Porter Airlines and Air Canada today (Sept. 8) officially resumed flights out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport after almost 18 months of inactivity at the downtown Toronto facility.
Porter flights to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Thunder Bay are the airline's first routes to restart. Other Canadian destinations starting within the next 10 days are Halifax, Quebec City, St. John’s, NL, and Moncton.
U.S. destinations in Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington return on Sept. 17. Flights to other year-round destinations are set to resume as of Oct. 6, with all routes currently available for booking.
The initial flight schedule can be found at www.flyporter.com.
“Our passengers and team members have been waiting for this day to arrive,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “We currently have over 900 team members who have put in countless hours to get everything ready for our return to service, with more being recalled or hired every week. Everyone at Porter is looking forward to welcoming passengers back and delivering our distinct style of service again."
Air Canada, also starting today, will restart its service to Montreal.
"Air Canada is very pleased to offer customers the option of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport when travelling to Montreal or connecting beyond from there on our extensive global network. We are returning with a schedule of five, conveniently timed return trips each day, and we look forward to expanding our daily services as more traffic returns," said Mark Galardo, senior vice-president, network planning and revenue management at Air Canada
Toronto Mayor John Tory joined in on the celebrations at Billy Bishop on Wednesday.
"The restart of commercial service at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is an important sign of the progress we have made combatting the pandemic and getting residents vaccinated. We are safely reopening our city and I'm so confident that our economic recovery will be a success," Mayor Tory said in a statement. "Toronto will come back stronger than ever thanks to all of our collective efforts across the city. I want to thank everyone who has worked on the airport restart effort. Today we are welcoming back commercial service and all that it brings with it – more jobs, more business, and more tourism."
Billy Bishop Airport's approach to health and safety amid the pandemic can be found here.