Canada Toronto’s Porter Airlines temporarily suspends flights amid coronavirus pandemic

17:00  18 march  2020
17:00  18 march  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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a close up of a building: A Porter Airlines airplane hanger at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. © Nick Westoll / File / Global News A Porter Airlines airplane hanger at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Toronto's Porter Airlines announced Wednesday it will be suspending all flights beginning Friday amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The airline said in a release it hopes to resume service June 1.

"The speed of developments related to COVID-19 is shocking. It is having an unprecedented impact around the globe on businesses, economies and people," president and CEO Michael Deluce said in a release.

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"Porter supports the efforts of the Canadian, U.S. and global authorities in their responses. Government actions make it apparent that restricting activities by people in all communities is what’s required to keep everyone healthy, and ultimately to end this fast-spreading pandemic."

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The airlines said it will operate through Friday to ensure already-booked customers are able to make their trips and people who need to make travel arrangements can still do so.

Porter said it has also waived change and cancellations fees for all flights. Customers can made changes online here.

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"If you have an upcoming flight booked with us during our temporary suspension, we will email you or your travel agent with information specific to your reservation."

As of Tuesday evening, Ontario had 184 confirmed active cases of COVID-19.

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