Category: Quebec City YQB

A first in Quebec: 1,200 participants expected to run YQB’s runway

Provided by Aéroport de Québec/CNW

QUÉBEC CITY, May 10, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – On Saturday, August 24, 2019, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) will be holding the first YQB 5K, where some 1,200 participants will have the chance to run the airport’s main runway. The YQB 5K is a unique opportunity for people in the Québec City area to see the airport from a different angle—one that’s normally not available to the public. This type of race has already proven successful at other Canadian airports, but this will be a first in Quebec. Avjet and Air Canada have partnered with the airport to sponsor the event.

“I’m thrilled with the idea of welcoming more than 1,000 people from the greater Québec City area to our airport. I can’t wait to bring them to the heart of the action, where planes take off and land every day. YQB’s employees and partners are working hard to make this an exciting experience for the runners and everyone who comes to cheer them on. The entire airport community has stepped up to help with this event, which will support two leading local organizations,” stated Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB.

This promises to be a festive and family-friendly event with a quick course. Participants can take advantage of their trip to the airport to get a behind-the-scenes look at airport operations and see some interesting equipment, including aircraft.

The money raised for this event will go to the Fondation CERVO, which supports mental health research, and Centraide Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches, which supports a large network of community organizations.

Registration opens on May 10, 2019, at 5kmyqb.com. The first 200 participants will receive an early-bird rate.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 7AM to 12 PM
Location: Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
5K starting price: $30 early-bird rate (first 200 participants) and $35 normal rate until June 15
1.5K starting price: $10 per child

Thank you to our partners

This unique event is made possible by the help of numerous partners: Avjet, Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, PAL Airlines, Le Soleil and Rouge FM.

YQB Annual general meeting – Outstanding results that point the way to a promising future

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QUÉBEC CITY, April 18, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – A historic increase in passenger traffic, exceptional financial health, and the delivery of world-class infrastructures: Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) unveiled its outstanding results this morning. Following the corporation’s annual general meeting and in light of the 2018 annual report, President and CEO Gaëtan Gagné signed off on a positive set of results that points to a promising future. The new chair of YQB’s board of directors, Jean-Claude Labbé, spoke at length about the major contribution made by Mr. Fortin and Mr. Gagné in recent years.

“Mr. Fortin and Mr. Gagné brought the biggest project in our history to a successful conclusion and gave concrete expression to a vision for the future that will benefit the entire community in the greater Québec City area, with support from our highly-experienced teams. Their efforts will have repercussions for the future of our region, in particular because of the creation of cutting-edge infrastructures and the signing of an agreement in principle for the establishment of a US customs preclearance centre at YQB,” Mr. Labbé mentioned at the start of the meeting.

A favourable response from passengers and airlines  
The year 2018 ended on a note of historic growth, as Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport announced a 6.2% increase in passenger traffic to a new record of 1,774,871 passengers, 104,000 more than in 2017.

During the year, several airlines increased the number of flights from YQB. WestJet added a new destination, Calgary, along with new flights to Toronto, while American Airlines doubled its capacity on flights to the US, in particular by increasing service to Philadelphia. The same airline also plans to improve its schedule in 2019 with new flights to Chicago during the summer. The establishment of Air Canada Rouge in Québec City on the Québec-Montréal and Québec-Toronto corridors has been welcomed by passengers, while Air Transat has added new destinations at YQB and increased the frequency of flights to Montréal during the summer to allow passengers to catch connecting flights to European destinations. Last, Sunwing added Puerto Vallarta and Miami to its list of destinations, and also improved its summer schedule at YQB. Earlier this year, YQB signed an agreement in principle with Canada Jetlines Ltd., which intends to provide service from YQB in the future.

“I have been working to develop our airport and our region for more than two decades. I am proud to note that passenger travel at YQB has increased from 643,000 passengers in 2001 to 1.775 million passengers in 2018. The fact that passenger numbers have practically tripled over this period is not down to chance, but the result of an orchestrated plan with a clear emphasis on putting the Passenger First®. I would like to mention the commitment and passion driving my team’s work. We have achieved a lot and we can face our next challenges with confidence and enthusiasm,” says Gaëtan Gagné, President and CEO of YQB.

