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Large-scale emergency exercise at YQB

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QUÉBEC CITY, Oct. 30, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Dozens of emergency responders and more than 100 extras gathered at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) today to participate in a large-scale emergency simulation of an active shooter situation in the terminal building. This exercise allowed YQB and its partners to test their emergency procedures and learn from the interaction between the security partners involved in the exercise. As part of its obligations to Transport Canada, YQB has a duty to test its Emergency Measures Plan (EMP) on a regular basis.

Emergency exercise, Quebec City Jean Lesage international Airport, October 30, 2019 (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Emergency exercise, Quebec City Jean Lesage international Airport, October 30, 2019 (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Emergency exercise, Quebec City Jean Lesage international Airport, October 30, 2019 (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Emergency exercise, Quebec City Jean Lesage international Airport, October 30, 2019 (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)

The Service de police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ) deployed a large contingent of police officers. For the SPVQ, this exercise was highly instructive, given the actions needed to implement response plans for a critical incident involving a large number of emergency responders. The police force’s mission is to protect lives; the ability to work coherently with our partners is essential to accomplishing this mission. Working alongside our partners, as well as the police’s operational response during this simulation, undoubtedly allowed the SPVQ to improve its services to the community.

The Service de protection contre l’incendie (SPCIQ) was also in attendance, assisting the SPVQ by quickly dispatching firefighting teams to the site so that their actions could be coordinated with other parties. The firefighters were supporting the SPVQ during this exercise. The SPCIQ’s mission is to protect people and property when they are endangered by fire or other hazards. The pooling of expertise, skills and resources through good preparation increases our collective ability to deal with extraordinary situations.

The CIUSSSCN is responsible for health during a civil security situation in the Capitale-Nationale region. Thanks to this simulation, it was able to validate the efficiency of the communication channels and the effectiveness of methods for all parties. Also, for the first time in Québec City in this type of exercise, the civil security and emergency measures coordination team, in collaboration with the SPVQ police officers, tested the Rescue Task Force (RTF) care, triage and evacuation method. This method allows paramedics to care for victims more quickly thanks to a technique used by police officers to secure the premises in an active emergency area.

To make the simulation as realistic as possible, members of the Canadian Armed Forces applied makeup to extras to represent injuries of varying severity. This allowed responders to properly test their procedures for triaging and prioritizing injuries.

Air Transat previews its summer 2020 offering, with new Europe, U.S. destinations

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Friday, October 25, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group

MONTREAL — Air Transat has unveiled its full program for summer 2020, with 150 flights a week to 27 European cities and more flights to the South and the U.S.

New summer destinations include Copenhagen, Faro and San Diego and New Orleans in the U.S.

The airline has boosted the number of destinations available from Montreal and Toronto, plus numerous domestic and connecting flights will benefit travellers across the country.

“The arrival of our Airbus A321neoLRs marks the dawn of a new era for us,” says Transat’s Chief Operating Officer, Annick Guérard. “Along with our wide-body fleet, these aircraft help us become more flexible by increasing the options to reach Europe from major Canadian airports. Travellers win big, with more holiday choices and increased frequencies.”

She says TGV AIR will be back in the summer of 2020, following its successful debut in 2019. In partnership with SNCF, France’s national rail service, Air Transat clients can combine a flight to Paris with rail travel from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. That way, travellers can access 18 French cities as well as Brussels, Belgium. “Our priority is to give tourists choices,” says Guérard. “Many of our customers took advantage of this service this year.”

Here are the highlights of Air Transat’s summer 2020 schedule…


In summer 2020 Air Transat will operate 24 flights a week to the United Kingdom from Toronto, five more than in 2019, including two daily flights to London in high season.More news:  “Don’t shy away from selling Hawaii”: Agents get the latest updates at ALOHA Canada 2019

The airline will have five flights to Manchester and five to Glasgow each week. Most of these destinations will be available to travellers flying from Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, thanks to connecting flights.

In total, Air Transat will offer direct flights to 15 European cities from Toronto. It will also operate flights from Montreal to London five times a week.

From Montreal Air Transat will operate 17 flights a week to Paris, three more than in 2019, and will once again feature Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse and Basel-Mulhouse.

Most of these French destinations will also be available from Quebec City, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

In total, Air Transat will have direct flights to 20 European cities from Montreal.

Earlier this month Air Transat announced new direct service between Montreal and Copenhagen. Running 2x/weekly from June 16 to Sept. 20, 2020, it’s the only nonstop service between the two cities.

Air Transat will also fly to Paris from Toronto five times a week.

The airline will operate four direct flights a week to Paris from Quebec City, one more than in 2019. It will also keep its flights from Quebec City to Montreal, thus offering Quebec City travellers access to 16 European cities.More news:  “You can count on us”: Cuba specialist Hola Sun has perks for agents & clients this winter

From Vancouver, Air Transat will fly three times a week to Amsterdam, Manchester and London. It will also offer 12 flights a week to Toronto and seven flights a week to Montreal, making the majority of its European destinations available to its West Coast customers.

