Porter Airlines Flies First Flight Since March

Porter Airlines suspended operations on March 21st following the impact of the global health crisis. However, there has been some action this month as the Canadian regional carrier has restarted flights across three cities in the country.

Porter Dash 8
Porter hasn’t resumed a scheduled service since March. Photo: abdallahh via Wikimedia Commons

Difficult climate

The carrier has been trying to restart service over the summer, but there have been a series of delays. Last month, it was reported that the airline would suspend operations until October 7th. However, in a statement earlier this month, the carrier announced that it is deferring its resumption of flights until November 12th amid the ongoing travel restrictions.

Porter Airlines Plane
Canada’s restrictions have been tough on the country’s airlines. Photo: BriYYZ via Wikimedia Commons

Some activity finally happening

However, even if scheduled operations do restart then, there has already been some activity for the outfit’s Dash 8 aircraft. According to tracking data on FlightRadar24.com, registration C-GKQG left Toronto’s Billy Bishop on September 25th at 15:29 and landed at Montréal Pierre Elliot Trudeau at 16:27.

FlightRadar.24.com Path
The first part of the trip took 58 minutes to complete. Photo: FlightRadar.24.com

From there, it headed to Mont-Joli at 19:12 and landed at 20:18.

Porter Path
The second leg took one hour and six minutes to reach Mont-Joli. Photo: FlightRadar.24.com

After that, it flew back to Toronto at 20:57 and arrived at 22:49.

Porter Path FlightRadar24.com
The plane was in service for one hour and 52 minutes on the way back to Montreal. Photo: FlightRadar24.com

Porter operates a fleet of exclusively De Havilland Canada Dash 8 aircraft. Altogether, it holds 29 units of the type. However, only one of these isn’t in storage at the moment. The carrier commenced operations in October 2006 and serves many airports across Canada. Along with its Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport hub, other focus airports are Halifax Stanfield International, Montréal–Trudeau International, and Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International.

Even though there is flight activity, it looks like it will be at least until November until there is scheduled service. The airline is eager to serve passengers, but government restrictions are creating challenging conditions.

Porter Airlines Jet
The Canadian outfit is a fan of the Dash 8 aircraft. Photo: BriYYZ via Wikimedia Commons

Still some way to go

“We want to see our planes in the sky as soon as possible and are actively working to prepare for our resumption of service. However, the ongoing uncertainty presented by government travel restrictions, including border closures, is impacting our ability to operate flights,” the airline said in its statement.

“We are closely watching developments and know that Porter will be an important part of providing people with travel options as the economy recovers.”

Nonetheless, the airline will be glad that it is making use of at least one of the Dash 8s in its fleet. It undoubtedly will be ready once scheduled service begins again.

Simple Flying reached out to Porter for comment on its flights. The airline said it is set to operate as of November 12th.

What are your thoughts about Porter Airlines’ flying with its Dash 8 aircraft this month for the first time since March? Do you miss hitting the skies with the Canadian carrier? Let us know what you think of this update in the comment section.