Air Transat Unveils Its Ambitious Winter 2022-2023 Program

The airline is diversifying and expanding its winter offering to the South, the United States and Europe by leveraging its growing network

MONTREAL, May 19, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ –  Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline in 2021 by Skytrax, is proud to announce today that it is diversifying and expanding its international offering for winter 2022–2023. For the first time in its history, it will fly to more than 350 destinations worldwide, about 50 of which will be served by its own aircraft and some 300 others through its exclusive virtual interlining service, connectair by Air Transat, as well as its code-sharing agreements.

“Our customers want and need to travel,” says Michèle Barre, Vice President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing of Air Transat. “Our response to their expectations is unique, of high quality and rich in options. We are offering an unprecedented range of destinations on four continents for this coming winter as we continue to develop and strengthen our air network.”

Air Transat continues to grow in Quebec while consolidating its position in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces with flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, the United States, Canada and Europe.

Sunshine at will: more options for the South from Montreal and Toronto

Air Transat will offer direct flights from eight cities across the country: Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Halifax and Moncton. In addition to its flights to the South, Air Transat will also offer vacationers a selection of packages at more than 290 properties.

Out of Montreal, Air Transat will expand its services on the South, including to Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico (to Puerto Vallarta and Cancun), as well as in the Dominican Republic, to Punta Cana. It will also operate direct flights to Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, the Caribbean, and El Salvador, as well as Cuba, where direct flights to Havana are back in service.

Travellers out of Toronto will also have plenty of choice to enjoy the sun and beaches of the South. Air Transat will offer direct flights to Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the United States, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, the Dominican Republic and St. Maarten.

From Quebec City, nine sun destinations will be accessible by direct flight to Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Weekly Flights – South

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
ACAPULCO – Mexico1
CANCUN – Mexico14510
CARTAGENA – Colombia32
CAYO COCO – Cuba423
FORT-DE-FRANCE – Martinique2
GUANACASTE – Costa Rica33
HAVANA – Cuba3
HOLGUIN – Cuba314
LA ROMANA – Dominican Republic11
MONTEGO BAY – Jamaica36
POINTE-A-PITRE – Guadeloupe2
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti1
PUERTO PLATA – Dominican Republic414
PUERTO VALLARTA – Mexico512
PUNTA CANA – Dominican Republic12510
RIO HATO – Panama22
SAMANA – Dominican Republic412
SAN JOSÉ – Costa Rica33
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico11
SAN SALVADOR – El Salvador1
SANTA CLARA – Cuba322
ST. MAARTEN – St. Maarten21
VARADERO – Cuba424

Major increase in service to the United States

Air Transat is also pursuing its ambitious development in the U.S. market, announcing a major increase in its offering from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando and resuming its direct flights to Tampa. It will also maintain its service to New Orleans and extend service to Los Angeles year-round.

Weekly Flights – U.S.

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
FORT LAUDERDALE – Florida957
LOS ANGELES – California3
MIAMI – Florida5
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana2
ORLANDO – Florida624
TAMPA – Florida2

Easy access to Europe: London year-round from Montreal and Marseille for the holidays

As for Europe, Air Transat will offer direct flights between Montreal and France, Portugal and Spain, as well as England, and offer year-round flights to London. It should also be noted that it will now offer its non-stop flights to Marseille for the holidays until January 8, 2023, and the following day for the flight back to Montreal.

In addition, there will be direct flights from Toronto to the United Kingdom, Portugal, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Italy, as well as from Quebec City to France.

Weekly Flights – Europe

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
FARO – Portugal1
GLASGOW – United Kingdom2
LISBON – Portugal22
LONDON – United Kingdom37
MALAGA – Spain2
MANCHESTER – United Kingdom2
MARSEILLE – France2
PARIS – France121
PORTO – Portugal1

In Canada

Air Transat will also operate domestic flights between Montreal and Toronto as well as between Montreal and Vancouver.

Weekly Flights – Domestic

DestinationNumber of flights
MONTREAL–TORONTO7
MONTREAL–VANCOUVER6

Global network expansion

To enable Canadians to simplify their travel itinerary and increase international connections, Air Transat is enhancing its offering with trusted partners through its code-sharing agreements as well as its virtual interlining service, connectair by Air Transat. In total, more than 350 destinations are available for booking.

The innovative connectair by Air Transat platform lets travellers combine Air Transat’s flights with those of seven partner airlines for more than 240 additional destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America and Canada.

The winter 2022–2023 flight program is available for booking today on the airtransat.com and transat.com websites and from all travel product distributors. New destinations will be announced in a few weeks. See you in June!

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. 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., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

Recent distinctions and awards

  • World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Named to Forbes World’s Best Employers List
  • Best Tour Operator and Favourite Overall Supplier at the Agents’ Choice Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media
  • Ranked as Canada’s 21st best corporate citizen by Corporate Knights

Air Canada Inaugurates Two New Connections from Quebec City to Western Canada

  • New seasonal service to Calgary and Vancouver begins
  • Air Canada continues to strengthen its presence in Quebec City

MONTREAL, May 1, 2022 – Air Canada operated today its first non-stop service between Quebec City and Calgary, offered four times a week, providing additional travel options to Quebecers and demonstrating its commitment to the people of the provincial capital. Flights to Vancouver will start tomorrow, on May 2, with up to three flights a week.

