WestJet will significantly increase its offer of flights to and from Quebec in the coming months. Connections with Montreal and Toronto will be more frequent.
The airline announced on Monday that it will offer around 50 departures per week from Quebec in October.
Already, starting June 15, four daily return trips will be proposed between Quebec City and Montreal. It will be the first link between two Quebec cities offered by the Canadian carrier. The introductory price will vary between $ 87 and $ 98 depending on the direction of the travelers.
Currently, only Jazz, a partner of Air Canada, operates flights between the capital and the metropolis. It usually costs between $ 300 and $ 700 per segment depending on the time of booking and the repayment options.
WestJet’s service between Quebec City and Toronto will also be enhanced, from two to three flights in each direction every day.
“These flights will offer passengers more choice, flexibility and discounted fares to Toronto and Montreal, as well as access to our entire network serving more than 100 destinations,” commented Richard Bartrem, Vice President Communications And marketing of WestJet, in a press release.
The management of Quebec City Airport is pleased with the addition of this service. It goes even further than WestJet by providing for the possible addition of 70 WestJet flights each week to the capital.
“This is great news,” said Gaetan Gagne, President and CEO of Aeroport de Quebec inc. (AQi), the private company that manages Jean Lesage International Airport.
“This will help passengers find better prices on the Quebec-Montreal frequencies, where there was only one service with Jazz. WestJet will also be able to offer services with various aviation companies such as Air France, KLM, British Airways, China Southern and Korean Air, he said from Las Vegas where he is on business. By making a stop in Montreal or Toronto, Quebec City travelers will have access to more international connections.
Mr. Gagné stated that this announcement respects the strategic plan of the Quebec City airport and is attributable to the various extensions made over the years, including the current one concerning the international arrivals section. He also welcomed the economic spin-offs for the Quebec City region.
WestJet will create about 15 jobs at the airport site by the end of the year. This is double the immediate workforce. The company, which was founded in Western Canada, settled in Quebec City in 2008, initially offering a link with Edmonton, which has since been abandoned. The stop in Toronto remained.
WestJet also adjusts the number of flights offered from Montreal to 195: departures are scheduled for the fall. New destinations such as Halifax and Boston will be added in March and October respectively.