If you were hoping to take a vacation this Christmas, you may have to think again. Porter Airlines has updated its planned restart date — and it’s not until 2021.
In a statement shared on November 9, the Toronto-based company confirmed that their planes would not be taking off again until February next year.
The updated restart date
The airline temporarily suspended operations back in March and has not operated at capacity since.
The company’s president, Michael Deluce, said the chances of returning to “sustainable levels” of passenger traffic before the end of 2020 is “highly unlikely.”
A day earlier, the federal government acknowledged that the industry is suffering as a result of the pandemic and said a “package of assistance” is being developed.
However, the government says it won’t bailout Canada's airlines until all eligible passengers get refunds for flights cancelled due to COVID-19.
WestJet has already started offering ticket refunds, but the company estimates it could take months for all passengers to be reimbursed.