Porter Airlines is celebrating today (Sept. 8) as it resumes service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport close to 18 months after it suspended its flights due to COVID-19 public health and travel restrictions.
The carrier’s flights to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Thunder Bay are the first to restart; with service to Halifax, Quebec City, St. John’s, NL, and Moncton resuming in the next 10 days.
Beginning Sept. 17, Porter will resume its operations to U.S. destinations, including Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington.
Flights to other year-round destinations are set to resume as of Oct. 6, with all routes currently available for booking.
Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines, observed that: “Our passengers and team members have been waiting for this day to arrive. We currently have over 900 team members who have put in countless hours to get everything ready for our return to service, with more being recalled or hired every week. Everyone at Porter is looking forward to welcoming passengers back and delivering our distinct style of service again.”
Porter has strengthened its existing standards with a focus on high levels of sanitization in order to protect the health of its passengers and team members.
In addition to Healthy Flights, Porter has also introduced a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for its team members.
To support a safe and healthy workplace and travel experience, team members must present a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the start of their shift or be fully vaccinated.
The Canadian federal government announced in August its intention to mandate vaccination for federally-regulated workers; once specific details are known, Porter’s policy may evolve.
Bookings made before Sept. 30, will be eligible to change or cancel with no fees. Passengers also have the option to book a flight with the Full Refund Option for $40 plus taxes.
The Refund Option entitles customers to receive a refund, including base fare, taxes and fees, for their booking upon advance cancellation of their flight for any reason.
Porter’s initial flight schedule is available at www.flyporter.com .