Porter Airlines To Tap Into Federal Wage Subsidy Program To Recall Employees

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Porter Airlines says it intends to access the federal government's Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to return hundreds of its team members to payroll. 

The airline temporarily suspended all flights on March 21 to support the public health response to COVID-19, and as travel restrictions and personal movement limitations were increasing. The majority of Porter's 1,500 team members received temporary layoff notices at that time, with a small group maintaining business continuity. 

"Our team is showing outstanding dedication during a time when most are unable to work," said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. 

"As we look ahead to restarting flights when it is appropriate to do so, we are doing everything possible to stay connected with our people. The ability to use CEWS is one way of doing this. We appreciate the federal government's support in this regard." 

Porter intends to welcome back team members to active roles as operations restart and rebuild to previous levels. In the meantime, anyone currently on temporary layoff who is returned to payroll via CEWS will remain at home on inactive status.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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