Air Transat will also offer 58 flights a week to Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Croatia from Toronto and Montreal, including one flight to Faro for the first time in the summer of 2020.



Air Transat continues to enhance its domestic flight program for travellers looking for a connecting flight to Europe.

From Vancouver, the airline will offer 12 flights a week to Toronto and a daily flight to Montreal. From Calgary, it will fly to Toronto and Montreal four times a week, respectively. In addition, there will be 14 flights a week between Toronto and Montreal, and four between Quebec City and Montreal.



In 2020 Air Transat will have 30 flights a week from Toronto to 10 South destinations.

From Montreal, Air Transat will offer 50 flights a week to 16 destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S., including Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, San Diego and New Orleans.

Air Transat will also offer flights to Punta Cana, Cancun and Fort Lauderdale from Quebec City.


Air Transat introduces flights to San Diego, enhances U.S. offering

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  • Introduction of the only direct route between Montreal and San Diego
  • New Orleans to be offered all year round in 2020
  • More flights to Florida from Montreal and Quebec City

MONTREAL, Oct. 15, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, named the World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, will launch the only direct flight between Montreal and San Diego, California, in the summer of 2020. In addition, in light of the great interest in New Orleans, a new destination Air Transat will be offering for the first time this winter, the airline will extend its flights to the summer of 2020. Finally, more flights to Florida from Montreal and Quebec City will be added to the program.

Air Transat introduces flights to San Diego, enhances U.S. offering (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)
Air Transat introduces flights to San Diego, enhances U.S. offering (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)

“We are enriching our offering to the western and southern United States, in line with growing travellers’ expectations,” says Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer of Transat. “The North American tourism market is strong, and as the No. 1 leisure airline in Canada, we are happy to increase our destinations and frequencies, all while strengthening our Montreal hub.”

“We are very pleased to welcome the first direct route to San Diego from Montreal,” adds Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “Thanks to our partner Air Transat, YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport will be offering a broader and enriched air service, with an increased frequency of flights to the southern and western United States. Quebecers will be able to enjoy a wide range of choices during the summer of 2020 with even more destinations to discover.”

San Diego: vacations under the sun on the Pacific coast

A growing number of travellers are drawn to San Diego and beyond in California. Located on the Pacific coast, San Diego is a world-class holiday destination, famous for its zoo, old town, romantic Coronado Beach and sunsets in the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. San Diego is also a good base for visiting Los Angeles, Disneyland and many national parks, including the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, a favourite among hikers.

Direct flights from Montreal to San Diego will be offered three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, from June 15 to October 28, 2020.

New Orleans: all year round in 2020

Starting in November, Air Transat will offer two flights a week from Montreal to New Orleans, on Thursdays and Sundays. To respond to the high demand for this destination, the airline will be extending its service to next summer.

New Orleans is more popular than ever with Canadian tourists, and the city welcomes more visitors from Canada than from any other country, especially in the summer. This is not surprising, as New Orleans is a colourful, lively city, where music, local cuisine and history compete for travellers’ attention. It’s also a city of festivals: the Essence Festival (African music), the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, the Satchmo SummerFest in honour of Louis Armstrong, and the New Orleans Oyster Festival, among others.

Florida: more flights to this iconic destination

Beloved by many Quebecers, Florida keeps attracting travellers of all ages, thanks to the scope of its offering. Next summer, Air Transat will add four flights a week to Fort Lauderdale—three from Montreal, and one from Quebec City. The latter will be the only direct flight between Quebec City and Fort Lauderdale during the summer season. Air Transat will also add two more flights from Montreal to Orlando.

The full Air Transat summer 2020 flight program will be announced shortly.

Inauguration of the Espace Wendake at YQB – Huron-Wendat culture takes centre stage at Quebec City Airport

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QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 12, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – This morning, the Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Mr. Konrad Sioui, and the President and CEO of the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), Mr. Stéphane Poirier, officially inaugurated a brand new space in the international arrivals area of the Québec City airport. The space is inspired by the cultural wealth of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

From left to right : 
Mr. Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB
Mr. Konrad Sioui, Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
From left to right : Mr. Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB Mr. Konrad Sioui, Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
From left to right : 
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Mr. Konrad Sioui, Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation
Mr. Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
From left to right : The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Mr. Konrad Sioui, Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation Mr. Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)

“Kwe ni Àtakwen. Today, a few days after the anniversary of our National Treaty, the Huron-Wendat Nation could not be happier. We have been waiting for this honourable gesture for a very long time. It will allow visitors from all over the world to recognize our thousand-year presence on the Nionwentsïo territory and learn about our cultural strength and specific identity. As on the first day of your arrival, in 1534, our people continue to welcome you as warmly as ever, with respect for Mother Earth. O! O! Atoukett!”, exclaimed Mr. Konrad Sioui, Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

