LAN, Chile's national airline, flies to New York for under $200.
There are of course environmental reasons to object to an airport on the already polluted lakefront. And arguments against governments providing subsidies (in ferry boat services) to the private airline. And, if you live on the island, the recently revealed noise violations would definitely be on a list of gripes.
But, for whatever reason, the cost of a flight hasn't much entered the anti-Porter discussion. It should.
For those just looking for cheap flights - increasingly difficult with a global economic downturn and surging price of aerial fuel - Porter simply isn't the inexpensive option. The advertised fares certainly seem affordable, but fuel surcharges, taxes, and airport fees put the regional airline in the same price category as their national competition.
Take, for instance, the newish Toronto to New York (more like Newark) flight. The homegrown airline advertises an under-$100 price tag, but final costs soar toward $400 for a round trip.
And that's for one of Latin America's premium airlines that has codesharing (that is, will share flight service with other airlines, ie, book with LAN, fly to NYC on Japan Air) and a wider array of destinations.
All this seems contrary to popular opinion of cheap flights in the city. As well it's a point left out of Porter CEO Robert Deluce's last indictment of major national airlines.