These new seasonal domestic routes, which will operate until the end of October, will be operated by Air Canada Rouge on an Airbus A319, featuring Premium Rouge and Economy class, product enhancements including upgraded streaming entertainment and options to purchase high-speed wi-fi.

Air Canada also offers daily flights to Quebec City out of its two eastern hubs, Montreal and Toronto, and will increase capacity during the peak summer season. This is in addition to two other new routes which started in December to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, and to the increased frequency to Punta Cana and Cancun.

“Our recovery is well underway, customers are returning and we’re happy to offer new popular destinations to better connect Quebec and Western Canada,” said David Rheault, Vice-President Government and Community Relations at Air Canada. “Quebec City, Calgary and Vancouver have a lot to offer and share. These new services will meet the growing demand from the Quebec City market for travel to Western Canada, while at the same time allowing tourists from Western Canada to discover and enjoy Quebec City, one of the most famous destinations in the country, with its important cultural and historic sites. Air Canada’s diversified schedule demonstrates its commitment to Quebecers and its desire to better serve the Jean Lesage International Airport, a long-time partner. Our leadership and unique extensive network will stimulate the recovery of the travel and tourism industry.”

“Vancouver and Calgary are popular destinations and this is an important development for our airport and the entire region,” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). “In recent months, Air Canada has not only made the decision to quickly restore pre-pandemic routes but has also increased the frequency of its flights and added new destinations. Now, we are counting on the population of the greater Quebec City area to ensure the success of these connections.”

“The new flights from Quebec City will be beneficial for the citizens of the region as well as for tourists who want to discover our beautiful province,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Quebec. “The Quebec City airport is an economic development driver for businesses and the eastern part of the province, and we will continue to support the industry during the recovery period.”

“The entire tourism industry in the Quebec City region is delighted with the enhancements to its air service with the introduction of flights to Calgary and Vancouver from Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport and welcomes the gesture of confidence made by Air Canada. For us, at Destination Québec Cité, this means greater accessibility for visitors to our destination and, at the same time, an opportunity to develop new markets. Western Canada represents an interesting pool of visitors to charm and attract. That is why we will support the promotion of these flights with the implementation of digital initiatives for the summer period,” said Robert Mercure, Director of Destination Québec Cité.

These flights are conveniently timed for connections onward to other destinations in Canada, the US and our international network from either Vancouver or Calgary.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from the independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which in 2021 also named Air Canada as having the Best Airline Staff in North America, Best Airline Staff in Canada, Best Business Class Lounge in North America, as well as an Excellence award for its handling of COVID-19. Also in 2021, Air Canada was named Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America for the third straight year. In January 2021, Air Canada received APEX’s Diamond Status Certification for the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosafety program for managing COVID-19, the only airline in Canada to attain the highest APEX ranking. Air Canada has also committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.

Air Transat and WestJet launch Transatlantic codeshare

MONTREAL and CALGARY, AB, April 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Today, Air Transat and WestJet have launched a new transatlantic codeshare. WestJet’s “WS” code is now activated for sale on select Air Transat operated flights to/from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Croatia. Connections via Montreal and Toronto are now available for flight dates beginning May 17, 2022.

On May 4, 2022, Air Transat’s “TS” code will be activated on select WestJet flights, and from that date Air Transat will also offer itineraries connecting select WestJet flights with appealing Air Transat European destinations. 

“We are very excited to launch this codeshare agreement with WestJet,” said Michèle Barre, Vice President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing of Air Transat.  “The complementarity of our respective networks allows us to offer more alternatives to our customers, providing them with a quality and affordable product. This partnership is part of Air Transat’s development strategy, enhancing our long-standing presence in the transatlantic market.”

“This new codeshare with Air Transat complements our growing global network, allowing WestJet to offer guests exciting new destinations in Europe,” said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet.  “As our guests return to travel, these new options will connect North America and Europe in new ways and benefit guests on both sides of the Atlantic.” 

With this new codeshare, guests now have more options for their transatlantic travel, and will enjoy conveniences such as a single purchase for connecting flights, the ability to check in for all flights at their first departure, and baggage checked through to their final destination.

Once activated, both Air Transat and WestJet codeshare ticket sales will be available via the carriers’ websites and call centers, as well as via major GDS systems and travel agencies.

Subject to connectivity between their scheduled flights, Air Transat and WestJet will both offer the following transatlantic routings:

WestJet
Operated Flights
Air Transat “TS”
Codeshare
Applied
Connection
Via
Air Transat Operated Flights
WestJet “WS” Codeshare Applied
Deer Lake
St. John’s
Halifax
Sydney
Fredericton
Moncton
Charlottetown
Montreal
Quebec City 
London, ON
Ottawa
Thunder Bay
Toronto
Winnipeg
Regina
Saskatoon
Boston
N.Y. LaGuardia
Montreal

Toronto
France:  Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Nice 

Italy:  Lamezia, Rome

Spain: Malaga  

Portugal:  Faro

Switzerland: Basel-Mulhouse

Croatia: Zagreb

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. 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., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that has achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

About the WestJet Group of Companies 

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit www.westjet.com

YQB reveals its 2021 results – Everything is set to bounce forward with confidence and determination

QUÉBEC, April 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ -Today, after two years of a global pandemic that brought its momentum to a screeching halt, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) unveiled its 2021 results, which show encouraging indicators of recovery. All signs are pointing towards a quick rebound.

