Porter Airlines is resetting its tentative date for resuming flights to July 20, 2021, the company said on Monday (May 17).
“It’s encouraging to see the recovery of the aviation industry in the U.S.,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, in a statement. “As vaccination rates in Canada increase, we are hopeful travel restrictions and public health measures will ease, so we can recall our team members, welcome back our passengers and begin to rebuild the airline.”
Porter previously set June 21, as its tentative restart date.
The airline's operations were temporarily suspended on March 21, 2020, due to COVID-19.
"We want to see our planes in the sky as soon as possible and are actively working to prepare for our resumption of service," said in a statement posted to its website. "However, the ongoing uncertainty presented by government travel restrictions, including border closures, is impacting our ability to operate flights."
"We are closely watching developments and know that Porter will be an important part of providing people with travel options as the economy recovers."
The airline noted that it is currently preparing to introduce enhanced health and safety measures for its return to service, the details of which will be announced "closer to when flights restart" so that plans are as aligned with the latest public health recommendations.
To provide flexibility and give travellers peace of mind when purchasing for future travel, Porter is waiving change and cancellation fees on all fares booked between today and July 20. This also applies to Porter Escapes vacation packages.
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