Enviable financial results and infrastructures  
As passenger traffic and airline service continues to grow, YQB is coming to the end of the largest expansion project in its history and putting the finishing touches to world-class infrastructures at YQB that will allow it to deal with further expected growth in air traffic and meet the needs of passengers from near and far. At the same time, YQB ended the year 2018 with an overall result of $11.1 million, after posting revenues of $68.2 million and operating expenditure of $57 million. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were $27.7 million in 2018. All YQB profits are reinvested to increase the range of services for passengers and limit the use of debt in financing development projects. 

“We are delighted to see the financial results achieved by YQB. It is important to note, also, that we continue to take a prudent approach to risk management, while planning to invest in infrastructures to increase our capacity and meet the growing demand for airport services,” states the outgoing chair of the board of directors, André Fortin.

A promising future 
The new chair of the board of directors took the opportunity at the annual general meeting to report on the process to recruit a new President and Chief Executive Officer and confirm the appointment of Stéphane Poirier, an experienced manager with over 20 years experience in the air transportation industry. He is scheduled to take up his duties on April 23, 2019.

“We are extremely proud to announce Mr. Poirier’s arrival at YQB. Our goal was to find an experienced manager with in-depth knowledge of the air transportation industry and we can now say: mission accomplished!”, Mr. Labbé concluded.

YQB announces the appointment of its new President and Chief Executive Officer

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QUÉBEC CITY, April 18, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – At its 2018 annual general meeting, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) took the opportunity to report on the process to recruit a new President and Chief Executive Operator and announced the appointment of Stéphane Poirier, who will take up his duties on April 23, 2019.

M. Stéphane Poirier (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
M. Stéphane Poirier (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)

An experienced manager, Mr. Poirier holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Oxford in the UK, along with a Bachelor’s degree in international business from Concordia University, and has over 20 years’ experience in the air transportation industry. A native of Québec City, he worked from 2000 to 2016 to develop Calgary International Airport where he held several positions in the air traffic development, business development and cargo development sectors. His in-depth experience includes a period as Senior Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer from 2013 to 2016.

A high-calibre manager
“Stéphane Poirier met all the criteria in our search for a high-calibre manager. As a team leader who is also results-focused, his long experience impressed the members of the board of directors and they supported his appointment unanimously. His enthusiastic approach to an organization in a key position for the development of our region, and his determination to guide it through the next stages in its growth, will ensure that our airport maintains its momentum,” says Jean-Claude Labbé, who chairs the YQB board of directors.

The process to recruit a new President and CEO began in late 2018 when the current President, Gaëtan Gagné, confirmed that he would not serve for another term and indicated his willingness to help the airport through the transition period.

The new President and CEO is taking over from Mr. Gagné at a time when major construction work has been completed, the airport is in unprecedented financial health, and passenger growth has progressed constantly over a period of 17 years.

“I would like to offer Mr. Gagné my sincere thanks for his valued contribution and constant dedication to the development of our airport over more than two decades. He laid the groundwork that allowed YQB to rise to the level of a world-class airport and shaped the vision from which we can now benefit. Today, we have everything we need to let YQB continue on its trajectory for the greater benefit of its passengers, the local population and the regional community,” adds Mr. Labbé.

“I am excited to be coming home to begin this new chapter in my professional life as part of an organization that has already created the structures needed to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the worldwide growth of air travel. My mandate will be focused on the development of new connections and the importance of putting passengers first in our actions and decisions. I plan to work in partnership with the Québec City community as a whole and I am looking forward to offering my cooperation,” concludes Mr. Poirier.

ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Awards – YQB ranked one of the top North American airports for its environmental management

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QUÉBEC CITY, April 3, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) has been given an Environmental Achievement Award by the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). The award celebrates the accomplishments and dedicated work of North American airports in environmental awareness and innovation. YQB’s environmental management plan won in the Mitigation category.

from left to right: Melinda Pagliarello, Senior Director, Environmental Affairs, ACI-NA; Alain Girard, Manager, Sustainable Development and SMS, YBQ; Matthew Cornelius, Executive Vice President, ACI-NA (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
from left to right: Melinda Pagliarello, Senior Director, Environmental Affairs, ACI-NA; Alain Girard, Manager, Sustainable Development and SMS, YBQ; Matthew Cornelius, Executive Vice President, ACI-NA (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)

“We’re extremely proud to receive this award and the recognition that comes with it. We were told that the judges were particularly impressed by YQB’s energy savings over the past few years. They believed that the airport’s achievements go above and beyond compared to past airport projects and said that YQB has set an example. We couldn’t be happier or prouder of our employees, who have worked incredibly hard day after day to innovate and reach the industry’s highest standards,” stated Gaëtan Gagné, President and CEO of YQB.

Among others, this award recognizes the sustainable development strategy for the terminal expansion and reorganization project. This project completely transformed the face of the airport and made concrete improvements to both technology and sustainable development. Incorporating sustainable development very early in the project led to significant energy savings while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. YQB’s energy-saving measures allowed it to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 54% from 2016 to 2018, even though the airport’s area has doubled. Similarly, despite major construction work, its excellent residual materials management meant that in 2017, 63.8% of recyclable materials were recovered, placing YQB second among Canadian airports.

YQB’s sustainable development strategy hinges on its sustainable development manual, which in turn is based on the Sustainable Airport Manual (SAM). The SAM framework is used by many international airports that are leaders in sustainable development (San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta, Paris, Amsterdam, etc.). It aims to integrate sustainable development very early in the planning process for actions and projects.

About Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)
YQB is managed by Aéroport de Québec Inc., the private corporation responsible since November 1, 2000 for the management, operation, maintenance and development of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). Around a dozen carriers use YQB to offer connections to North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe, and daily flights to the main hubs in eastern North America.

Recent awards:

  • 2019 – Best Environmental Practices – ACI-NA
  • 2019 and 2018 – Employee Recommended Workplace Awards, presented by Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail
  • 2018 – Airport Innovation & Excellence Award – Canadian Tourism Awards
  • 2018 – Excellence in Communication Practices – ACI-NA
  • 2018 – INOVA Award from the Urban Development Institute of Québec
  • 2018 – Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation certification
  • 2018 – Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois – Mechanical and electrical building engineering
  • 2017 and 2015 – Priority Pass Lounge of the Year Awards – Best lounge in North America
  • 2017 – Élixir PMI-Montréal award for outstanding management of the YQB 2018 project
  • 2017 – Boomerang Award – Website or application – Service of the Year award for the “YQB, Aéroport de Québec” mobile app
  • 2016 – Boomerang Award – Website or application – Service of the Year award for the “aeroportdequebec.com” website
  • 2016 – Priority Pass Lounge of the Year Awards – Highly Commended
  • 2013/2011/2010 – Best airport in North America in the 0 to 2 million passenger category, Airport Service Quality (ASQ)

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2019 Employee Recommended Workplace Award – YQB named one of the best employers in Canada

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QUÉBEC CITY, March 20, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – For the second year in a row, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) has won an Employee Recommended Workplace Award in the “mid-sized not-for-profit” category. The award is presented by Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail. The Employee Recommended Workplace Award recognizes excellence in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. It is the only award of its kind. It is based entirely on feedback from employees, which is collected in a survey that includes questions about the four pillars of Total Health: physical, mental, workplace and life.

Health and Wellness committee, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Health and Wellness committee, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)

“The health and mobility of our employees are YQB’s greatest strength and remain a priority for us. The only reason we’ve had 17 consecutive years of growth, successfully delivered the largest project in our history on time and received so many national and international awards is because of our employees’ hard work and commitment,” stated Gaëtan Gagné, President and CEO of YQB. “We are truly honoured to be named a winner of the 2019 Employee Recommended Workplace Awards, and therefore one of the best employers in the country.”

YQB has taken many steps over the past several years to reach the highest standards for a healthy workplace and become a preferred employer. The company’s main initiatives include: the formation of a Health and Wellness committee; the creation of a peer recognition program that encourages spontaneous, non-monetary recognition; the release of a health, wellness, safety and environment program that allows employees to take part in conferences and sporting activities; and the use of the OfficeVibe platform to survey employees weekly on their workplace satisfaction.

