Sunwing celebrates its inaugural winter flight between Québec City and the exotic destination of Panama

Residents can explore more of paradise with direct flights to Panama, Roatán and Cayo Largo, the newest destinations to Sunwing’s winter lineup from Québec City

TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing’s inaugural flight to Panama from Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) took off today, marking the start of the winter season for Québec City residents and helping them get more out of their all inclusive getaways. A new destination available to this region, the first Panama flight follows the tour operator’s winter schedule announcement this fall, seeing increased capacity for the 2022-2023 winter season amid continued demand for travel to sun destinations. Also new for local residents, Québécois can now book their well-deserved vacations in RoatánHonduras and get that summertime feeling year-round in Cayo Largo in January, Sunwing’s latest destination offering in Cuba.

“We’re thrilled to officially kick off the winter season in Québec City following today’s first official flight to Panama, followed by flights to the beautiful Caribbean destinations of Roatán and Cayo Largo in the weeks to come,” said Lyne Chayer, General Manager, Sunwing Vacations Québec. “Our customers are looking for more value and experiences this winter, and with our expansive range of vacation packages with savings on boutique and all inclusive resorts in these popular destinations, we’re making travel more accessible to Québécois customers eager to explore, celebrate and do more this winter.”

‘’The fantastic array of destinations offered by Sunwing in Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and now Panama and Honduras are sure to please the sun-seekers of Québec City and Eastern Québec,” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB. “We welcome Sunwing’s commitment to expand its offering from Québec City with the addition of three new vacation destinations; these additions respond to public demand and are perfectly aligned with our goal of providing more options for travellers in the region.”

Sunwing will be offering weekly flights from Québec City to Panama on Fridays starting on December 16, 2022 until April 7, 2023, weekly flights to Roatán on Mondays that started on December 12, 2022 until April 3, 2023, and weekly flights to Cayo Largo on Thursdays starting on January 19, 2023 until April 6, 2023.

Customers can discover the biodiverse ecosystems of Anton Valley or visit the iconic Panama Canal when visiting Panama, or swap above-land adventures for underwater exploration when snorkelling and diving some of the best spots in the Caribbean. Vacationers with a hunger for spontaneity can also take advantage of great last-minute deals to Cuba’s sunshine coast and soak up more sunshine on Cayo Largo’s pristine beaches.

Residents exploring the edge of paradise this winter will find the best travel companion in one of Sunwing’s comprehensive travel insurance options. Offering change and cancellation protection, emergency medical, trip interruption coverage and more, customers can travel with confidence and get more peace of mind on their vacations.

Customers can book their winter getaways to Panama, Roatán and Cayo Largo from Québec City this winter season by contacting their local travel agent or securing their spot in paradise by booking on Sunwing.ca.

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

Porter Airlines launching four non-stop routes from Ottawa

Doubles number of destinations served directly from nation’s capital

TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2022 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is launching four new Canadian and U.S. routes from Ottawa International Airport. Starting March 27, 2023 passengers will be able to fly on daily non-stop flights between Ottawa and Boston, New York-Newark, Quebec City and Thunder Bay, featuring Porter’s elevated economy experience.

Porter will be the only airline providing year-round daily direct flights to Boston, Quebec City and Thunder Bay from Ottawa. People from Canada’s Capital Region will benefit from the convenient travel links these routes provide.

Starting March 27, 2023 passengers will be able to fly on daily non-stop flights between Ottawa and Boston, New York-Newark, Quebec City and Thunder Bay, featuring Porter’s elevated economy experience. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

“Ottawa was our first destination when we launched in 2006, and it has always been a critical location for Porter throughout our history,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “The network expansion in Ottawa shows our commitment to the Ottawa-Gatineau region and its people. We expect our presence in Ottawa will continue growing.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of Porter’s exciting growth plans and welcome these additions to YOW’s offering. I am confident that the Ottawa-Gatineau community will continue to embrace Porter’s elevated service and comfort as more and more people return to the skies,” Mark Laroche, president and CEO, Ottawa International Airport Authority.

