Canadian budget carrier said Thursday it will begin flying from YOW to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas and Orlando at the end of October.
Local industry says time is of the essence to allow tourism businesses to cash in on what’s traditionally their busiest time of year.
“The recovery is starting for sure … but it’s not going to be an even recovery,” Ottawa Tourism CEO Michael Crockatt says of sector's ability to bounce back in the wake of COVID-19.
Toronto-based carrier announced it will restart its operations in phases, with Ottawa among four Canadian cities where Porter will initially resume flights on Sept. 8.
Move should come as welcome news to the Ottawa Airport, which is facing the biggest cash crunch in its history during the pandemic.
Earlier this year, Heritage Canada suggested it was looking at staging a live show after last year’s festivities were scrapped due to the pandemic.
Airport boss Mark Laroche says he’s still awaiting word on when the feds will reopen the terminal to direct flights from U.S. and international destinations.
Shows slated to be broadcast in selected local hotels were postponed after the Ontario government imposed tougher restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.
'We've got to build for 2022 and beyond': Ottawa Tourism boss urges residents to help promote capital
Michael Crockatt is calling on each resident to be an "ambassador" for the National Capital Region on social media in a bid to draw visitors once they feel comfortable travelling again.
Despite the pandemic, hotel's management team decided to take the plunge and start welcoming customers after delaying the opening several times.