What’s more, the results of the Employee Recommended Workplace survey allow YQB to focus on issues specific to its workplace, helping it improve the overall health of its employees.

About Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)
YQB is managed by Aéroport de Québec Inc., the private corporation responsible since November 1, 2000 for the management, operation, maintenance and development of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). Around a dozen carriers use YQB to offer connections to North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe, and daily flights to the main hubs in eastern North America.

Recent awards:

  • 2019 and 2018 – Employee Recommended Workplace Awards, presented by Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail
  • 2018 – Airport Innovation & Excellence Award – Canadian Tourism Awards
  • 2018 – Excellence in Communication Practices – ACI-NA
  • 2018 – INOVA Award from the Urban Development Institute of Québec
  • 2018 – Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation certification
  • 2018 – Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois – Mechanical and electrical building engineering
  • 2017 and 2015 – Priority Pass Lounge of the Year Awards – Best lounge in North America
  • 2017 – Élixir PMI-Montréal award for outstanding management of the YQB 2018 project
  • 2017 – Boomerang Award – Website or application – Service of the Year award for the “YQB, Aéroport de Québec” mobile app
  • 2016 – Boomerang Award – Website or application – Service of the Year award for the “aeroportdequebec.com” website
  • 2016 – Priority Pass Lounge of the Year Awards – Highly Commended
  • 2013/2011/2010 – Best airport in North America in the 0 to 2 million passenger category, Airport Service Quality (ASQ)

PASSENGER FIRST®
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Web: www.aeroportdequebec.com

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Sunwing returns to Quebec City for 12th consecutive summer season with more destinations than ever

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TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Good news for Quebec City residents looking to get a head start on planning their summer vacation, as Sunwing has announced that they will be operating seasonal summer flights from Quebec City once more. In addition to returning destination favourites including CancunVaraderoCayo Coco and Puerto Plata, travellers from the Quebec City region can also choose to Vacation Better on the white-sand shores of Punta Cana with Sunwing’s new weekly flight service on Tuesdays from April 30, 2019 to October 29, 2019 inclusive.

Sam Char, Executive Director for Sunwing Travel Group in Quebec, commented on the news, “We are excited to be returning to Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport for the 12th summer in a row. As the first leisure carrier to offer summer flights from Quebec City in 2006, we are constantly striving to offer Quebecers even more ways to explore the sunny south and we believe the addition of Punta Cana to our extensive summer flight roster will be well-received.”

“The increase in Sunwing’s summer offerings from YQB is wonderful news for our 1.75 million passengers, as well as for all travellers residing in the Great Quebec City Area. The tour operator has renewed and improved its offer in anticipation for the 2019 season, confirming its commitment to better serving Quebec City residents, who are increasingly choosing to travel to sun destinations in the summer.” says Bernard Thiboutot, Vice-President of Development and Marketing for YQB.

Travellers who choose to vacation in the newly-offered destination of Punta Cana can stay at one of the area’s newest resorts. Set to open in the summer of 2019, Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort Spa and Casino is nestled on the white-sand shores of Bavaro Beach with amenities and activities for guests of all ages. Families will appreciate the wide-range of kid-friendly amenities including the Panchi World Kids Club, plus a range of accommodation options. Those seeking an adults only getaway may choose to stay at Lopesan Bavaro Beach Adults Only, also opening in the summer of 2019, an exclusive section with a private pool area featuring lavish Bali beds and unlimited access to the wider resort facilities.

Other popular resort choices that families can  book from Quebec City include Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa in Cancun which benefits from its own on-site splash park and Grand Memories Varadero in sunny Cuba with the Memories Kids Club featuring appearances from popular characters Toopy and Binoo™.

All Sunwing vacation packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while on board, with award-winning inflight service, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of snacks and light meals including the brand new Tex Mex Grilled Chicken Wrap inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance.

For more information or to book, visit www.sunwing.ca or contact your travel agent.