The new daily non-stop routes will be served by 78-seat De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft. Passengers will experience Porter’s genuine hospitality and elevated onboard service, including premium snacks, and free beer and wine in glassware for all passengers, when flights start next spring.

Routes from Ottawa (YOW)FrequencyIntroductory roundtrip fares
(including taxes and fees) start at:
Boston (BOS)1 daily$330
New York-Newark (EWR)2 daily$352
Quebec City (YQB)1 daily$322
Thunder Bay (YQT)2 daily$366

Introduction of these four new routes doubles the number of Porter’s regional destinations served from Ottawa. Porter currently flies to Fredericton, Halifax, Moncton and Toronto City. Detailed schedules can be found on www.flyporter.com.

Porter also recently announced a new maintenance base scheduled to open at Ottawa International Airport in late 2023, and a Toronto Pearson-Ottawa route to be served with its state-of-the-art Embraer E195-E2 aircraft beginning in February 2023.

About Porter

Since 2006, Porter Airlines has been elevating the experience of economy air travel for every passenger, providing genuine hospitality with style, care and charm. Porter’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft serves a North American network from Eastern Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Air Canada Readies for Summer 2023 in Canada with New and Restored Services, and Increased Frequencies

  • New, non-stop service between Montreal and Fort McMurray
  • Increased frequencies on Toronto-Kelowna, Winnipeg-Toronto, Montreal-
    Vancouver
  • Air Canada will offer over 600 daily flights on 97 routes to 51 destinations
    in Canada this summer, the most of any carrier

MONTREAL, Dec. 6, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced a new service between Montreal and Fort McMurray that will launch next June as part of the carrier’s Canadian summer schedule. For summer 2023, Air Canada is also restoring suspended services and increasing frequencies on popular routes across Canada, as the company augments its Canadian network following the pandemic.

Air Canada will offer over 600 daily flights on 97 routes to 51 destinations in Canada this summer, the most of any carrier. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“As the country’s flag carrier, Air Canada’s increased Canadian summer schedule further reinforces our role in providing critical connectivity to Canadians coast-to-coast. Our new Montreal-Fort McMurray service brings easier access from eastern Canada to one of the critical economic hubs of Alberta. And with the prudent restoration of suspended routes and increased frequencies on others, we are improving our customers’ options for domestic travel. We are looking forward to an exceptional summer, with service on 97 domestic routes to 51 Canadian airports, making us the largest Canadian carrier, with the most seats and capacity available for travellers,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“Furthermore, we’ve built our Canadian summer schedule to synchronize with our recently announced summer international schedule, facilitating connectivity through our hubs for our customers, whether they’re traveling within Canada, across the border to the US, or to our many destinations worldwide. “

New service between Montreal and Fort McMurray will begin June 20, 2023. Flights will be operated year-round, three days a week, by Air Canada Rouge using an Airbus A319 aircraft with 136 seats in a Premium Rouge and Economy Class configuration. With its new Montreal and existing Toronto service, Air Canada will be the only carrier connecting Fort McMurray non-stop to Quebec and Ontario.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC1943Montreal 08:15Fort McMurray 10:38Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
AC1942Fort McMurray 12:05Montreal 17:52Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Air Canada also announced today the resumption of several seasonal routes and one previously suspended route. This includes daily Gander-Toronto flights beginning June 1, London, Ontario-Montreal flights beginning June 17, four-times weekly Fort McMurray-Toronto flights resuming May 1, and three-times weekly Calgary-Quebec City flights starting June 19. In addition, Air Canada is planning daily widebody service on its Ottawa-Vancouver route while also offering multiple options to popular leisure destinations, such as Kelowna and Victoria through its three main hubs.

