Porter Airlines pushes back restart date to May 19


It'll be mid-May before Porter Airlines starts offering passenger flight service once again.

Flights through the Toronto-based airline, which have been suspended since March 21, 2020 due to COVID-19, are now expected to resume on May 19.

“The implementation of more restrictive travel rules by governments since our last update makes an early spring restart unviable,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, in a March 1 news release.

“While there are signs of progress in containing the pandemic, it is necessary to reset our sights based on changing conditions. We remain optimistic that things are moving in the right direction, but it is possible that this tentative date may also need to be modified if vaccinations don’t accelerate to enable the easing of travel restrictions.”

Porter had previously set its tentative restart date as March 29.

The company said it would issue updates on its status in the coming weeks.

Based out of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, 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.