Porter Airlines has announced it will extend its temporary flight suspension once again until next year due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.
Last month, Porter Airlines announced they would be extending the suspension until December 15. That has since changed.
In a news release on November 9, the Canadian airline announced they will be updating its planned restart date for flights to February 11, 2021.
The recent move is due to an increase in coronavirus cases and the ongoing travel restrictions.
“Deferring service until 2021 is not a decision we anticipated having to make as COVID-19 emerged early this year,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines.
“Every delay to restarting flights has the greatest effect on our team members, who are eager to do their part to help serve customers under safe conditions. Unfortunately, the continued and cumulative effects of restrictive travel advisories, border closures, and quarantines have suffocated travel demand to the point that a return to sustainable levels of passenger traffic is highly unlikely in 2020.”
Porter Airlines believes that planning a restart after the slow post-holiday January time frame will provide them with an opportunity to begin flying if conditions improve.
“This also gives more time for the development of rapid testing solutions as a promising means to lift government-imposed restrictions on travel,” states the release.