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Aéroport de Québec inc. (AQi) announced it is pleased with WestJet’s decision to add up to 70 additional flights per week to and from Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). This decision has strengthened WestJet’s position and made it more competitive while meeting the needs of passengers in the greater Quebec City area.
“Today’s announcement fits perfectly with our Passenger first mission,” said AQi president and CEO Gaëtan Gagné. “Providing more flights from Quebec City is central to our development strategy of making Quebec City more accessible, further connecting the region to the rest of the world, and supporting the region’s economic growth, visibility and profile.”
WestJet’s increased service to YQB will also help meet the needs of a growing number of passengers, which has risen in the past 15 years to 1.6 million. This major decision means passengers in the greater Quebec City area will enjoy more flights to Montreal and Toronto, as well as new destinations thanks to WestJet’s code-sharing agreement. The new services will provide quick access to WestJet’s European and Asian airline partners, including Air France, KLM, Emirates, China Southern, and Korean Air.
“We look forward to bringing more of WestJet’s renowned customer service to Quebecers,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet’s vice-president of marketing and communications. “These flights will provide Quebecers with greater choice, flexibility, and lower fares to Toronto, Montreal, and across our network of more than 100 destinations.”
“Our passengers are the main beneficiaries of this increased competition,” said Gagné. “They can expect lower prices and better access to destinations across the globe. Today’s announcement shows how appealing our facilities are. We look forward to the future and the largest construction project in our history, YQB 2018, which by December 2017 will allow us to offer cutting-edge infrastructure and even more capacity for partners like WestJet.”
With this increased service, WestJet will double its staff in Québec City by creating 15 new jobs at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport by the end of 2017.