Frequency Increases

RouteFrequency (Summer 2023 versus Summer 2022)
Edmonton-MontrealIncreases to four times daily from twice daily
Vancouver-MontrealIncreases to six times daily from five daily
Calgary-TorontoIncreases to 13 times daily from 11 daily
Kelowna-VancouverIncreases to eight times daily from seven daily
Winnipeg-TorontoIncreases to seven times daily from five daily
Saint John-TorontoIncreases to three times daily from once daily
Kelowna-TorontoIncreases to two times daily from once daily
Quebec City-VancouverIncreases to five times from three times weekly

Aeroplan members can earn and redeem points on all Air Canada flights; and, where available, for eligible customers and Aeroplan members, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

On October 13, 2022, Air Canada released its international summer schedule, including new European services.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 88 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.

Advance CBSA Declaration option now available at Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport

Making your customs and immigration declaration in advance saves time at the airport

QUÉBEC CITY, Dec. 5, 2022 /CNW/ – Effective today, the Advance CBSA Declaration feature in ArriveCAN is available to all travellers arriving on international flights at the Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport.

The Advance CBSA Declaration feature provides travellers with the option to submit their customs and immigration declaration to the CBSA, up to 72 hours in advance of their arrival in Canada. Travellers can now spend less time at primary inspection kiosks (PIK) when they arrive at the airport, resulting in shorter wait times at the border. Early usage data shows that using the Advance CBSA Declaration feature cuts the amount of time a traveller spends at a PIK or eGate by roughly one third.

The Advance CBSA Declaration feature is already available to travellers arriving on international flights at the following Canadian airports:

  • Toronto Pearson
  • Montreal-Trudeau
  • Winnipeg Richardson
  • Vancouver
  • Halifax-Robert Stanfield

In the coming months, the feature will become available to travellers arriving at Calgary, Edmonton, Billy Bishop Toronto City, and Ottawa international airports. The Advance CBSA Declaration feature is part of the Agency’s Traveller Modernization initiative, which is being rolled out over the coming years. Modernizing the travel experience includes the use of digital technologies and tools for both travellers and border services officers. These tools offer more touchless options and allow for faster border processing, reducing possible disease transmission points, and ensuring the long-term safety, security and integrity of Canada’s borders.

Quick facts

  • Travellers can submit a new declaration at any point within 72 hours before their arrival in Canada. They can also edit their declaration at the airport kiosk on arrival. The declaration is not finalized until it has been certified at the airport kiosk.  
  • Personal information provided by travellers through ArriveCAN is protected under the Privacy Act. For more information, see the ArriveCAN privacy notice. Advance CBSA Declaration has an additional privacy notice that is presented to users when they access the feature. It offers end-to-end encryption for information the traveller transmits to the CBSA in advance of their arrival in Canada.

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Flair Airlines Announces New Service from Québec City

Thanks to DD for the tip on the story

  • The airline is the first ultra-low fare airline to operate from Quebec City
  • Service begins in July to Halifax and Edmonton
  • Fares start at $49

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC / ACCESSWIRE / November 29, 2022 / Today, Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, announced more low-fare options in Québec with the addition of service to Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport this summer. Service to Halifax and Edmonton begins in July.

Flair Airlines, Tuesday, November 29, 2022, Press release picture

Flair is the first true ultra-low-cost airline to serve the airport, bringing tourists and business travelers to Québec City, Halifax and Edmonton, respectively.

“Québec City is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in North America. The city will benefit from more travel options for locals and more tourists as well. We’re thrilled to be able to offer our low fares to Québecers as we grow our presence in the province,” said Stephen Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Flair Airlines. “We love the idea of Québecers visiting Halifax – with its Maritime charm, and Edmonton – with its access to the Canadian Rockies, for example. As part of our mission to provide affordable travel to all Canadians, expanding our options in Québec is very important to us. We’re excited to begin this partnership with Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport and look forward to our continued growth together.”

