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Fun in the Sun! Air Canada Introduces Winter Service from Quebec City to Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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First Air Canada direct service between Quebec City l and these sun destinations

MONTREAL, July 17, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced two new winter services from Quebec City (YQB) to popular sun destinations Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Service to Cancun begins December 21, 2019 until April 11, 2020, while Punta Cana flights start December 22, 2019 until April 12, 2020. 

An Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
An Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We are thrilled to offer residents of Quebec City these non-stop connections to the popular winter getaway destinations of Cancun and Punta Cana. We are adding these new international leisure routes to meet anticipated demand from the capital of Quebec and offer Quebec City residents easy access to incredible holiday experiences,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.

Travellers who book their next winter getaway departing from Quebec City to Cancun or Punta Cana can benefit from a vacation package offer through Air Canada Vacations that will save them $200 per couple or $400 per family.

With over 700 hotels, resorts, cruises, tours, as well as optional day tours, car rentals and excursions, Air Canada Vacations offers a full selection of leisure travel options to Canadians to more than 40 destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America.

“We welcome the news that Air Canada has chosen to strengthen its presence in Quebec City by offering international flights from YQB. By improving its winter service and adding flights to winter sun destinations, the airline meets the needs and demands of the people of Quebec. This announcement is the result of a great collaboration between Air Canada and YQB,” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB.

The flights will be operated on a 200-seat all-economy Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321. Travellers will be able to stream TV shows and movies to their personal devices via the onboard GoGo Wi-Fi streaming service.

Customers can also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, priority boarding and other benefits.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC1776Quebec City 08:00Cancun 13:00Saturday
AC1777Cancun 14:00Quebec City 18:30Saturday
AC1772Quebec City 08:20Punta Cana 13:50Sunday
AC1773Punta Cana 14:50Quebec City 18:30Sunday

Air Canada in Quebec City

Including these two new routes, Air Canada will offer close to 1.2 million seats in the Quebec City market in 2019. Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its regional airline partners flying under the Air Canada Express banner operate approximately 275 flights per week between Quebec and Montreal, Sept-Iles, Gaspe, Toronto and Ottawa.

The Air Canada Foundation also helps support several charities in the Quebec City region, such as Opération Enfant Soleil, Fondation Sourdine and Leucan Region Quebec.

Air Transat is synonymous with Sun to travellers from Quebec

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Carrier strengthens its position as a leader in holiday travel this winter with new flight to New Orleans and year-round service to Spain

MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers from Quebec with its enhanced Sun destinations program for winter 2019–2020, including the southern United StatesMexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, and Europe. The lineup includes a brand-new destination, New Orleans, Louisiana, available as of November with twice-weekly direct service. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will become the only carrier to offer direct flights from Montreal to this festive destination.

With new Airbus A321neoLR aircraft added to its fleet in time for winter operations this year, Air Transat will have greater flexibility to offer travellers a broader range of destinations. The company will feature a total of 42 South and Europedestinations out of Montreal, and 13 out of Quebec City.

On the Europe front, the carrier will now serve Spain’s Costa del Sol year-round, with direct service to Malaga from Montreal (two flights a week), and will also fly to Madrid starting in December (two direct flights weekly).

New Sun destinations 
Air Transat will put increased focus on Florida travel this winter, continuing its Orlando service (three direct flights per week) and adding frequency to Fort Lauderdale, with direct flights now available daily out of Montreal during the peak season. The carrier will also boost frequency on its Quebec City–Fort Lauderdale route, offering five direct flights a week.

Also out of Montreal, Air Transat will be enriching its Dominican Republic program with one additional direct flight each week to Puerto Plata (for a total of five direct flights a week), as well as adding another flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica(four direct flights per week). Cuba will be more accessible for travellers flying out of Quebec City, with the addition of direct service to Holguin, for a total of two direct flights weekly.

Europe in winterIn addition to the Costa del Sol and Madrid in Spain, Air Transat will continue serving Portugal this winter, with direct flights to Lisbon. It will also maintain its daily direct service between Montreal and Paris. And beginning in mid-December, residents of the Quebec City region will enjoy twice-weekly direct service to the French capital.

Discovering Canada and Europe with domestic and connecting flights
Air Transat’s domestic flights, which link some major Canadian cities, will allow Quebecers to explore other regions in Canada as well as transatlantic destinations accessible via connecting flights.The airline will continue its daily direct flights between Montreal and Toronto, and three direct weekly flights linking Montreal and Vancouver.