In the international luggage carousel area, the Espace Wendake represents Nionwentsïo, the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat Nation, and illustrates the Wendake village and its main attractions. An immense collage of over a thousand contemporary photos of members of the Nation forming the word “KWE,” a greeting used in the Huron-Wendat language, welcomes travellers. Huge screens display images of the ancestral Nionwentsïo territory and of the various activities that are practised there. Artistic representations of the four animals symbolizing the Huron-Wendat clans—a deer, a turtle, a bear and a wolf—are shown in an illuminated forest on one of the carousels. A beautiful canoe illustrating the clans is also prominently displayed.

“As international travellers arrive in Québec City, we are delighted that they will be greeted with a glimpse into the rich culture of the Huron-Wendat Nation. The Québec City airport wishes to set itself apart by giving its passengers experiences inspired by local culture. The creation of the Espace Wendake serves an important purpose for YQB, because it enhances the passenger experience. We are proud to dedicate this space to the Huron-Wendat Nation and are delighted with the results. This collaboration is in line with our intention to involve the community of the greater Québec City area in the development of YQB,” said Mr. Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB. 

New city bus routes to YQB – Greatly improved access to the airport site for passengers and employees

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QUÉBEC CITY, Aug. 28, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – The president and CEO of YQB, Stéphane Poirier, and the new executive director of the Québec City transit corporation, Alain Mercier, today officially opened the new bus routes and facilities operated by Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB).  

“The creation of routes 76 and 80 is good news for both passengers and airport workers. Hundreds of thousands of people who travel to and from YQB each year will now have access to an affordable travel option. This greatly increases the accessibility of the airport site. YQB will always do whatever it can to promote bus routes to the airport, working alongside the RTC,” says Stéphane Poirier, YQB’s president and CEO.

Routes 76 and 80, announced last December, connect YQB to the main bus and rail stations in Sainte-Foy and downtown Québec City. They will operate 7 days a week, from morning to evening, with services every 30 minutes. This will offer the 2,500 workers on the airport site, and the 1.8 million passengers who pass through YQB each year, a new way to get to the airport. 

“We are delighted to be able to offer airport workers, visitors and citizens a frequent public transit service to the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. These two regular routes, in addition to serving YQB, will improve bus services in the northwestern sector of the city, and reflect the major revision of the bus network that is currently being implemented,” says Alain Mercier, executive director of the RTC. 

Québec City residents join the 5 KM YQB race

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QUÉBEC CITY, Aug. 24, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – The first 5 KM YQB race, a unique event, drew 1200 runners from the greater Québec City area for the privilege of setting foot on the main runway at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). In addition to the 5 km course, a 1.5 km course was set up for children wishing to take part in the experience.

Arrivals - 1,5 KM (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Arrivals – 1,5 KM (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Bruno Marchand, President at Centraide Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches

Maryse Beaulieu, Executive Director of the Fondation CERVO

Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB (CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)
Bruno Marchand, President at Centraide Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches Maryse Beaulieu, Executive Director of the Fondation CERVO Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB
(CNW Group/Aéroport de Québec)

A success from start to finish
Announced last May, the 5 KM YQB race was a unique opportunity for people from the greater Québec City area to see the airport from a different angle—one that is normally not available to the general public. Already proven successful at other Canadian airports, this type of race was a first in Quebec. The 1200 available spots in the race were filled in a few weeks and the event was fully booked by June.

“I am thrilled that YQB was able to offer all runners and their families the chance to visit part of the airport site. We did everything we could to put them at the heart of the action, where the planes take off and land every day. YQB employees and our partners worked hard to make this an exciting experience for the people here today. The entire airport community stepped up to help with this event to make it a real success,” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB.

In addition to the race course, a festivities area was set up around the airport services centre, which includes the YQB fire department station and the vehicle maintenance garage. Aircraft, heavy equipment, fire trucks and event partners were on site to meet the runners and their families and to ensure they had a memorable experience.

Funds raised
The event raised $28,000. The funds raised were shared between the Fondation CERVO, which supports mental health research, and Centraide Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches, which supports a large network of community organizations.

“YQB has been a partner of the CERVO Foundation for several years now. Together, we aim to change perceptions of mental illness. Part of Fondation CERVO’s mandate is to provide funding for initiatives for care improvement, and it’s through this mandate that the money raised by the 5 KM YQB will make a difference. The funds will be used to set up sensory rooms in psychiatric care units in the Québec City area. These rooms are equipped with textured walls, music, sound and light, fostering relaxation and reducing distress and anxiety in patients. Both children and adults will benefit from them. We thank YQB and its partners for their involvement,” said Maryse Beaulieu, Executive Director of the Fondation CERVO. 

