Porter Airlines has opened a crew base in Halifax and plans on hiring 40 new employees, including flight attendants and pilots.

The new crew base is the first outside Porter's headquarters at Toronto's Billy Bishop airport and the move will double the airline's current workforce in Halifax to 80 people.

It currently has customer service, ground handling and maintenance crews in the city.

Porter said it is opening the new base, which is expected to create operation and economic efficiencies, because of company growth.

The Halifax crew will be mainly responsible for routes that include Halifax, Moncton, N.B., St. John's, N.L., Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.