TORONTO - De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd. has started a phased return-to-work plan after it suspended manufacturing operations in March due to the pandemic.

The company says 100 employees are back on the job.

De Havilland Canada says it's focused on resuming pre-flight activities and delivery of Dash 8-400 aircraft.

The company suspended new production of Dash 8-400 and Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft on March 20 in a move that affected nearly 1,000 employees.

During the stop in production and delivery of new aircraft, the company has continued to provide customer support and technical services.

De Havilland Canada is owned by Longview Aviation Capital Corp., which purchased the company last year from Bombardier Inc.