Bouncing forward with determination

If there is one indicator that does not lie, it is passenger traffic, and in 2021, the passengers clearly bucked the forecasted trends. At the beginning of the year, as border restrictions multiplied, YQB anticipated a historic drop in passenger traffic. Far from the 1.8 million passengers it saw in 2019 and the 535,000 that visited in 2020, the airport expected to receive as few as 100,000 people for this second year of the pandemic. Thanks to intense work to speed up the recovery, the airport ended up receiving three times more passengers than expected—353,203—thus limiting its losses to $29.6 million. For 2022, forecasts suggest that the airport could see between 700,000 and 1,000,000 passengers.

Throughout 2021, there were numerous positive announcements about routes to Québec City. These were not a matter of luck, but rather the outcome of ongoing collaboration among YQB, the airlines, and all those with a stake in the economic and touristic development of the greater Québec City area. For the summer of 2022, YQB is showing an excellent recovery rate for its seat offerings. With the newly announced flights, the airlines are offering the same number of seats as in 2019.

“Carriers are sending a clear signal: Québec City is worth it. And passengers from the area can also play their part simply by showing up! Now that we can start travelling again, it is essential that people from the greater Québec City area fly out of YQB. This is the only way to show our airlines that they’re right to trust us. In the meantime, our teams are continuing to work hard to ensure the success of all of our new routes. We are ready to bounce forward with determination, confidence, and a strong commitment to our employees, our community, and our region,” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB.

Bouncing forward with confidence

Until we have fully recovered, YQB must do everything it can to keep its head above water. That is why, in 2021, YQB concluded a financing agreement allowing it to take on $150 million in debt from private financial institutions. This amount is deemed sufficient to ensure the delivery of essential services and carry out the necessary infrastructure projects until it returns to profitability.

By 2024–2025, YQB is expected to see the same traffic levels as in 2019. However, losses may reach $100 million by the time the company returns to profitability.

It is important to remember that right from the start of the pandemic, when revenues were clearly dwindling, all sources of expenses were scrutinized. The goal was to continue providing an essential service to the public 24/7 by limiting cumulative losses. 

Despite the challenges it faced, the organization made the strategic choice not to increase airport improvement fees and general aviation fees in 2022, for the fifth consecutive year. Although these decisions will have an impact on the bottom line, the airport authority determined that they would promote recovery. 

In addition, there is an ambitious recovery plan underway to diversify YQB’s revenues and enable the organization to further play its role as an economic driver for the region.

Bouncing forward as a team

Like the good news announced throughout the past year, the organization’s future success will depend on the continued collaboration of governments and regional partners.

To that end, the federal government has announced that it will provide nearly $17 million in funding to support YQB’s recovery. For its part, the Québec government, through the Ministry of Tourism, has supported YQB to the tune of $2 million. These funds are intended to support the development of direct international routes to Québec City.

In addition to the financial support from government sources, the business community has been overwhelmingly supportive of the airport’s goals; the airport’s recovery plan has received 94% support from the greater Québec City area business community. This mark of confidence encourages the team to work even harder to remain a lever for growth for the region. 

“We were faced with great challenges in 2021. Yet week after week, the teams at YQB adapted and steadily pursued their goal of multiplying successes so that the organization would be able to bounce forward as soon as possible,” said André Boulanger, Chairman of the YQB Board of Directors. “As we look back, we can see that the hard work of our teams and partners has brought a lot of good news to the people of the greater Québec City area. I would like to thank all YQB’s employees, its management team, and its directors for their contributions during the ups and downs of this eventful year. As the recovery takes shape, and as air traffic gradually picks up, I truly believe that we have made all the necessary efforts to ensure that YQB emerges from this pandemic on the best possible footing,” he concluded.

Highlights

  • 353,203 passengers came through YQB in 2021—three times more than the expected 100,000 passengers
  • YQB hopes to see 1 million passengers in 2022
  • Return to 2019 passenger traffic levels (1.8 million) expected in 2024 or 2025
  • Deficit of $29.6 million in 2021, and estimated losses of approximately $100 million by the time profitability is restored
  • Enhanced service for summer 2022:
    • New routes to Europe: London and Paris
    • New carrier: Air France
    • New flights to Western Canada: Calgary and Vancouver
    • Return of U.S. carriers: American Airlines and United
    • Continuation of flights to sun destinations: Cancún, Fort Lauderdale, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, and Varadero
  • Opening of the Blaxton Aéroport de Québec bar-restaurant and the Brûlerie Rousseau café, by Nourcy, planned for this summer

About Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)

YQB is managed by Aéroport de Québec Inc., a non-profit, non-share capital 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.

Air Transat resumes direct flights to France’s regions

  • Travellers can soon fly to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse once again
  • The airline is also relaunching its non-stop flights to Paris from Toronto and Quebec City
  • Service between Montreal and Paris will be further increased with up to 14 weekly flights

MONTREAL, April 8, 2022 /CNW/ – Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline, is proud to announce the gradual resumption of its operations to France’s regions, starting today with the departure of its first direct flight from Montreal to Marseille. From Brittany to Provence, Aquitaine and Auvergne, six destinations will be available once more to Quebec travellers in the coming weeks. Finally, in addition to gradually increasing flight frequency between Montreal and the City of Light, the airline will soon be relaunching its service to Paris from Toronto and Quebec City.