“The arrival of Flair Airlines at YQB is excellent news for the region. People from Québec City and the entire eastern part of the province will be able to take advantage of Flair’s affordable flights and network next summer. These new direct flights to Halifax and Edmonton meet a demand from the population and aligns with our goal to offer more options to local travellers and to be a direct gateway for tourists to the magnificent Québec City area. Now, it is necessary that the passengers take those flights if we want to prove to Flair Airlines that they were right to place their trust in us.” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB).

Service to Halifax begins on July 6 and will be three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On July 7, twice weekly service between Edmonton and Québec City begins on Mondays and Fridays.

One-way fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $49 from Halifax and $59 from Edmonton to Québec City. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. All routes are available for booking at flyflair.com.

About Flair Airlines  

Flair Airlines is Canada’s leading low-fare airline and its greenest airline, on a mission to provide affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 35 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit flyflair.com.

Air Transat announces its summer 2023 program

  • 275 flights weekly to more than 40 destinations
  • Increased flight frequency through fleet optimization

MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2022 /CNW/ – Air Transat announces its summer 2023 program today, which will feature 275 flights a week to more than 40 destinations at the height of the season. The airline will strengthen its position in Europe, increase the number of connections to the South and the United States as well as enhance its domestic service. The airline will also service over 265 additional destinations through partnerships with other carriers, mainly with its expanding network of codeshare agreements and its exclusive platform connectair by Air Transat.

“This flight program is perfectly in line with our mission, which is to encourage discovery and foster openness, whatever the destination or the reason for traveling,” said Michèle Barre, Vice-President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing, Air Transat. “From an operational standpoint, the more efficient use of our aircraft allows us to increase the frequency of flights and regain a capacity similar to what we had prior to the pandemic.”

Europe… over and over

At the height of the season, the airline will offer 88 direct flights weekly to 19 European destinations from Montreal. Out of Toronto, 73 direct flights a week are scheduled to 15 cities in Europe. Finally, from Quebec City, three weekly direct flights are scheduled to Paris and one to London.

Number of weekly direct flights to Europe*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands34
ATHENS, Greece44
BÂLE-MULHOUSE, Switzerland2
BARCELONA, Spain43
BORDEAUX, France5
BRUSSELS, Belgium3
DUBLIN, Ireland6
FARO, Portugal1
GLASGOW, United Kingdom7
LAMEZIA, Italy1
LISBON, Portugal55
LONDON, United Kingdom7114
LYON, France5
MADRID, Spain4
MALAGA, Spain2
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom6
MARSEILLE, France6
NANTES, France4
NICE, France3
PARIS, France1437
PORTO, Portugal34
ROME, Italy77
TOULOUSE, France5
VENICE, Italy21
ZAGREB, Croatia3
*At the height of the season

United States: Florida and California increasingly accessible

From Montreal, Air Transat will offer a total of 16 direct flights each week to the United States, including four to Fort Lauderdale, three to Orlando, and three each to Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, out of Toronto, seven direct flights will depart every week, including four to Fort Lauderdale and three to Orlando. From Quebec City, the company will again offer one direct weekly flight to Fort Lauderdale.

Number of weekly flights to the United States*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida414
LOS ANGELES, California3
MIAMI, Florida3
ORLANDO, Florida33
SAN FRANCISCO, California3
* At the height of the season

South: greater frequency

In keeping with the desires of Canadian seekers of sand, sun and sea, Air Transat will once again offer a selection of its most popular destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean departing from Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto.

Number of weekly flights to the South*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
CANCUN, Mexico717
CAYO COCO, Cuba31
HOLGUIN, Cuba22
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica11
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti1
PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic22
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico22
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic717
SAMANA, Dominican Republic21
SANTA CLARA, Cuba11
VARADERO, Cuba32
* At the height of the season

Domestic flights still popular

Encouraged by consumer response to travel within Canada, Air Transat will continue to offer numerous domestic flights out of Montreal and Toronto next summer.

