Porter Airlines delays restart to August 31
Canada’s Porter Airlines will restart its operations a month later than previously planned due to ongoing coronavirus-prompted travel restrictions that continue to make business difficult.
The Toronto-based regional carrier, which serves 19 destinations in eastern and central Canada as well as the northeastern USA, now says it is aiming to begin flying again by 31 August.
Porter shuttered operations in March as the coronavirus pandemic was beginning to disrupt air traffic around the world. According to Cirium fleets data, the airline operates a fleet of 29 De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft and has orders for 12 Airbus A220.
The concern over lifting restrictions and opening too quickly prevents business from being done, especially when the restrictions aren’t combating against Covid-19.
In March, Canada banned all non-nationals from entering the country, with few exceptions. All travelers entering Canada by land, sea or air, including citizens, are required to go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Even those travelling within the country and between provinces can be subject to requirements that may include self-isolation.