From Montreal – 42 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (in peak season)
Caribbean
Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe2 direct flights a week
Port-au-Prince, Haiti2 direct flights a week
Montego Bay, Jamaica4 direct flights a week
Fort-de-France, Martinique2 direct flights a week
Saint-Martin/St. Maarten1 direct flight a week
Central and South America
Cartagena, Colombia2 direct flights a week
San Andres, Colombia1 direct flight a week
Liberia, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
San José, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
Roatan, Honduras2 direct flights a week
Rio Hato, Panama2 direct flights a week
El Salvador, Salvador1 direct flight a week
Cuba
Cayo Coco4 direct flights a week
Cayo Largo2 direct flights a week
Cayo Santa Maria4 direct flights a week
Havana1 direct flight a week
Holguin5 direct flights a week
VaraderoDaily direct flights
Dominican Republic
La Romana2 direct flights a week
Puerto Plata5 direct flights a week
Punta CanaDaily direct flights
Samana3 direct flights a week
Santo Domingo1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Acapulco1 direct flight a week
Cancun / Riviera MayaDaily direct flights
Cozumel1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta3 direct flights a week
United States
Fort Lauderdale, FloridaDaily direct flights
Orlando, Florida3 direct flights a week
New Orleans, Louisiana2 direct flights a week
San Juan, Puerto Rico1 direct flight a week
EuropeNumber of flights (in peak season)
France
ParisDaily direct flights
Italy
Rome2 flights a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Portugal
Faro1 flight a week via Toronto
Lisbon2 direct flights a week and 2 flights a week via Toronto
Porto1 flight a week via Toronto
Spain
Barcelona2 flights a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Madrid2 direct flights a week
Malaga2 direct flights a week
United Kingdom
Glasgow2 flights a week via Toronto
London7 flights a week via Toronto
Manchester3 flights a week via Toronto

From Montreal – Domestic flights

CanadaNumber of flights
TorontoDaily direct flights
Vancouver4 direct flights a week

From Quebec City – 13 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (in peak season)
Cuba
Cayo Coco2 direct flights a week
Cayo Santa Maria2 direct flights a week
Holguin2 direct flights a week
Varadero3 direct flights a week
Dominican Republic
La Romana1 direct flight a week
Puerto Plata1 direct flight a week
Punta Cana4 direct flights a week
Samana1 direct flight a week
Florida
Fort Lauderdale5 direct flights a week
Orlando2 direct flights a week
Mexico
Cancun / Riviera Maya4 direct flights a week
Puerto Vallarta1 direct flight a week
Europe
Paris, France2 direct flights a week

Richmond teen among students stranded in Quebec City

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BY Renee Bernard, Posted Jul 1, 2019

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – Twenty students, including a teenager from Richmond, are stranded in Quebec City Sunday night, due to an issue at Air Canada.

The students, who are travelling individually from different parts of Canada, are on their way to Gaspe for a French language program.

They departed on an Air Canada flight from Quebec City on Sunday but then the plane had to make a return.

Steve Grenzberg’s son had to fly from Vancouver to Toronto to Quebec City in order to catch his connection to Gaspe.

He understands the flight didn’t make it to Gaspe because of some sort of issue with accommodation for the flight crew.

He says the problem is, there aren’t any flights to Gaspe for another couple of days, and there are no chaperones or adults with the teens.

“They won’t be flying to Gaspe until July 3rd. Air Canada is not arranging another flight for them. They’re all going to this language program.”

It hasn’t been easy for Grenzberg to get answers himself.

“I was on hold for an hour, then I talked to an agent, then I was on hold for another twenty minutes.”

Air Canada has provided the teens with hotel rooms for the night, but Grenzberg says the teens had to pay for cabs to get to the hotel.

Grenzberg had feared the students would have to make their own arrangements to take a bus to Gaspe, which is an eight-hour road trip away from Quebec City.

However, Air Canada has told NEWS 1130 ground transportation has been arranged to take the passengers to Gaspe Monday morning.

It’s not clear if the airline will pay for the ground transportation. The airline hasn’t explained the reason for the flight’s turn-around.

Air Canada investigating how a passenger woke up alone, inside a darkened plane

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By Andrew Russell National Online Journalist, Investigative  Global News

An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 from San Francisco approaches for landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 from San Francisco approaches for landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport.Chris Helgren/Reuters

Air Canada says it is investigating after a passenger claims she woke up alone, still buckled into her seat, on a darkened plane after landing in Toronto.

In a post on Air Canada’s Facebook page, Tiffani Adams said the incident occurred on June 9 following a flight home from Quebec City to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

“I wake up around midnight, few hours after [the] flight landed, freezing cold still strapped in my seat in complete darkness,” Adams said in the post.

