Porter Airlines returns to the skies

The Toronto-based company is recalling hundreds of workers as Coronavirus travel restrictions gradually ease

Porter Airlines has officially resumed operations, almost 18 months after suspending flights due to COVID-19.  

The carrier has kickstarted services to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Thunder Bay, while US cities - including Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington - will return on September 17.  

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Flights to other year-round destinations are set to be fully restored by October 6, with all routes currently available for booking. 

“Our passengers and team members have been waiting for this day to arrive,” said Michael Deluce, CEO of Porter Airlines. “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.” 

The Canadian airline has strengthened its existing COVID-19 safety standards with a particular focus on sanitisation, to ensure a safe travel experience for its customers.  

Additionally, Porter has introduced a stringent vaccination policy, whereby employees must present a negative COVID-19 test - administered within 72 hours prior to their shift - or be fully vaccinated.  

These new rules follow the government’s recent announcement that it intends to mandate vaccination for federally-regulated workers.  

Deluce added: “Everyone at Porter is looking forward to welcoming passengers back and delivering our distinct style of service again."