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Porter Airlines delays restart to Nov. 12

Border restrictions, quarantine period remain barriers to reopening
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Porter Airlines will not restart flying before Nov. 12, 2020 due to COVID-19 restriction. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines Inc.)

Porter Airlines has delayed the restart of operations to Nov. 12.

The Toronto-based airline said in a Sept. 8 news release the decision was based on the federal government’s decision to extend the quarantine period for travellers entering or returning to Canada, along with the continued closure of the Canada-U.S. border and the Atlantic Canada bubble.

“Every one of our markets is affected by the Canadian government’s non-essential travel advisory and border closures,” said Michael Deluce, Porter’s president and CEO, in the release.

“We understand the impact this has on our passengers and our team members, and continue to make decisions based on how the situation evolves.”

Porter first paused operations starting March 21, following the onset of the COVID-19 virus.

It has since announced several restart times, but has repeatedly pushed back the resumption of service. Most recently, it had pegged its restart date at Oct. 7.

In light of this decision, the company said, it would waive change and cancellation fees on all fares booked through Nov. 12, including Porter Escape vacation packages.

The airline offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Stephenville, N.L., Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Muskoka, Ont., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.