“We are very pleased to resume our flights to France’s regions. These routes—most of which we operate exclusively—have been an integral part of our flight program for many years,” said Joseph Adamo, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Transat.

He added: “The ties between Canada and France are very valuable and as our global recovery picks up speed, we look forward to meeting the significant latent demand. We know that whether travellers are going on vacation or catching up with loved ones, they really appreciate the ease of flying direct to their final destination, especially on our new-generation aircraft.”

Non-stop service to France

From Montreal, Air Transat will gradually start flying back to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse by early May. This enhanced flight program to the regions of France is, of course, in addition to the usual daily Paris service from Montreal, which will reach up to 14 flights per week in May.

The company will also resume its direct service to Paris from Toronto on May 3 and from Quebec City on April 10.

At the height of the summer season, a total of 43 weekly flights to France will be operated from Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto.

Departure cityDestinationStart dateNo. of direct weekly flights*
MontrealBordeauxMay 24
MontrealLyonApril 254
MontrealMarseilleApril 85
MontrealNantesMay 23
MontrealNiceMay 32
MontrealParisYear-round14
MontrealToulouseMay 14
Quebec CityParisApril 103
TorontoParisMay 34
*At the height of summer season.

Flexibility for travellers

For a limited time, customers booking flights on Eco Budget, Eco Standard or Club Standard fares will benefit from additional flexibility. They can change their travel dates and/or destination at no cost up to 24 hours before departure and simply pay the fare difference, if any.

Customers looking for maximum flexibility can opt for Eco Flex and Club Flex fares, which will allow them to make changes to their booking free of charge and obtain a refund in case of cancellation, regardless of the circumstances.

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. 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., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that has achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

Recent distinctions and awards

  • World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Named to Forbes World’s Best Employers List
  • Best Tour Operator and Favourite Overall Supplier at the Agents’ Choice Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media
  • Ranked as Canada’s 21st best corporate citizen by Corporate Knights

Air Transat relaunches most of its summer routes

  • Starting in April, the airline will gradually restart flights to a total of 25 European destinations, including the six it currently serves
  • It is consolidating its position in the transatlantic and United States markets
  • At the height of the season, it will operate more than 250 direct flights weekly on 69 direct routes

MONTREAL, March 7, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline, is proud to announce today the relaunch of a significant number of its routes for the summer season. In particular, the company is consolidating its position in the transatlantic market and continuing to develop its services in the United States, in addition to offering flights to the South and within Canada. At the height of the summer season, it will operate more than 250 direct weekly flights on 69 direct routes.

“The numbers tell us clearly that with the gradual lifting of travel restrictions worldwide, people are more ready than ever to plan their next trip, whether to Europe, the U.S., Canada or to South destinations,” said Joseph Adamo, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Transat. He continued: “The outlook for the summer season is favourable, and our abundant air offering, which includes the vast majority of our pre-pandemic destinations as well as exciting new routes, is enabling us to respond to the significant pent-up demand. This surge in demand has also allowed us to increase capacity on certain key routes between now and the end of the winter season.”

Expanded service to Europe starting in April

From Montreal and starting in April, Air Transat will gradually resume its direct flights to 16 European destinations including, for the first time, Amsterdam. Customers will once again be able to travel non-stop to Athens, Basel-Mulhouse, Barcelona, Brussels, London, Madrid, Porto, Rome and Venice, as well as to the French provinces, including Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse. In addition, the airline currently offers flights to Malaga and Lisbon, as well as a daily service to Paris, which will increase to up to 14 flights per week during the summer.

From Quebec City, Air Transat will be the only airline to offer non-stop service to two European capitals: first, to Paris starting in early April and, for the very first time and exclusively, to London in May.

From Toronto, Air Transat will serve 15 European cities this summer. Flights to Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Dublin, Lamezia, Paris, Rome, Venice and Zagreb will once again be offered, in addition to the flights currently operated to Glasgow, Lisbon, London, Manchester and Porto. Furthermore, due to sustained demand for southern Portugal, Air Transat will now fly to Faro year-round.

Departure cityDestinationStarting
MontrealAthensApril 30
MontrealAmsterdam*May 5
MontrealBarcelonaApril 13
MontrealBordeauxMay 2
MontrealBrusselsMay 2
MontrealBasel-Mulhouse-FreiburgMay 4
MontrealLisbonYear-round
MontrealLondon-GatwickMay 1
MontrealLyonApril 25
MontrealMadridApril 5
MontrealMalagaYear-round
MontrealMarseilleApril 8
MontrealNantesMay 2
MontrealNiceMay 3
MontrealParisYear-round
MontrealPortoMay 5
MontrealRomeApril 8
MontrealToulouseMay 1
MontrealVeniceMay 5
Quebec CityParisApril 10
Quebec CityLondon*May 11
TorontoAmsterdamApril 13
TorontoAthensMay 1
TorontoBarcelonaMay 3
TorontoFaroYear-round
TorontoGlasgowYear-round
TorontoLisbonYear-round
TorontoLondonYear-round
TorontoManchesterYear-round
TorontoParisMay 3
TorontoPortoYear-round
TorontoDublinApril 11
TorontoRomeApril 16
TorontoLameziaJune 8
TorontoVeniceMay 2
TorontoZagrebMay 7

*New route

Heading to the U.S. sun
Air Transat will land in California for the first time in its history, serving both San Francisco and Los Angeles from Montreal. And given the unfaltering popularity of Florida, the airline will be operating several of its flights year-round; namely, flights from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale, and from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, will now be offered throughout the year.

