YQB 2022 Annual Public Meeting – A Year That Has Exceeded Expectations

QUÉBEC CITY, April 27, 2023 /CNW/ – With the return of passengers in droves, an array of new routes, renewed dining options, a transformation of the commercial area, and a reduction in estimated losses, not to mention improved operational agility and consolidated alliances, there is no question that 2022 is the year when Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) bounced forward and its results exceeded expectations.

Encouraging demand with more route options

YQB has accelerated its development to expand its route options and offer more destinations. Its successful recovery and continued hard work are evidenced by the fact that the airport now offers considerably more routes than it did before the pandemic. It has added direct flights to Europe, Western Canada, and sun destinations; increased its presence at key airline hubs; improved access to major Canadian cities; and welcomed new airlines.

  • Air France: three weekly direct flights to Paris in the summer
  • Air Transat: new weekly seasonal service to London and resumption of flights to Paris
  • Air Canada:
    • New routes to Calgary and Vancouver
    • New flight to Varadero
    • Significant improvement to existing routes
  • U.S. airlines: return of routes to New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago
  • Sun destinations:
    • Return of flights to the South
    • Sunwing: new flights to Panama and Honduras
  • Flair Airlines: direct flights to Halifax and Edmonton by summer 2023

It is clear that YQB has been successful and that passengers are responding. In fact, while forecasts suggested that the million-passenger mark would be difficult to reach in 2022, some 1.17 million people (+232%) flew into or out of YQB during the year. In comparison, only 353,203 passengers passed through YQB in 2021. This growth is no coincidence. It is the fruit of considerable efforts and promotional investments throughout the year, including a bold advertising campaign that highlighted the benefits of flying out of YQB.

A better-than-expected financial situation

The return of so many passengers, combined with extremely strict financial management, allowed YQB to limit losses to $12.6M in 2022. The total expected losses from the pandemic until the company returns to profitability have dropped from $100 million to $80 million. Of course, YQB is watching the situation closely, but given that it was bracing for the worst, the 2022 numbers are more than satisfactory.

They have also allowed YQB to support a fast recovery by freezing airport improvement fees and general aviation fees for 2023—the sixth year in a row it has done so. As for aeronautical charges, they increased by only 4%, even though inflation has meant a much higher bill for the organization.

Preparing for the worst… and delivering!

For many major airports, recovery was still a laborious process in 2022. The aftershocks of the pandemic, combined with a new operating environment and a labour shortage, has wreaked havoc across the country.

YQB saw that the number of seats on sale for the summer of 2022 was increasing exponentially, so its teams anticipated the issues and began preparing months in advance. Working closely with airlines, handlers, government agencies, and travel service providers, YQB was able to welcome a growing number of travellers throughout the year, all while providing a uniquely warm and personal experience. The YQB team is proud of its ability to keep operations running smoothly despite an especially demanding situation, and deservedly so.

An enhanced passenger experience

Travellers from here and abroad can now enjoy more dining options than ever as they wait for their flights. In fact, they can eat at not one, but two new concessions: the Blaxton Aéroport de Québec bar and restaurant and the Brûlerie Rousseau par Nourcy café. They can also explore the airport’s new exhibition on the Québec Winter Carnival while they wait for their flights. The heart of the terminal has truly been transformed. In addition, the Government of Canada announced $10M in financial aid, allowing the airport to initiate major rehabilitation work on the threashold of Runway 29 and aircraft taxiways in 2023.