“We are proud that the Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport, our major partner, has chosen to donate a portion of the funds raised at its event to Centraide Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches. 214 local organizations and projects will benefit from this donation, helping everyone who comes to them by supporting the success of young people, ensuring essential needs are met, breaking isolation and creating spaces where people can gather. The airport has made such a wonderful commitment to the community!” said Bruno Marchand, President at Centraide Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches.

Rigorous planning 
For YQB, safety remains a constant priority and the planning of such an event on the airport required complex and carefully studied logistics. “We are talking about a planning process that began a little over a year ago for our teams. I am immensely proud of the work done by the YQB team and our partners who showed enough creativity and determination to open the Québec City Airport to the public, even though we work in a very controlled environment,” said Mr. Poirier.

Committed partners
This unique event was made possible thanks to the valuable collaboration of many partners: Avjet, Air Canada, Le Soleil, Rouge FM, Air Transat, PAL Airlines, Sunwing, Orizon Aviation, Valero, BCF Business Law, Indigo, Deloitte, PCN, Complexe Capitale Hélicoptère, tbmaestro, Cogep and Honeywell.

Sunwing introduces direct flight service from Quebec City to Mazatlán, Mexico for the first time

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TORONTO, Aug. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Pacific coast of Mexico will be a little closer to residents of Quebec City and the surrounding region with the introduction of a new weekly direct flight service to Mazatlán. Offering more flight options to Mazatlán than any other tour operator in Canada, Sunwing is launching the first-ever flight service from Quebec City to this varied destination. Flights will depart every Tuesday starting December 17, 2019 until April 14, 2020 inclusive. With the introduction of this new flight service, travellers heading to the sunny south from the provincial capital this winter now have access to 11 of the tour operator’s most popular tropical destinations.

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Known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, Mazatlán is famous for its picturesque coastal landscapes and neoclassical architecture. Travellers can spend their days strolling down the cobblestone streets of Old Mazatlán or climbing the lighthouse for unrivalled Pacific ocean views. Whether vacationers are seeking a sun-soaked getaway or an authentic cultural experience, this destination has something for everyone.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming tourists from Quebec City on the first-ever direct flight service to México’s Only Colonial City on the Beach, a destination with a beautiful mixture of real Mexico culture and 20 kilometers of swimmable beaches”, said Julio Birrueta, Director of the Mazatlán Tourism Board. “Guests will not only have the opportunity to enjoy great seafood, regional cuisine and a wide variety of activities and local tours, but they will also find authentic hospitality from the local mazatlecos”, he added.

Sam Char, Executive Vice President for Sunwing Travel Group in Quebec, commented on the news, “We are delighted to be offering this pristine Pacific Mexican destination to our customers in Quebec City this winter. Mazatlán offers an enticing blend of culture, heritage and natural beauty and we’re sure it will be a popular choice.”

President and CEO of Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Stéphane Poirier, also celebrated the new flight service, “This is great news for the people of Québec who will now have access to a new destination on the Mexican West coast. For the first time, vacationers will be able to fly to Mazatlán from Quebec, an ideal destination for those seeking sun getaways. We appreciate Sunwing’s trust in our market and their commitment to improving and expanding winter flight services at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport”.

Vacationers can choose from a wide range of resort options in Mazatlán. The newly-renovated Riu Emerald Bay is a popular choice for families, offering an expansive pool complex and sweeping Pacific Ocean views from the majority of its rooms. At El Cid Castilla Beach, travellers can explore the shops and restaurants of the nearby Golden Zone. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture at Playa Mazatlan Beach Hotel, with exclusive Viva Mexico inclusions like Spanish lessons and tequila tasting classes.

Sun-seekers can also enjoy a host of benefits when they book their tropical getaway before September 6th for travel between December 18th, 2019 and April 30th, 2020. The tour operator is offering the ultimate package deal with complimentary Price Drop Guarantee with up to $600 cash back per couple*, reduced deposits of $50 per person, exclusive free perks on all new bookings to top-rated adult, top-rated family and top-rated luxury resorts with the best price guaranteed** and savings of up to 25% on select winter vacation packages.

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 additional perks, including priority check-in and security line access***, customers can upgrade to Elite Plus from just $50 per sector.

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

* All claims are subject to a $50 per person admin fee; each passenger must register within seven days after booking to qualify
for the Price Drop Guarantee promotion.
** An ongoing promotion where Sunwing will match a competitor’s published price which must be available at the time of booking.

***Available at select Canadian airports.

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)
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
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
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)
ParisDaily direct flights
Rome2 flights a week via Toronto (until mid-January)
Faro1 flight a week via Toronto
Lisbon2 direct flights a week and 2 flights a week via Toronto
Porto1 flight a week via Toronto
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
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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.