Departure cityDestinationStarting
MontrealFort LauderdaleYear-round
MontrealLos Angeles*May 16
MontrealMiamiYear-round
MontrealOrlandoYear-round
MontrealSan Francisco*May 19
Quebec CityFort LauderdaleYear-round
TorontoFort LauderdaleYear-round
TorontoOrlandoYear-round

*New route

Even more domestic flights and connections

Interest in domestic flights is not fading and all indications are that travel within Canada will still be popular this summer. That is why Air Transat will offer an enhanced flight program between Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Calgary and Vancouver.

These flights will also provide many Canadians access to international flights via connections in Toronto and Montreal.

RouteStarting
Montreal – CalgaryMay 2
Montreal – QuébecApril 10
Montreal – TorontoYear-round
Montreal – VancouverMay 1
Toronto – CalgaryMay 1
Toronto – VancouverMay 1


The South, always popular even in summer

Because Canadians remain fond of the South even during the summer season, Air Transat will offer a wide selection of its most popular destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean from Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto.

Departure cityDestinationStarting
MontrealCancunYear-round
MontrealCayo CocoYear-round
MontrealHolguinYear-round
MontrealMontego BayYear-round
MontrealPort-au-PrinceYear-round
MontrealPuerto PlataYear-round
MontrealPunta CanaYear-round
MontrealSamanaYear-round
MontrealSanta ClaraYear-round
MontrealVaraderoYear-round
Quebec CityCancunYear-round
Quebec CityPunta CanaYear-round
TorontoCancunYear-round
TorontoCayo CocoYear-round
TorontoHolguinYear-round
TorontoPuerto PlataYear-round
TorontoPunta CanaYear-round
TorontoSanta ClaraYear-round
TorontoVaraderoYear-round


Flexibility for travellers

For a limited time, customers booking flights on Eco Budget, Eco Standard or Club Standard fares will benefit from additional flexibility. They will be able to change their travel dates and/or destination free of charge up to 24 hours prior to departure and will have to pay only the difference in fare, if any.

Customers looking for maximum flexibility can purchase Eco Flex and Club Flex fares (flights) or Option Flex Extra (packages). This will allow them to make changes to their booking free of charge and obtain a refund in the event of cancellation, regardless of the circumstances.

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. 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., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that has achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

Recent distinctions and awards

  • World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Named to Forbes World’s Best Employers List
  • Best Tour Operator and Favourite Overall Supplier at the Agents’ Choice Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media
  • Ranked as Canada’s 21st best corporate citizen by Corporate Knights

Air Canada Affirms Market Leadership by Expanding its North American Network this Summer as Recovery Accelerates

  • Seven New Routes launching from three Canadian hubs
  • Restoration of 41 North American routes, return to 11 North American cities
  • Air Canada offers the most seats, frequencies of any Canadian carrier with 90% of its pre-pandemic North American capacity this summer
  • Air Canada’s leadership and unique extensive network will stimulate the recovery of the travel and tourism industry

MONTREAL, Feb. 22, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced an expansion of its North American network for Summer 2022 as the carrier’s recovery from COVID accelerates. With the launch of new service on four transborder and three domestic routes, as well as the restoration of 41 North American routes, Air Canada will operate to 51 Canadian and 46 U.S airports this summer and offer customers the largest network and most travel options of any Canadian carrier.

New services will be launching to the U.S. from Montreal to Atlanta and Detroit, Toronto to Salt Lake City, and Vancouver to Austin. Within Canada, three new routes will begin between Montreal and Gander, Calgary and Fort St John, and Vancouver and Halifax. Additionally, service will be restored on 41 North American routes, including: 13 routes from Toronto, nine from Montreal, five from Ottawa, five from Vancouver, four from Calgary, three from Halifax, and two from Edmonton. The routes are timed to connect with Air Canada’s domestic, U.S. and international network at the airline’s global hubs in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal 

“Canadians are ready to travel, and we’re excited to be offering a very significant growth in our schedule this summer. With our recovery accelerating and North American flying reaching 90% of pre-pandemic levels this summer, we are offering more options across the continent, including seven new city pairs from our Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver hubs, and the resumption of 41 suspended or previously announced new routes. These changes will also grow and cement our position as the leading carrier of choice in the transborder market, with the most non-stop flying between Canada and the U.S. and as the foreign carrier with the most service to the U.S. Moreover, our revitalized North American network, designed to connect easily with our global network, gives customers by far the widest choice of routings and destinations of any Canadian carrier this summer,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“To match our unrivalled network, we are also enhancing our award-winning airport and onboard services. All 23 of our Maple Leaf Lounges are now open, with new features such as ordering from your seat for safety and greater convenience, and we have introduced a range of touchless airport services that make the check-in and boarding process more convenient. Customers can also benefit from our transformed Aeroplan program, which offers members greater value and flexibility when redeeming reward travel. And, of course, all customers will enjoy Air Canada’s industry leading customer service, recognized at the most recent Skytrax World Airline Awards, where our people won for Best Airline Employees in Canada and in North America.”