Adams said she attempted to call her friends and family but her cellphone died. She attempted to charge her phone but was unable to as the power on the aircraft was off.

“I’m trying to focus on my breathing and control my panic attack while I attempt to charge my phone by plugging into every USB port I could find—no luck because when they shut the aircraft down there is no power whatsoever,” she wrote.

“Since I can’t charge my phone to call for help I’m full on panicking because I want off this nightmare ASAP.”

Tiffani Adams

Adams said she attempted to call for help using the radio in the plane’s cockpit, but it wouldn’t work without power. She eventually found a flashlight that helped her figure out how to open an exit door. However, as there was no gangway and she was left staring at a “40 to 50-foot drop.”

“Now I’m facing a 40-50ft drop to the pavement below,” she wrote. “I search frantically for a rope so I can climb down to safely. [The] flight attendants seat is right by the door I opened, but the seatbelt is too short to hang from, so back to my distress signals.”

Adams said she used the flashlight to signal out the window and eventually attracted the attention of a baggage attendant who brought a ladder truck to the plane to rescue her.

“He is in shock asking how the heck they left me on the plane,” she wrote. “I’m wondering the same… when my seat an inch back or my tray [is] down flight crew take notice, but yet you missed a person still strapped into her seat and just all go on home?”

Adams said Air Canada agents offered her a ride home and then called her twice to apologize and say that they’re investigating into how she was missed by the plane’s crew.

An Air Canada spokesperson declined to answer questions from Global News about the incident but said the airline is reviewing the episode.

“We are still reviewing this matter so we have no additional details to share, but we have followed up with the customer and remain in contact with her,” the airline said.

Global News attempted to reach Adams through Facebook but have not yet received a response.

Meanwhile, Adams said she’s still recovering from the ordeal.

“I haven’t got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark,” she wrote.

© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

YQB expands its food offer – The Nourcy family to open its second Origine Café-Traiteur in fall 2019

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QUEBEC CITY, June 7, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) and Origine Café-Traiteur by Nicolas Nourcy are proud to announce the conclusion of an agreement to open a second concession at YQB in the fall of 2019. The business will be located in the public area of the airport and will include a restaurant, a bar and a takeout counter.

“We are very pleased that Origine Café-Traiteur has the opportunity to strengthen its presence at YQB by opening a second concession, this time in the public area. Our passengers and employees already love Origine, in part for its emphasis on local products. YQB’s food selection follows the latest airport trends by providing a variety of products and services with a national and international taste, but a distinctly local flair. Now, people who don’t have access to the secure area of the terminal will still be able to enjoy Origine’s products,” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB.

Redesigning the airport’s dining options is an integral part of the terminal expansion and reorganization project. The opening of a new café-restaurant in the public area is the last step in a multi-phase improvement plan that began with the opening of the new terminal building. The recent unification of all areas of the terminal building makes it possible to build the new restaurant between the check-in and international arrivals areas, where it will be easily accessible to passengers in public areas.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our presence at YQB. We have been serving the airport’s customers for just over a year and have been able to adapt our menu to their needs over time. It was only natural to keep up the momentum. This new location is ideal because it will serve passengers in the public area and their companions as well as all airport employees,” said Nicolas Nourcy, owner of Origine Café-Traiteur.

Winter 2019-2020 – YQB enjoys more international flights to and from Québec City thanks to Air Transat

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QUÉBEC CITY, June 6, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) eagerly welcomes Air Transat’s decision to add more international flights to and from Québec City over the winter 2019–2020 period. The airline intends to offer more flights to Florida and Cuba and add more frequent flights between Québec City and Paris.

“We’re thrilled with Air Transat’s decision to offer more flights to France and to the sun destinations beloved by so many in Québec City,” stated Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB. “This decision is the result of close collaboration and is further evidence of Air Transat’s desire to not only serve the people of Québec City, but to bring more tourists to the area year-round. We, alongside Air Transat and the entire community, strongly believe that Québec City and its winter attractions have what it takes to charm tourists,” he added.

New winter 2019–2020 flights

DestinationDatesFrequencyDetails
Paris, FranceFrom December 192 flights per weekThese flights began in mid-February in 2018
Fort Lauderdale, United StatesFrom November 54 flights per week from November 5–December 17 and 5 flights per week thereafterOne additional flight per week for the entire season
Holguin, CubaFrom December 242 flights per weekOne additional flight per week

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 and 2017 – Élixir PMI-Montréal award for outstanding management of the YQB 2018 project
  • 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 – 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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A first in Quebec: 1,200 participants expected to run YQB’s runway

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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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