Porter Airlines cancels over 15 Friday night flights amid computer issues

Porter Airlines has cancelled more than 15 flights out of Billy Bishop airport on Friday night due to an issue with third-party software, it said.

Passengers on affected flights will be rebooked, airline says

Porter AIrlines said a software problem has forced the cancellation of more than 15 flights on Friday night. (David Donnelly/CBC)

Porter Airlines has cancelled more than 15 flights on Friday night due to a software malfunction. 

Porter was forced to cancel or delay dozens of flights due to "prolonged systems outages," the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport-based airline said. The issues come on the same night as Pearson International Airport has seen dozens of flight interruptions due to a major blizzard slamming the southern and eastern U.S.

Air Canada flights from the downtown island airport are not affected by the computer issues.

"Porter Airlines is cancelling a portion of its remaining flights for January 22, 2016, due to prolonged systems outages," the airline said in a statement released around 7:20 p.m.

"Passengers will be rebooked on flights as soon as tomorrow based on availability."

Porter said the computer issues stem from software provided by a third-party.

The problems are also hampering the airline's booking system.

Anyone seeking more information is advised to contact the airline's call centre at: 1-866-619-8622.

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