12 JULY 2021
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Porter Airlines has returned to the skies nearly 18 months after suspending flights from the sometimes-controversial downtown airport built on an island in Lake Ontario, very close to Toronto City Centre.
The flight schedule is phased, with the initial group of Canadian destinations being Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, St John’s (Newfoundland), Thunder Bay and Toronto. US destinations at Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington follow on 17 September.
“This is the moment our team members, passengers and the communities we serve have been waiting for,” said Michael Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines. “The pandemic has progressed to the point that we can now begin restoring service across our network, focused around our main base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Being grounded for more than a year has been incredibly difficult for everyone involved.”
Founded in 2006 Porter Airlines now has a fleet of 29 locally-built De Havilland Canada (formerly Bombardier) Dash 8 turboprops. Plans to operate the CS100/Airbus A220 seem to have been scuttled due to opposition by Air Canada at the competing Toronto International Airport, although Billy Bishop has much the same runway length, and altitude, to London City Airport, which allows the -100 version to be operated.
For many years the only access was by ferry, but in 2015 a tunnel was introduced making access much easier.
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