Routes Americas 2019 – Mission accomplished: Air transport industry charmed by Québec City

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QUÉBEC CITY, Feb. 19, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Québec City certainly impressed the hundreds of decision-makers and air transport industry professionals who gathered in the area from February 12–14 for Routes Americas 2019, the largest route development forum in the Americas. Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), as the event’s host, took the opportunity to showcase its cutting-edge facilities and highlight the region’s business and tourism potential. By the end of the conference, YQB had already signed a tentative agreement with the airline Canada Jetlines Ltd., strengthened its business and trust relationships with airlines from around the world, and paved the way for successful collaborations, all to the benefit of its 1.75 million passengers.

Routes has confirmed that YQB has set the bar high for the company’s future forums and that delegates fell in love with the Capitale-Nationale region: “We arrived in Québec City at a key moment for our hosts. YQB has made huge investments in its infrastructure and is contributing to the success of a region that is experiencing exceptional economic growth. More than ever, YQB is ready to handle growing passenger traffic and welcome new air routes,” stated Steven Small, Brand Director for Routes.

“We thank Routes for choosing YQB and the Québec City region for their 12th Annual Forum. Being able to host Routes Americas has boosted the reputation of YQB and the Québec City area. YQB is one of the fastest-growing airports in Canada. This year alone, we experienced a 6.2% increase in passenger traffic. Over the past several years, we made investments to transform our airport, develop world-class facilities and double our passenger capacity. We are known for our exceptional passenger experience, and are ready to face global traffic that is expected to double in the next 15 years. We are also excited to begin the next step in our growth: building a U.S. Customs pre-clearance area, a project supported by many airlines” stated Gaëtan Gagné, President and CEO of YQB.

To that end, Geneviève Guilbault, honorary president of the event, deputy premier of Québec, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, stated in her speech that “a pre-clearance center will inevitably benefit the region’s tourism and economic development. It will be a true asset to the growth of our companies, to our exports and to our passengers travelling directly to the United States.” Minister Guilbault was accompanied by Caroline Proulx, Quebec’s Minister of Tourism, who attended the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the event.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Canadian Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, also recognized the importance and reach of Routes Americas 2019 by speaking about the economic opportunities related to tourism. This initiative aligns closely with her Canadian tour to develop the new federal tourism strategy.

More than 80 airlines, 300 airports, 50 tourism offices and key players gathered to discuss the future of air services and the challenges they face. In particular, they discussed the growth of low-cost airlines, the integration of new airport technologies to improve and customize the passenger experience, and the competition caused by new digital platforms.

A shared success
Many partners have helped to create this successful event: Québec City Business destination, the Secretariat to the Capitale-Nationale, the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec, Air Canada, Indigo, Aer Rianta International, GardaWorld, Norton Rose Fulbright, Pomerleau and Deloitte.

To see the highlights of the event, click here.

Canada Jetlines and Québec City Airport Sign Agreement

Provided by Canada Jetlines

February 13, 2019 Canada Jetlines Ltd. (TSX-V: JET) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) and the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) (the “Québec City airport”, “YQB” or the “airport”) are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement in principle. Canada Jetlines intends to provide future ultra-low fare service from the airport.

In 2017, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport doubled its capacity by opening a brand-new international terminal. Since its privatization in 2000, the airport has tripled its traffic going from 643,000 passengers to 1.8 million in 2018. YQB remains one of the fastest growing airports in Canada, with an annual compound passenger growth rate of 7.2% per year for the last 15 years.

Québec City has long been recognized as a premium tourist destination for Canadians, Americans, and international visitors. In 2016, Québec City had over 4 million tourists and that number continues to increase annually. Jetlines is excited about its plans to come into the market and provide a low-cost alternative to locals and tourists alike.

Javier Suarez, Jetlines CEO, stated “Québec City is an exciting addition to our future route network that will provide more Canadians with diversified and low-cost alternatives to explore this beautiful country. Jetlines plans to offer domestic as well as international flights. Québec City is also home to world-class tourism infrastructure and has been an increasingly popular destination for many travelers in recent years. This partnership will allow us to tap into the market opportunity available and stimulate demand for more travel, which Jetlines will be able to leverage to grow its business.”

