Air Canada, Porter Resume Newfoundland Flights

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Air Canada, the country’s largest airline, and regional carrier Porter Airlines Inc. resumed flying from Newfoundland today after canceling earlier flights due to ash from an Icelandic volcano.

“Atlantic Canada is back up operating,” said Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick.

Air Canada and Porter canceled some earlier flights from St. John’s, Newfoundland after an ash cloud from the eruption that grounded flights in Europe last week threatened to spread to Canada’s east coast. Some Air Canada flights for Gander and Deer Lake were also canceled yesterday and earlier today, Fitzpatrick said.

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

Porter’s first departure out of St. John’s, at 6:45 a.m. local time, was canceled as a “precautionary measure,” said Brad Cicero, a spokesman for the Toronto-based regional airline.

“We’re intending to operate the rest of the schedule today,” Cicero said. Porter 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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