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Porter Airlines extends suspension of operations

Passenger air service will resume on June 29
Porter Airlines has announced it will restart passenger air service on June 29. (Supplied photo)

Porter Airlines says it’s extending its temporary suspension of flights by four weeks, until June 29.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Toronto-based airline company suspended passenger air service on March 20, and had planned a restart of operations for June 1.

President and CEO Michael Deluce said that, at the time, the airline believed that date to be “reasonable,” but has since altered its restart schedule.

“While there are many promising signs about how COVID-19 is being contained, it is also clear that border restrictions, government-imposed stay-at-home orders, and bans on non-essential travel will remain in place for many regions through much of May and into June,” Deluce said in an April 27 news release.

“This makes it difficult for people to travel, so Porter will continue aligning its approach with the public health response.

“We are eager to restart operations, so that team members can be recalled to work and we can help facilitate an economic recovery,” said Deluce. “This will be done in a responsible manner, taking into account health and safety precautions.”

In Northern Ontario, Porter offers service to Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, and Timmins.

The company said to provide flexibility, it’s waiving its change and cancellation fees on all fares booked by June 29.

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