"Our initial restart date of June 1, was something we believed was reasonable at the time," said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. "While there are many promising signs about how COVID-19 is being contained, it is also clear that border restrictions, government-imposed stay-at-home orders and bans on non-essential travel will remain in place for many regions through much of May and into June. This makes it difficult for people to travel, so Porter will continue aligning its approach with the public health response."
"We are eager to restart operations, so that team members can be recalled to work and we can help facilitate an economic recovery," said Deluce. "This will be done in a responsible manner, taking into account health and safety precautions."
Additional measures will be introduced prior to restarting flights in compliance with evolving regulations and Porter's own standards to ensure that our team and passengers are protected.
Travel options are important during times like these. To provide flexibility and give travelers peace of mind when purchasing for future travel, Porter is waiving change and cancellation fees on all fares booked by June 29. This also applies to Porter Escapes vacation packages. Tickets for travel beginning June 29 are available for purchase now.
Chin up .. keep moving!
Resume flying at 10-20% load factor? Apparently not. Private equity ownership.
This should be a clue for anybody else keen to get back to regular flying. Trans border travel restricted until late May. Potential extension.
Argentina closed until September for landing rights.
Summer 2020 air travel looking like a washout. 50% of previously planned capacity for any Canadian operator might be overly optimistic.
Consumers and travelers will wait Porter out and book on airlines that are actually flying.
They have to take a step and fly the near empty legs for a while if they want to get the ball rolling again. Besides, Porter and empty aircraft are hardly a new phenomenon.
Have you ever been on a Porter flight altiplano?Besides, Porter and empty aircraft are hardly a new phenomenon.
I've utilized the reciprocal jumpseat a number of times and the open seats were typically in the single digits.
Thanks again to the Porter folks for the jumpseat, you're always courteous, professional and I hope we can get back to the way things were.
But all I'm saying, you want bookings? Operate flights. Even just 6 a day in the triangle. You have to give the consumers faith that the service will be there. Everyone operating, even at drastically reduced schedules, is running on low load factors.
I'd agree YTZ-YOW-YUL twice a day would make sense ..