Award Winning Service

Select routes will feature wide-body aircraft with Air Canada Signature Class, with lie flat seating, and Premium Economy. Seats in all cabins are available for purchase now at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada’s Contact Centres, and travel agents.

Air Canada’s onboard services on flights greater than two hours feature new Economy Class Bistro selections, including products by Canadian brands and partners, such as meals inspired by celebrated Montreal Chef Jerome Ferrer.

All customers can collect and redeem points through Aeroplan, Canada’s leading loyalty program, when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

New Transborder and Domestic Routes 

Flight From To Frequency Start Date 
AC 799 Toronto Salt Lake City Thu, Sat, Sun 02 JUN 
AC 8567 AC 8569 Montreal Atlanta  Double Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8581 AC 8583 Montreal Detroit Double Daily 01 JUN 
AC 1062 Vancouver Austin Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 01 JUN 
AC 7900 MontrealGander Daily 25 JUN 
AC 362 Vancouver Halifax Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 01 MAY 
AC 8453 Calgary Fort St. John Daily 01 MAY 

Returning and Previously Announced New Routes

Flight From To Frequency Start Date 
AC 8680 AC 8682 Toronto Baltimore Double Daily 15 MAY 
AC 8745 AC 8747 Toronto Charlotte Double Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8705AC 8707Toronto Cincinnati Double Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8895AC 8897 Toronto Indianapolis Double Daily 15 MAY 
AC 513 Toronto Portland Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 27 JUN 
AC 8795 AC 8797 Toronto St. Louis Double Daily 07 MAY 
AC 8590 Toronto Hartford Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8917 Toronto Milwaukee Daily 01 JUL 
AC 8677 Toronto New Orleans Daily 01 JUL 
AC 8865 Toronto Kansas City Daily 01 JUL 
AC 1941 TorontoFort McMurrayTues, Thu, Sat03 MAY
AC 1975Toronto NanaimoMon, Wed, Fri29 JUN 
AC 8410TorontoGanderDaily01 JUN 
AC 8791 Montreal Pittsburgh Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8735 Montreal Raleigh Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8759 Montreal Baltimore Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8771 Montreal Nashville Thu, Fri, Sat 02 JUN 
AC 1285 Montreal Phoenix Tue, Sat 03 MAY 
AC 527 Montreal San Diego Wed, Fri, Sun 20 MAY 
AC 515 Montreal Seattle Daily 31 MAY 
AC 1685 Montreal Victoria Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 03 JUN 
AC 8543 Montreal ReginaDaily 01 MAY 
AC 8545 Montreal Saskatoon Daily 01 MAY 
AC 532 Vancouver Boston Daily 04 JUN 
AC 8596VancouverSacramentoDaily01 JUN
AC 539 Vancouver Anchorage Daily 07 MAY 
AC 8482 Vancouver Yellowknife Daily 01 JUN 
AC 1870 Vancouver Quebec Mon, Wed, Fri 02 MAY 
AC 8869 Ottawa Washington-Reagan Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8109 Ottawa Winnipeg Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8182 Ottawa Charlottetown Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8098 Ottawa Quebec City Daily 01 JUN 
AC 7701 AC 7705 AC 7709 AC 7711 Ottawa Toronto Island Up to 4 times Daily01 MAY 
AC 8661 Halifax Boston Daily 24 JUN 
AC 8549 Halifax Goose Bay Daily 30 APR 
AC 584 Calgary New York-Newark Daily 01 MAY 
AC 392 Calgary Halifax Daily 30 APR 
AC 1872 Calgary Quebec Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun 01 MAY 
AC 8289 Calgary Castlegar Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8563 Edmonton San Francisco Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8113 Edmonton Yellowknife Daily 01 JUN 

Air Canada may continue to adjust its schedule as more opportunities arise or based on COVID-19’s trajectory and the further easing of government travel restrictions.

Travel Policy: Book with confidence

Air Canada’s new refund policy is applicable to all tickets purchased. It offers customers the option of a full refund to the original form of payment, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or the equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours.

To book your next trip and for most updated schedule, visit aircanada.com.

Travelling internationally? Visit our Travel Ready Hub for the latest government entry requirements. Customers are responsible for ensuring they meet all government entry requirements, including holding the correct travel documents, visas, any required health certificates, and all other eligibility requirements for any flights they purchase. Government requirements may change with little notice.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from the independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which in 2021 also named Air Canada as having the Best Airline Staff in North America, Best Airline Staff in Canada, Best Business Class Lounge in North America, as well as an Excellence award for its handling of COVID-19. Also in 2021, Air Canada was named Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America for the third straight year. In January 2021, Air Canada received APEX’s Diamond Status Certification for the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosafety program for managing COVID-19, the only airline in Canada to attain the highest APEX ranking. Air Canada has also committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

The capital region’s tourism industry celebrates the arrival of Air France in Québec City

QUÉBEC CITY, Jan. 17, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), the Ministry of Tourism, Destination Québec cité, the City of Québec, the City of Lévis, and the Québec City Convention Centre are delighted that Air France, one of the world’s largest airlines, has decided to come to Québec City next summer. As of May 17, 2022, Air France will connect the Capitale-Nationale area to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport with three weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. 

With this new Québec City–Paris route, people in the region will have access to more than 1,000 destinations in 170 countries thanks to the impressive networks of Air France-KLM Group and the SkyTeam Alliance. This new route will also allow numerous international visitors to discover our great region in the coming years. 

