BURLINGTON, VT—Burlington International Airport becomes even more international when Porter Airlines resumes its seasonal service from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport on December 14, 2014. The service between Burlington and Toronto will continue through the winter season until April 5, 2015.
This is Porter’s fourth year flying to Burlington, a popular destination for Canadian passengers looking to enjoy a season on the slopes. In turn, Vermonters can enjoy an easy getaway to a cosmopolitan Canadian city. The schedule of two weekly roundtrip options will increase to four options from February 13-April 5 to meet increased travel demand during the school break period.
“The City of Toronto is a perfect destination for both the business and leisure traveler,” said Gene Richards, Director of Aviation for Burlington International Airport. “Businesses have the opportunity to find and explore new market growth areas, while leisure travelers can enjoy Toronto’s numerous touristic attractions and events, such as the Hockey Hall of Fame, a Toronto Maple Leafs game or the Toronto Boat Show in early January.”
"Canada is Vermont's largest trading partner, source of tourists and closest neighbor. Porter's service to Burlington is a perfect match for skiers, travelers and businesses," said Senator Patrick Leahy. "I have been proud to work with the airline and the airport to establish this route, which helps bring the world to Vermont and Vermont to the world."
Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith was optimistic that the resumed service would benefit both travel regions. “This has been a very successful partnership in previous years, and we look forward to hosting our northern neighbors again,” she said. “Vermont has an incredible array of spectacular ski areas, and Toronto is a multi-cultural, pedestrian-friendly city that’s easy to explore.”
Recently the Airport and Mamava were showcased on the VoiceAmerica radio show “Born to Be Breastfed” about making the travel experience more acceptable for breastfeeding moms by utilizing the Mamava lactation station here at BTV. Please follow this link to listen to the broadcast. The Airport is very fortunate to have partnered with Mamava on this groundbreaking tool for mothers.
Soldiers of the Vermont Army National Guard from 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) and Soldiers who have been supporting the 86th IBCT (MTN) at their rotation in the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, will be returning on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th. They are expected to return on commercially charted flights which will be operating outside the normal hours of the Burlington International Airport. One flight will be landing between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
The Soldiers returning have spent most of the month of June training in an extremely austere and dynamic environment as the first National Guard unit to conduct a decisive action rotation. In all, 21 National Guard units from other states participated in this rotation as well as five active duty units, four US Army reserve units and a US Air Force Air Support Operations Squadron. Soldiers and Airmen worked together to reinforce expeditionary capability by incorporating all elements of a modern battlespace.
"Our leaders synchronized plans across the spectrum of operations to include exercise scenarios with Conventional Forces, Host Nation Forces, Special Operations and Unified Action Partners where they were tested and have proven themselves in a joint training capability that generates the skill sets necessary for us to be ready and relevant as a force multiplier," said Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, the Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard.
The JRTC rotation allows for leader development and facilitates unit readiness which reinforces the capacity for all troops to be more adaptable in a complex world. The training was evaluated and all leaders will return with lessons learned that will prove instrumental to future training plans.
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The Burlington International Airport will conduct a simulated aviation incident to test its emergency preparedness from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires a full-scale emergency exercise at least once every three years. This drill allows airport staff and community first responders the opportunity to perform as they would in a real emergency. The exercise will test the airport’s emergency response while providing hands-on training to airport personnel, local jurisdictions and other emergency personnel. During the exercise, emergency personnel will respond as in a real emergency, including the use of sirens, firefighting and rescue equipment.
The exercise will not impact passengers or flight schedules.
If you have any questions regarding this exercise, please contact Gene Richards at 802-863-2874 ext. 200.
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