City's new carrier takes wing City's new carrier takes wing Passengers spared 'the torture' of Pearson Airport Oct. 23, 2006. 08:32 AM BILL TAYLOR STAFF REPORTER OTTAWA - You could have shown up at Toronto Centre City Airport at 6:30 this morning and gotten a seat on Porter Airlines' 7 a.m. flight to Ottawa. But, with a half-full plane and a couple of teething-trouble glitches balanced by a government contract to give federal employees cheaper flights, no one was downhearted. Tracey Baker got an extra hour in bed and was spared, she said, "the torture" of Pearson International. "I got up today at 5:30 rather than 4:30 and it was a five-minute cab ride to the airport," said Baker, who works for the Business Development Bank of Canada. In the Porter departure lounge, no one seened to know the password for the business-centre computers and there was a flurry to find cream for the complimentary coffee. The 70-seat Bombardier Q400 left a few minutes late, but arrived on time with passengers applauding the takeoff and landing. Mayor David Miller wants to shut down the airport as part of the waterfont revitalization. "No disrespect to Mr. Miller, but he's wrong," said Industry Canada employee Christine Daniel. "The Island Airport and this airline are real assets to Toronto."