Porter Plans to Resume Newfoundland Flights After Volcanic Ash Disruption

Porter Airlines Inc. plans to resume flights from Newfoundland later today after canceling an earlier flight out of St. John’s due to ash from an Icelandic volcano.

“We’re intending to operate the rest of the schedule today,” said Brad Cicero, a spokesman for the Toronto-based regional airline.

Air Canada, the country’s largest airline, and Porter canceled flights after an ash cloud from the volcanic eruption that grounded tens of thousands of flights in Europe last week threatened to spread to Canada’s east coast.

St. John’s International Airport, the main hub of Canada’s easternmost province of Newfoundland, cancelled 13 of 16 domestic departures, according to its Web site. Another four arrivals at the airport have been cancelled.

A message left with Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick wasn’t immediately returned.

Porter’s first departure out of St. John’s, at 6:45 a.m. local time, was cancelled as a “precautionary measure,” Cicero said. Flights from Halifax, Nova Scotia, haven’t been affected. Porter, which flies Bombardier Inc. Q400 turboprops, operates three scheduled flights a day between Toronto and St. John’s via Halifax and Ottawa.

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