has to find something good to talk about. So OAG, which used to be the Official Airline Guide, says that some startup routes constitute the good news. If it is, it's slim: OAG leapt on the shift of Houston Bush Intercontinental service London's airport from Gatwick to Heathrow, a move that was made possible by Open Skies, and it said that a flight by Caribbean Airlines between Tobago and Port of Spain is among the busiest, with almost 15,000 seats a week. We have no idea how many of those seats are filed, but we did find some real good news in the list: a top new international route is a new route between Newark's Liberty International Airport and the Toronto City Centre airport in Canada, operated by Porter Airlines. Porter is quite happy with the route, says spokesman Brad Cicero, who calls it Porter's "most successful new destination to date."
The new route performed 80% ahead of revenue projections at first and has continued at a strong pace, he says, even though over the summer, Porter had to drop one of seven daily weekday roundtrips because of FAA cutbacks for congestion management. It's now back to 44 roundtrips per week - and all on turboprops. Porter is a devotee of the deHavilland Q400, with a fleet of only the new type since it started up in late 2006. The Newark route began in March. Above is Toronto's City Centre Airport, the key to Porter's niche.