Porter Airlines has announced it is resuming operations as of September 8.
After suspending flights due to travel restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic, the Canadian airline is planning to resume services after an 18-month layoff.
As of September 8, Porter will be servicing Canadian destinations including Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, St. John’s, NL, Thunder Bay, and Toronto.
Nine days later, as of September 17, the airline will resume servicing U.S. destinations, including Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington.
Additionally, service to other destinations is expected to resume as of October 6, depending on anticipated passenger demand.
Roughly 500 staff members will be recalled by the airline in the fall, when service resumes, with more staff being added in the following months, as more flights and destinations are added.
Further, the airline is making all fares purchased by July 20, for travel through December 15, 2021, fully refundable, with no fees—including flights purchased as part of Porter Escape vacation packages.
“This is the moment our team members, passengers and the communities we serve have been waiting for,” Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, said in a news release.
“The pandemic has progressed to the point that we can now begin restoring service across our network, focused around our main base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Being grounded for more than a year has been incredibly difficult for everyone involved. In true Porter fashion, our team members have displayed remarkable levels of commitment, engagement and optimism over this uncertain period of time, despite the vast majority being unable to work. While deciding to suspend our service was the most difficult business decision we’ve made, announcing a restart of flights is the first step in a recovery process that includes recalling hundreds of team members and welcoming back passengers. We are looking forward to once again delivering Porter’s unique style of service,” he continued.