The French airline’s announcement was celebrated by members of the region’s tourism industry, who have joined forces to achieve a common goal: develop Québec City’s air service.

“Welcoming Air France, one of the world’s largest airlines, to YQB is a boon to the socio-economic development of the greater Québec City area. We have made a commitment to the public to develop new air routes. Today’s announcement aligns with that goal of offering more options to local travellers and being a direct gateway for tourists to enter the amazing Québec City area. While our industry and operations were severely impacted by the global pandemic, we have continued to work with the region to recover and expand our flight options. We pooled our resources and our energies, and now we’re reaping the rewards of this extraordinary collaboration.” 
Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB

“Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport has a strategic role to play in making not just the Capitale-Nationale region, but Québec as a whole, more attractive and growing their capacity. For that reason, your government is proud to support the Airport in its mission to increase the number of routes, which will eventually benefit the entire tourism industry in the capital and surrounding areas. I would like to congratulate the teams at Jean Lesage International Airport and Air France, as well as all the partners involved in the creation of this new route.”
Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions

“The new Québec City–Paris route this summer is excellent news for the recovery of our tourism industry. The region’s tourism industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and the lack of international tourists in recent months, and that has had a significant ripple effect for local businesses. France is Québec City’s fourth-largest tourist market, so this new route is a breath of fresh air, but it also opens the door to a whole European market.” 
Robert Mercure, General Manager of Destination Québec cité

“This is a great day for the airport and for Québec City, which is now one of just four cities in Canada to have a direct connection with Air France. In addition to giving the people of Québec unprecedented access to the old continent, this agreement will bring major economic benefits to the city. The thousands of additional tourists that will visit the capital over the next few years will be a breath of fresh air for our businesses, restaurants, and hotels. As for our entrepreneurs, for whom France is the main export market, this agreement between Air France and YQB will give rise to a multitude of possibilities. Really, we couldn’t have hoped for more during our economic recovery.”
Bruno Marchand, Mayor of Québec City

“The new Paris–Québec City route is excellent news for the people of central and eastern Québec. Now more than ever, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport is a key factor in the growth and influence of the booming Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. We are proud of the solidarity of all our regional partners, who work hard every day to give us a strong position on the international scene.”
Gilles Lehouillier, Mayor of Lévis

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. 

Air Transat announces its summer 2022 flight program

MONTREAL, Nov. 11, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline, is proud to announce its flight program for the summer of 2022. At the height of the season, it will operate more than 250 flights each week to 44 destinations. It will gradually increase its service to Europe, strengthen its position in the United States by offering flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco for the first time, offer a selection of its most popular South destinations, and enhance its domestic flight program.

“We are actively rebuilding our network with a modern and versatile fleet that will enable us to meet the increased demand expected in 2022,” said Annick Guérard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Transat. “We will be returning to almost all of the destinations served before the pandemic, in addition to offering Canadian travellers major new destinations.”

An expanded Europe flight program

From Montreal, the airline will offer 7 direct flights weekly to London-Gatwick and 14 to Paris. It also plans to restart operations to the French provinces, with service to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse. A total of 19 European destinations will be accessible via direct service from Montreal, including a new route to Amsterdam.

Air Transat will also strengthen its position as the leading international carrier departing from Jean Lesage Airport in Quebec City by offering exclusive non-stop flights to two European capitals: Paris and, for the first time, London.

From Toronto, in addition to 14 weekly flights to London, travellers will also be able to fly to 13 other key European destinations in Croatia, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the U.K.

Number of weekly direct peak-season flights to Europe

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands34
ATHENS, Greece33
BASEL-MULHOUSE, Switzerland1
BARCELONA, Spain32
BORDEAUX, France4
BRUSSELS, Belgium3
DUBLIN, Ireland5
GLASGOW, United Kingdom4
LAMEZIA, Italy1
LISBON, Portugal55
LONDON, United Kingdom7114
LYON, France4
MADRID, Spain3
MALAGA, Spain2
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom4
MARSEILLE, France5
NANTES, France3
NICE, France2
PARIS, France1434
PORTO, Portugal23
ROME, Italy45
TOULOUSE, France4
VENICE, Italy21
ZAGREB, Croatia2

United States: focus on California and Florida

From Montreal, Air Transat will introduce a new direct service to California with two flights a week to San Francisco and three to Los Angeles. It will also intensify its service to Florida by operating flights between Montreal and Miami throughout the year, in addition to flying to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from both Montreal and Toronto.

Finally, travellers from Quebec City will now be able to enjoy direct flights to Fort Lauderdale year-round.

Number of weekly direct peak-season flights to the U.S.

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida414
LOS ANGELES, California3
MIAMI, Florida3
ORLANDO, Florida23
SAN FRANCISCO, California2

The South all year

Because Canadians are fond of South getaways even during the summer, Air Transat will offer a selection of its most popular destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean out of Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto.

Number of weekly direct peak-season flights to sun destinations

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
CANCÚN, Mexico415
CAYO COCO, Cuba22
HOLGUIN, Cuba11
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica1
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti2
PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic21
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic515
SAMANA, Dominican Republic1
SANTA CLARA, Cuba22
VARADERO, Cuba22

More domestic flights and connections

By closely observing the market and emerging travel trends, Air Transat is convinced that the popularity of travel within Canada will still be strong in the summer of 2022, which is why it will continue to enhance its domestic flight program.