“Our airport is growing, offering new services again, and modernizing, and our teams are constantly working to diversify its operations and sources of revenue. Despite the lingering effects of the pandemic and an uncertain economic environment, YQB is doing well and performing beyond expectations. Of course, this success largely comes from the passengers who choose Québec City. The future of YQB will continue to depend on the confidence of its passengers; we will keep seizing every opportunity to serve the people of the greater Québec City area.” – Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

“Our series of achievements in 2022 are a real tour de force for the team. We could not have dreamed of such a rapid and promising recovery without the strength of our employees. As we enter a pivotal period, our airport is continuing to lay the groundwork for even greater success and making the decisions we need to allow YQB to become a place where anything is possible. We are already seeing the results. They fill us with pride and will make our organization even stronger for the future.” – André Boulanger, Chair of the Board, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

About Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)

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

WestJet brings new U.S. destinations and enhanced domestic connectivity to summer schedule as airline’s new growth strategy takes flight

CALGARY, AB, Feb. 13, 2023 /CNW/ – WestJet today unveiled 20 new routes and three new destinations to the airline’s summer schedule. Offering a comprehensive network of connectivity between Western Canada and the United States, WestJet’s summer network additions feature new non-stop service to Washington Dulles, Detroit and Minneapolis, with new routes added to Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Nashville and Seattle. In line with the airline’s previously announced strategic direction, WestJet is also expanding domestic travel options across Canada with increased frequencies and options to travel from coast-to-coast, and everywhere in between.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our network and giving our guests substantial opportunity to explore the U.S., and Canada from coast-to-coast this summer,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group Chief Executive Officer. “From increased domestic options to expanded regional and transborder connectivity throughout Western Canada, our summer schedule demonstrates our unwavering commitment to fulfilling the diverse needs of Canadian travellers and ensuring we are the friendly, reliable and affordable airline they love.”

With strengthened domestic and transborder connectivity, WestJet will increase its service up to nearly 30 per cent in Calgary, 50 percent in Edmonton and 10 per cent in Vancouver when compared to 2022.

Expanded U.S. network with more routes and increased access to Delta hubs

This summer WestJet will introduce Minneapolis, Detroit and Washington D.C. (Dulles), to its network, in addition to investing in new routes and restoring service to an expansive list of U.S. destinations.

Through its longstanding partnership with Delta Air Lines, guests connecting through Minneapolis and Detroit will gain access to two more of the U.S. airline’s major hubs. Building on WestJet’s current service to Delta hubs, including Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle, WestJet guests will now have access to over 150 U.S. destinations on a single purchased ticket with check-in for all flights at the first departure, baggage tagged to their final destination and lounge access for select guests. Additionally, frequent flyers of both airlines will continue to enjoy extensive reciprocal benefits any time they fly with either carrier, including earning and redeeming in their preferred program.

Highlights of WestJet’s summer 2023 transborder and international service

Destination Start
Peak Season
Arrival Time
Calgary – Austin*May 182x weekly09:4014:30
Calgary – Chicago*May 184x weekly12:1516:40
Calgary – Detroit1May 265x weekly12:3518:05
Calgary – Washington D.C. (Dulles)June 23x weekly09:4516:02
Edmonton – Minneapolis1June 25x weekly08:1511:46
Edmonton – Seattle1May 195x weekly10:3011:30
Vancouver – Atlanta1May 174x weekly22:2506:05
Vancouver – NashvilleMay 192x weekly10:0016:19
Vancouver – Orlando*May 61x weekly11:0019:52
Winnipeg – Los Angeles3Apr 303x weekly07:0008:38
Toronto – Bermuda3May 52x weekly07:0010:42
*Resumption of service/ 1 Delta hub/ Continuation of winter service

Enhancing non-stop west to east connectivity

As part of WestJet’s new strategic direction, the airline is taking strides to further provide guests with extensive opportunities to seamlessly and affordably travel across Canada. Substantially strengthening Canadian connectivity, WestJet is adding five new routes between Eastern and Western Canada, further positioning its network to support travel demands across the country.

