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Toronto, Canada - Canadian regional airline operator deferred flight resumption until July 29 due to the ongoing travel restrictions.

The Toronto-based carrier idled all its planes on March 20 in view of the global health crisis and it won't resume flights before July 29. The initial plan was to launch passenger services as of June 1st.

“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,” 

said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, in a May 26 news release.

“We are closely watching developments and know that Porter will be an important part of providing people with travel options as the economy recovers.”

The airline said the decision also impacts summer service to Muskoka, Ont., and Stephenville, N.L.

In preparation for return to service, Porter said it’s introducing enhanced health and safety measures, which will be announced as the date for resumption of service nears, so that its plans are “as closely aligned with the latest public health recommendations as possible.”

The airline said it’s waiving change and cancellation fees on all fares booked between May 26 and July 29. In Northern Ontario, Porter offers service to Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, and Timmins.

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