Those heading to Muskoka from Toronto this summer may want to consider their options when it comes to avoiding highway traffic -- not to mention rising gas prices.

For those who prefer quick and easy modes of transport, Porter Airlines is offering half-hour flights between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Muskoka Airport in Gravenhurst this summer.

Porter’s service to Muskoka begins on June 24, with recurring weekly flights twice weekly -- on Mondays and Fridays. The offering will run throughout the summer, ending September 6.

Flights will depart Billy Bishop on Mondays and Fridays at 2:25 pm, with return flights leaving Muskoka at 3:45 pm. On long weekends, flights will depart on Tuesdays. Connecting flights will also be available from various Porter destinations. 

Schedule details are as follows:

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*Tuesday departure on long weekends

"We look forward to bringing our passengers back to Muskoka after two seasons away due to the pandemic," said Michael Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines. "The picturesque Muskoka region is less than a 30-minute flight from downtown Toronto, making it more accessible for Torontonians, as well as other Porter travellers in Canada and the U.S."

Travellers can sit back and, in just under 30 minutes, enjoy scenic cottage views, explore various towns in the region, or partake in cottage country activities including golf courses, provincial parks, marinas, and even cultural attractions. 

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Porter Airlines back to the Muskoka Airport this summer," said James Murphy, executive director of RTO12, the regional tourism organization at the forefront of introducing commercial services to the area.

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Passengers can book their flight at If tickets are purchased prior to June 30, 2022, flights can be changed and/or canceled without any additional fees, however, changes must be made at least 24 hours before departure. Passengers must also ensure they comply with current government rules prior to boarding. 

Indeed, a long drive isn't the only option for cottage-goers traveling to their favourite lakes this summer.