Carrier Porter Airlines has resumed operations for the first time in nearly 18 months, since its planes were grounded by public health and travel restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flights to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Thunder Bay are the first to take off again, followed by other Canadian destinations such as Halifax, Quebec City, Saint John and Moncton, New Brunswick in the next 10 days. Flights to Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington will resume on September 17, while other year-round destinations will resume on October 6.
The Toronto-based airline is recalling hundreds of workers as the recovery picks up speed.
Porter says it has bolstered its health standards with high levels of disinfection to protect passengers and employees.
Employees must be fully immunized or show negative results from COVID-19 tests administered within 72 hours of the start of their shift.
Reservations made before September 30 may be changed or canceled free of charge. Passengers also have the option of paying $ 40 plus tax to receive a full refund if their flight is canceled early for any reason.