Destination Start
Peak Season
Arrival Time
Calgary – MonctonJune 143x weekly09:1516:49
Calgary – Thunder Bay*June 293x weekly14:00/15:4518:36/20:21
Calgary – Quebec City*May 194x weekly17:5523:55
Edmonton – CharlottetownJune 141x weekly10:2517:58
Edmonton – LondonMay 192x weekly10:2515:52
Edmonton – MonctonJune 292x weekly10:2517:57
Edmonton – Ottawa*Apr 306x weekly09:0014:43
Edmonton – Montreal*June 302x weekly01:0007:03
*Resumption of service

Bringing Western Canadian communities closer through a strengthened regional network

As Western Canada’s undisputed home-team carrier, WestJet is enhancing its aviation gateway for business and leisure travel opportunities by further strengthening regional connectivity with the resumption of non-stop flights and increased frequencies.

Destination Start
Peak Season
Arrival Time
Calgary – Terrace*May 14x weekly09:40/14:1010:58/15:28
Edmonton – Nanaimo*April 302x weekly10:3011:29
Edmonton – Penticton*July 12x weekly11:0011:27
Kelowna – Regina*May 212x weekly17:3020:34
Kelowna – Saskatoon*June 22x weekly17:3520:29
Kelowna – Winnipeg*June 23x weekly19:1523:33
Vancouver – Regina*Jun 302x weekly20:4523:47
Winnipeg – Victoria*April 302x weekly17:3018:28
*Resumption of service

Additional quotes

“Delta is excited about WestJet’s expanded US-Canada network in summer 2023,” said Perry Cantarutti, senior vice president Alliances and International for Delta. “We already have a strong codeshare network with WestJet, and extensive reciprocal benefits for our frequent flyers. With both increased flights to Delta’s hubs in Atlanta and Seattle, as well as new WestJet flights to our hubs in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Detroit, we look forward to growing our partnership, offering new travel and connection options to more customers, and increasing competition.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome WestJet to Minnesota and are pleased to add an important business route to Edmonton from MSP,” said Brian Ryks, CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates MSP. “WestJet’s arrival also opens up new connections for travelers across Western Canada and the United States leveraging their codeshare with Delta Air Lines, MSP’s largest carrier.”

“We are pleased to have WestJet begin operations at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. With the addition of WestJet, our customers will be able to fly directly from Detroit to Calgary for the first time since 2005. We’re hoping this route will also give our Canadian neighbors one more reason to visit our great region, “said Chad Newton, Wayne County Airport Authority CEO.

“Dulles International Airport welcomes WestJet to the Washington, D.C., region with this first-ever service to Calgary,” said Chryssa Westerlund, Airports Authority executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “Calgary will become the 60th international destination from Washington Dulles, and WestJet will be our 40th air carrier. We are thrilled to welcome WestJet to Dulles and to provide customers this new link between Western Canada and Washington.”

About WestJet

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 110 destinations in 24 countries. 

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

Recent recognition includes: 
2020/2019 Number-One Ranked Canadian Airline Loyalty Program in Member Engagement (Bond Brand Loyalty)
2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines) 
2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines) 
2019/2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Sunwing

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

Porter Airlines launching four non-stop routes from Ottawa

Doubles number of destinations served directly from nation’s capital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Porter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frequency Increases

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

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

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

About Air Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick facts

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

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Flair Airlines Announces New Service from Québec City

Thanks to DD for the tip on the story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Flair Airlines  

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

Air Transat announces its summer 2023 program

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

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

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

Europe… over and over

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

Number of weekly direct flights to Europe*

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

United States: Florida and California increasingly accessible

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

Number of weekly flights to the United States*

Quebec City
LOS ANGELES, California3
MIAMI, Florida3
ORLANDO, Florida33
SAN FRANCISCO, California3
* At the height of the season

South: greater frequency

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

Number of weekly flights to the South*

Quebec City
CANCUN, Mexico717
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica11
PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic22
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic717
SAMANA, Dominican Republic21
* At the height of the season

Domestic flights still popular

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

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* At the height of the season

About Air Transat

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

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

Transport Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

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

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

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

Joël Lightbound
Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert

Quick Facts

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

Associated Links

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)

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