19 APRIL 2021
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Porter Airlines has set 21 June for the reopening of flights from Toronto Billy Bishop City. The downtown airport has been closed to all but emergency flights since the start of the pandemic. Connect Airlines is set to arrive in the autumn.
“In recent weeks, there has been open discussion by government officials about easing travel restrictions based on expectations that vaccination programmes will be well advanced in the US and Canada by early summer,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “We recognize that short-term public health measures have been enhanced recently in certain jurisdictions. At the same time, we are looking ahead to summer and preparing for the possibility of some travel restrictions unwinding. We will begin the process of rebuilding our operations as soon as conditions allow based on government decisions.”
Porter previously set 19 May as its tentative restart date. Operations were temporarily suspended on 21 March 2020, due to Covid-19.
Waltzing Matilda Aviation, a Boston-based jet charter operator, has announced the launch of Connect Airlines. The new air carrier says it will commence operations in October 2021 using DHC Q400 aircraft. No route information yet except a press release to say it will connect Toronto Billy Bishop City Airport with airports in the Northeast and Midwest United States.
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