THUNDER BAY – If you are flying to Toronto during the G-8/G20 Conference, it makes sense to keep in mind that extra security measures could impact your travel plans.
Porter Airlines are confirming that the airline will operate a full flight schedule during the G20 Summit meetings scheduled on June 26-27, in Toronto. At the same time, Porter shares, “It is possible that some minor delays may be experienced due to special security measures being implemented downtown”.
“Our main objective is to give people as much information as possible about Porter’s plan for operating during the G20, so that they can make informed travel decisions,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “Everyone recognizes this is an extraordinary event and new information may cause some plans to be adjusted. We’ll do our best to make sure our passengers have the best information as soon as possible.
“Porter is an important part of the transportation network moving thousands of people for the summit in a short period of time. It’s a responsibility that we take seriously and intend to carry out in a safe and secure manner.”
Peak summit activity between Friday, June 25, and Sunday, June 27 and the time leading up to it from Monday June 21 to Thursday June 24, may affect aspects of travel for passengers arriving to or departing from Toronto. Passengers can keep track of their flight status at www.flyporter.com.
On the ground, passengers should allow more time than usual for getting to and departing from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Some delays and detours are to be expected when navigating the city. Movement will be highly restricted within designated downtown areas that are typically accessible, particularly beginning Friday, June 25.
Road closures will prevent Porter’s shuttle bus from operating on certain days. A proactive decision has been made to suspend this complimentary service as part of security and safety plans starting Monday, June 21, through Sunday, June 27. This allows alternative plans to be made in advance. Regular shuttle service resumes Monday, June 28.
Union Station and public transit are to continue operating. A streetcar stop is conveniently-located one short block from the airport at Bathurst St. and Queen’s Quay.
Airport ferry service will operate on its normal schedule.
If travel plans are altered due to the summit, a credit can be issued or itinerary changes made for no cost. This can be arranged by contacting the Call Centre, (888) 619-8622, which is open Monday to Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, and Saturday to Sunday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET.
Passengers are also encouraged to keep up to date through media reports and websites, such as G20 Summit – http://g20.gc.ca/home/.