These flights will also provide many Canadians with access to international destinations via connections in Toronto and Montreal.

Number of weekly peak-season domestic flights

City-pairNumber of
flights
MONTREAL–CALGARY8
MONTREAL–QUEBEC CITY5
MONTRÉAL–TORONTO15
MONTRÉAL–VANCOUVER10
TORONTO–CALGARY8
TORONTO–VANCOUVER10
Air Transat may have to modify its flight schedule subject to the changing COVID-19 situation and resulting travel restrictions.

About Air Transat
Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. 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., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

Recent distinctions and awards

  • World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Named to Forbes World’s Best Employers List
  • Best Tour Operator and Favourite Overall Supplier at the Agents’ Choice Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media
  • Ranked as Canada’s 21st best corporate citizen by Corporate Knights

Air Transat announces direct service between Quebec City and London

The airline also continues to enhance its overall offering out of Jean Lesage International Airport

MONTREAL, Oct. 25, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, (TSX: TRZ) voted World’s Best Leisure Airline, is pleased to announce that it will offer an exclusive non-stop service between Quebec City and London. From May 11 to September 28, 2022, travellers from the province of Quebec’s Capitale-Nationale region will be able to benefit from weekly direct flights to London’s Gatwick airport, making it easier than ever to discover this must-see European destination. At the same time, British tourists will now have direct access to magnificent Quebec City.

From left to right: Joseph Adamo, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Transat; Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB); Geneviève Guilbault, Quebec Deputy Premier, Minister of Public Security and minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale; Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism and minister responsible for the Lanaudière and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions; Robert Mercure, General Manager of Destination Québec cité (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)
From left to right: Joseph Adamo, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Transat; Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB); Geneviève Guilbault, Quebec Deputy Premier, Minister of Public Security and minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale; Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism and minister responsible for the Lanaudière and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions; Robert Mercure, General Manager of Destination Québec cité (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)

“We are proud to have been serving Quebec City since our very beginnings more than 30 years ago, and to be the leading international carrier departing from Jean Lesage Airport, with an array of exclusive routes that is constantly being enhanced,” said Joseph Adamo, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Transat. “London is the world’s number one international market, and this route’s strong tourism potential is undeniable, both for Quebec travellers and for Britons who want to visit our beautiful province. The addition of this city-pair is an integral part of our strategic plan and our ambitions for developing our offering out of the Capitale-Nationale region.”

Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), noted: “The addition of a flight to a destination as important as London is a dream come true for us at YQB, but also for many people in the Greater Quebec City area. Although our industry has been severely weakened by the global pandemic, Air Transat has chosen to invest in our market by offering the public a second direct connection to Europe, after Paris. It is essential that passengers return if we are to prove to Air Transat that it was right to place its trust in us.”

Geneviève Guilbault, Quebec Deputy Premier, Minister of Public Security and minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, stated: “The pandemic has impacted the travel industry around the world. This announcement is a breath of fresh air for our airport, for the tourism industry of our beautiful Capitale-Nationale region and for our citizens who are eager to rediscover the pleasure of travelling comfortably and safely.” She added: “I hope that this announcement is just the first of many that will help strengthen Québec City Jean Lesage’s standing as an international airport.”

For her part, Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism and minister responsible for the Lanaudière and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions, said: “With this excellent news, Air Transat and Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport are sending a strong signal that the tourism recovery is well underway, and that the province of Quebec and its Capital-Nationale region remain at the top of the list of popular destinations for European tourists. The creation of a new Quebec City-London route illustrates the success of the efforts made by all the partners in the tourism industry and by your government to maintain our charming Capitale-Nationale’s ability to welcome visitors, as well as its attractiveness throughout the pandemic. The entire tourism industry and the wonderful Capitale-Nationale region will undoubtedly benefit from this new traffic.”

Robert Mercure, General Manager of the Destination Québec cité tourism development organization, stated: “This new Quebec City-London route serve as an important lever for our tourism recovery. Attractions, restaurants, businesses and hotels have been hard hit by the pandemic and the absence of international tourists over the past 18 months. The provincial capital’s flight offering must be diversified if our destination is to remain competitive and we can only welcome this addition, which broadens our market development opportunities.”

London-bound passengers will travel on the new-generation Airbus A321neoLR aircraft, which are perfectly aligned with the company’s ongoing efforts in responsible tourism, including a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. They consume 15% less fuel, and reduce both noise and NOx greenhouse gas emissions by half.

The route will operate on Wednesdays from Quebec City and Thursdays from London-Gatwick.

Enhanced service from Quebec City for summer 2022

Air Transat is continuing to expand its international service out of Quebec City by offering direct flights to six other destinations for the summer of 2022.

In addition to serving London, Air Transat also plans to restart its service between Quebec City and Paris, enabling travellers to enjoy exclusive service to two of Europe’s major metropolises. Sun-lovers are also sure to find something to their liking thanks to direct flights to Fort Lauderdale, now offered year-round, as well as connections to Cancún in Mexico and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Full details of Air Transat’s 2022 summer flight schedule will be announced shortly. 

About Air Transat
Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. 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., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that has achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

Recent distinctions and awards

  • World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Named to Forbes World’s Best Employers List
  • Best Tour Operator and Favourite Overall Supplier at the Agents’ Choice Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media
  • Ranked as Canada’s 21st best corporate citizen by Corporate Knights