Number of weekly domestic flights*

City-pairNumberof flights
MONTREAL–CALGARY7
MONTREAL–QUEBEC CITY3
MONTREAL–TORONTO10
MONTREAL–VANCOUVER7
* At the height of the season

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted North America’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international, transborder and Canadian destinations. It is renewing its fleet with the greenest aircraft in their category as part of a commitment to a healthier environment, knowing that this is essential to its operations and the magnificent destinations it offers. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX: TRZ). To find out more, visit airtransat.com.

Government of Canada supports Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport with new funding for critical infrastructure projects

Transport Canada

QUÉBEC CITY, Nov. 18, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada’s air sector continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure are crucial to keeping travellers, workers, and communities safe.

Today, the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Québec, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced new funding to help the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

The airport is receiving over $10 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for:

  • the reconstruction of Runway 29 and the rehabilitation of taxiways; and
  • modifications to the airport’s access and control zones to improve the circulation of international passengers between the restricted and non-restricted areas of the airport.

In addition to the funding for these infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada also provided the airport with over $4.2 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund in 2021 to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Québec City and surrounding communities.

The pandemic highlighted the important role Canada’s airports play in our country’s economy and in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. These investments will improve access to safe, reliable, and efficient air transportation options, and will help the Government of Canada deliver our commitment to build safer, healthier, and stronger communities across the country.

Quotes

“The Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport is a key transportation hub not just for Québec City but for much of northern and eastern Quebec. It connects us with family and friends, helps us discover new destinations, and is a pivotal transportation corridor for many Québec City businesses and Canada’s resource development sector. This funding will enhance airport safety for travellers, air crews and airport workers, while supporting jobs and our regional economy.”   

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Québec

“As we continue with the return of aviation activity that supports the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it is imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and to allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“As Canadians are ready to travel again, and with an increasing number of them flying out of YQB, it is essential that we provide travellers with quality infrastructure and services that are efficient and safe. On behalf of the entire team at the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for this funding. It will enable us to invest in key infrastructure projects to respond to the increase in air traffic and to effectively fulfill our role as a hub and driving force of socio-economic development for the greater Québec City area and all eastern Quebec.”

Stéphane Poirier
President and CEO
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)

“Airports are an integral part of a region’s economy, a vital gateway and a strategic transportation corridor for the community it serves. This financial support will ensure that, as Canada continues to recover from the impacts of the pandemic, the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport will continue to provide regional accessibility, and safe, reliable, and efficient air services for residents and workers across the region.”

Joël Lightbound
Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert

Quick Facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, provided $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, provided $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.

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Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.

New shopping area : YQB opens two new food concessions and an event zone for the Carnaval de Québec

QUÉBEC CITY, Oct. 7, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), along with its new partners from Blaxton Pub & Grill, Brûlerie Rousseau by Nourcy, and the Carnaval de Québec, is proud to open its new commercial area. Travellers from the city and elsewhere will be able to enjoy delicious food and drinks from these two popular local banners while they wait for their flight. They will also have the chance to explore the fascinating history of the Carnaval de Québec at the festival’s exclusive exhibition in the new event zone.

From left to right : Nicolas Nourcy, owner of Nourcy and operator of Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy, his mother Danielle Dussault, Patrick Roy, General manager of the Remparts de Québec, Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Bonhomme Carnaval and the associate owners of the Blaxton Aéroport de Québec (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
From left to right : Nicolas Nourcy, owner of Nourcy and operator of Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy, his mother Danielle Dussault, Patrick Roy, General manager of the Remparts de Québec, Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Bonhomme Carnaval and the associate owners of the Blaxton Aéroport de Québec (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Blaxton Aéroport de Québec at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, and Bonhomme Carnaval inside the exhibition on the Carnaval de Québec (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, and Bonhomme Carnaval inside the exhibition on the Carnaval de Québec (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)

“We are very pleased to officially welcome Blaxton Pub & Grill, Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy, and the Carnaval de Québec to YQB. All three organizations are the pride and joy of the region. It is our hope that these two new food concessions and the event zone will create a distinctive experience for travellers passing through the terminal, and will encourage people from Québec City and beyond to travel from YQB. We are working hard to make your airport as attractive as possible and to make it a place that reflects the colours and flavours of our beautiful region,” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.

