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Porter pushes back reopening until Oct. 7

Last Updated Aug 4, 2020 at 1:15 pm EDT

A file photo of a Porter Airlines plane. CITYNEWS

Porter Airlines has once again pushed back its return-to-service date as the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airline was originally expected to resume flight on Aug. 31. but has now delayed service until Oct. 7.

The company cites the Canada-U.S border closure and Atlantic Canada’s travel bubble as reasons behind the decision.

“We never intended to suspend operations for such an extended period of time,” Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines, said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, the layers of travel restrictions are serving to keep most people at home and show no signs of easing. We will continue making decisions based on how the situation evolves.”

Service has been suspended since March 21 because of the pandemic.