Porter Airlines is deferring its resumption of flights until Aug. 31, one month later than previously scheduled, due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions.
"We want to see our planes in the sky as soon as possible and are actively working to prepare for our resumption of service. However, the ongoing uncertainty presented by government travel restrictions, including border closures, is impacting our ability to operate flights," stated Porter in today's announcement. "We are closely watching developments and know that Porter will be an important part of providing people with travel options as the economy recovers."
Seasonal summer markets that Porter intended to serve in 2020 are being cancelled as part of this service deferral. Muskoka, ON., and Stephenville, N.L., are the two destinations affected.
Porter says they are preparing to introduce enhanced health and safety measures for its return to service. Details of these initiatives will be announced closer to when flights restart, so that plans are as closely aligned with the latest public health recommendations as possible.
Porter says to provide flexibility and give travellers peace of mind when purchasing for future travel, Porter is waiving change and cancellation fees on all fares booked between today and Aug. 31. This also applies to Porter Escapes vacation packages.