“Blaxton Québec Airport is the first resto-bar to serve travellers at YQB in nearly 25 years. We are expanding the food options at Québec City’s airport, and we’re proud to enhance travellers’ customer experience. Created through a $1 million investment, our new restaurant seats over 160 people and is open daily from morning to night. We are very pleased to respond to a need that YQB passengers have been expressing for years, and we hope they will appreciate this new opening,” said Bassem Oueslati, co-owner of Blaxton Québec Airport.

“We’re delighted to have been able to partner with Brûlerie Rousseau et Nourcy to create an exclusive concept for Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. Our goal is to offer fast and efficient service and outstanding products worthy of the country’s most refined third-wave cafés. I’m pleased to be contributing to this new project, and to fulfill passengers’ desire to see a Québec coffee banner in the terminal,” said Nicolas Nourcy, owner of Nourcy and operator of Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy.

“Carnaval de Québec is delighted to inaugurate the new event zone at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport with an exhibition specially prepared for this unique location. For the next two years, I invite locals and tourists to discover (or rediscover) the rich history of my festival and see some of its magical highlights from years past as they wait to board. You’re going to love the mementos, photos showing the origins of the Carnaval, the evolution of its effigies, posters from different eras, and some of its amazing winter activities,” said Bonhomme Carnaval, the King of the party.

Located directly across from the exit of the security checkpoint, the new commercial area, with its two new food concessions and event zone, joins a RELAY convenience store, The Loop Duty Free, and an A&W restaurant to enhance the airport’s commercial offering.

About Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)

YQB is managed by Aéroport de Québec Inc., a private corporation responsible for the airport’s management, operation, maintenance, and development since November 1, 2000. Around a dozen carriers offer flights from YQB to destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe, and daily flights to the main hubs in eastern North America.

WestJet announces domestic winter service suspensions as airline transitions strategic direction

By WestJet | July 18, 2022

Winter service to Charlottetown, Fredericton, Sydney and Quebec City to be suspended as of November 15, 2022

As WestJet begins to strategically transition flying in Eastern Canada to focus on sun and leisure destinations as well as enhanced connections to Western Canada, the airline has announced the suspension of winter service to four communities in Eastern and Atlantic Canada. Effective November 15, 2022, service will be suspended to, Fredericton, N.B., Sydney, N.S., Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Quebec City, QC. Service between now and November 15, 2022, will NOT be affected.

Any guests with impacted travel will be notified beginning on July 18, 2022, either directly or through their travel agent. WestJet will strive to rebook guests with alternative travel arrangements, or guests will be eligible for a refund to original form of payment. More details are available here: https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/contact/alternate-travel-arrangements.

“We understand this is disappointing news and we apologize for any disruption this will cause our guests and communities,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “We are undertaking these strategic changes in a responsible manner and it was critical to give our guests and the communities as much advance notice as possible.”

WestJet recently announced how a growing, stronger, sustainable WestJet will benefit Canadians, following a strategic review to determine the best course for the airline’s sustained future success. This August, WestJet will release the airline’s full winter 2022/2023 schedule that will see significant sun and leisure flying investments for Eastern Canada along with capacity enhancements nationwide.   

“As a national airline, we will continue to engage with these communities and stakeholders as we look to enhance service to Eastern and Atlantic Canada through direct connections to Western Canada, sun and leisure destinations,” continued Weatherill. “By making these difficult decisions now, it will ensure we can offer more of what our guests expect from WestJet and solidify our airline as the most reliable and affordable airline for many years to come.”