“We salute Canada Jetlines’ willingness to serve the passengers of Québec City. This decision aligns perfectly with our development strategy to improve accessibility to Québec City, increase the region’s connections to the rest of the world, and support its economic growth, visibility and prestige”, said Gaëtan Gagné, President and CEO of YQB. “Bringing a low-cost option to Québec City was one of our top priority for the future and one of the reasons why we’ve expanded our terminal. I am delighted to see that this strategy is paying off and we welcome Jetlines with enthusiasm”, he concluded.

The Company’s ability to service this airport is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

Passenger traffic at YQB – YQB sets new passenger record for 2018

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QUÉBEC CITY, Feb. 11, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – 2018 ended on a high note for Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). The airport welcomed 1,774,871 passengers, a 6.2% increase over the previous year.

“In 2018, we welcomed 104,000 more passengers than in 2017. This is a significant increase for YQB and represents the 17th consecutive year of growth. Over the past several years, we have made significant investments in the development, modernization and expansion of our facilities to respond to growing global traffic, remain competitive and offer a world-class passenger experience. I would like to thank our employees for their remarkable work to fulfil our promise of excellence. Clearly, their effort is paying off as more and more passengers are choosing YQB,” stated Gaëtan Gagné, President and CEO of YQB.

Growing airline presence

In 2018, many airlines have increased travel to and from YQB. WestJet has added a new destination (Calgary) and increased the number of flights to Toronto. American Airlines has also doubled its flights to the United States, including more flights to Philadelphia. The airline will continue expanding its offer in 2019, adding summer flights to Chicago. The arrival of Air Canada Rouge for the Québec City-Montréal and Québec City-Toronto routes has also been very well received by passengers. Air Transat also has more of a presence in YQB, having added more summer flights to Montréal to help its passengers travel to Europe. Finally, Sunwing has added Puerto Vallarta as a destination, pleasing sun-seekers in the Québec City area.

All eyes on Québec City in 2019

The organization aims to continue its route development efforts. To that end, it is particularly proud to welcome Routes America, the largest route development forum in the Americas, which is being held for the first time in Canada. From February 12 to 14, hundreds of influencers from the airline industry will gather in Québec City to plan and negotiate the future of air services while discovering the area’s beauty and business potential. “This annual forum is one of the largest and most prestigious in the airline industry. It’s an invaluable opportunity to build relationships with airlines from around the world, showcase YQB and its cutting-edge facilities and pave the way for fruitful partnerships. Hosting this event in Québec City will position YQB as a world‑class airport capable of rivalling the best in the industry.

Deicing Fumes send Passengers to Hospital

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25 JAN 2019. A Florida-bound flight minutes from takeoff had to be evacuated Thursday and 10 passengers were taken to hospital after fumes from de-icing seeped into the cabin. Air Transat Flight 782 destined for Fort Lauderdale from Quebec City was at the de-icing station shortly before 11 a.m. when passengers complained of feeling faint.  

Airport firefighters were called and the flight was emptied, with passengers returning to the terminal.

Jean Lesage International Airport spokeswoman Laurianne Lapierre said 12 passengers were affected. Initial reports were that five people had been taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from symptoms such as vomiting, dizziness and sore eyes.

“For the moment, we are talking about a problem with the ventilation system during the de-icing of the aircraft,” Lapierre said. “The airline is leading its own investigation to determine the source of the problem.” She said preliminary readings by airport firefighters after the evacuation found the cabin air to be safe.

An Air Transat spokesperson said in a statement said the flight crew acted diligently after some passengers “were inconvenienced” by fumes from de-icing that inadvertently entered the plane’s ventilation system.

“As soon as the flight crew became aware of the situation, the captain ordered all passengers off the plane while coordinating the deplaning with the local airport authorities,” Debbie Cabana said. She added: “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this issue.”

The aircraft was carrying 185 passengers. According to Air Transat’s website, it was a Boeing 737. Lapierre said the airline was sending another aircraft from Toronto to transport passengers to Florida. They were scheduled to depart Quebec City Thursday evening. She was uncertain whether the hospitalized passengers would be able to make the delayed flight.

“We obviously hope they can leave for Florida rapidly,” she said.