Impacted routes:

Route Peak FrequencyServiceSuspension Date
Fredericton – Toronto  13x weeklyWestJet EncoreNovember 15, 2022
Sydney – Halifax 7x weekly WestJet EncoreNovember 15, 2022
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Canadians can escape to the sunshine coast of Cayo Largo in Cuba this fall, now offered in Canada through Sunwing

Customers can look forward to pristine beaches, warmer temperatures and sunny skies year-round

TORONTO, July 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing customers are invited to be among the first to experience a reimagined boutique vacation in the tropical destination of Cayo LargoCuba this fall. Considered Cuba’s sunshine coast thanks to its 25km of pristine, white-sand shores and summertime feeling year-round, Cayo Largo is offered through Sunwing to Canadians in search of a getaway like no other. With its prime location and warm temperatures, the destination will appeal to the most discerning of travellers.

“Cuba has long held its top spot as a Canadian favourite for Sunwing customers and, as we expand on our offerings to welcome more guests back to this beautiful island, we’re thrilled to bring new life to Cayo Largo with Sunwing as the destination’s leading choice of tour operator in the Canadian market,” says Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “Cayo Largo offers an intimate experience in a small, boutique setting that our customers won’t find anywhere else in Cuba, along with great weather, beautiful beaches, new all inclusive offerings and now with an exclusive international food import license, more comforts of home, all at an attractive price point. We anticipate the fall and winter season in this destination hot spot will sell fast, so now is the time for our customers to book their upcoming getaways.”

Canadians will be able to enjoy an intimate vacation experience at the resorts, many of which are being rebuilt or renovated to open as early as November 2022. The 11 resorts will be rebranded as Grand Memories Resorts & Spa, Memories Resorts & Spa, Starfish Resorts and Villa properties, meaning Sunwing customers will have even more opportunities to enjoy the best of Cayo Largo with the level of service these brands are known for. These resorts are available to book now for fall and winter 2022/2023 vacations starting from November 1, 2022 onward.

Situated on Cuba’s far south coast, nature lovers and travel enthusiasts will have plenty to keep them busy, exploring local aquatic life in some of the best diving conditions in the Caribbean with more than 30 dive sites and a protected marine reserve, plus over 200 ancient shipwrecks.

The island is also committed to sustainability and the integrity of the environment to ensure Cayo Largo will be as desirable as it is today for generations to come. This means electric vehicles only, a ban on plastic use and sustainable water developments in place.

With boutique all inclusive resorts or villas suited to every lifestyle, discerning travellers can find what they desire and an experience far from the ordinary, all within 15 minutes of Cayo Largo Airport.

The resorts will appeal to a variety of vacation styles and include:

  • Family-friendly resorts with amenities guest of all ages will love, including Grand Memories Cayo Largo, Memories Cayo Largo, Starfish Cayo Largo, Villa Coral, Villa Linda Mar, Villa Marina, Villa Serena and Villa Soledad
  • Adults only resorts for the ultimate friends and couples paradise, including Sanctuary at Grand Memories Cayo Largo and Villa Caprice
  • Plus, customers seeking a 2SLGBTQ+ friendly resort welcoming everyone under the sun will enjoy visiting the adults only Villa Natura

Sunwing customers can book Cayo Largo today for travel starting November 1, 2022 with five weekly direct flights from multiple gateways, and the potential to add more for the fall and winter season as customer demand evolves. The current flight schedule will be as follows:

  • Between Toronto and Cayo Largo, Fridays starting November 4, 2022
  • Between Montréal and Cayo Largo, Fridays starting November 4, 2022
  • Between Québec City and Cayo Largo, Saturdays starting December 17, 2022
  • Between Ottawa and Cayo Largo, Saturdays starting December 17, 2022
  • Between Halifax and Cayo Largo, Tuesdays starting January 10, 2023

Plus, customers who book by July 28, 2022 can still take advantage of Sunwing’s early booking bonus, with reduced deposits and added perks. For even more peace of mind, customers can purchase one of the tour operator’s comprehensive travel coverage options ahead of their fall and winter travel.

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.