QUEBEC city | More planes, but the smaller gear: here is the solution proposed by a contractor of the North Shore to take over from the air route abandoned by Air Canada.
If the Quebec government were to agree to a public funding of about 1.85 M$, Marcel Deschamps believes that his company’s Air BCN Express could ensure up to two flights per day from Sept-Îles, destination Quebec, with a stopover at Baie-Comeau.
The trip takes about 75 minutes would be aboard an aircraft with a capacity of eight passengers (Pilatus PC-12’s Pratt & Whitney), and would cost 625$.
According to the business model that is sent to several elected officials from the North Shore and that the QMI Agency has been able to consult, Marcel Deschamps request to Quebec to assure him the purchase of the first four seats of each volume
So if more seats are sold, the taxpayers would not have to bear a penny, he says.
Seven days a week
This financing system at the headquarters would be in place for the first year of operation of this link, and it would become financially independent eventually, ” adds Marcel Deschamps.
“The problem is that people want to have big planes. […] But a large airplane-third full, it’s not worth expensive, because it is very expensive to operate,” explained the businessman in an interview, regretting the “”runs” milk” supported by the largest airlines.
“Flight 7 days out of 7 made possible since profitability is easier to achieve than in the case of a larger device,” one can read in his business plan.
Marcel Deschamps sent his business plan to several elected officials from the North Shore. The model that he would like to apply also could be deployed in other regions, including in the Gaspésie or Abitibi-Témiscamingue, he argues.
Pascan enhances its offer
In addition, the air carrier Pascan Aviation is benefiting from the suspension by Air Canada of several regional routes to improve its service offer.
As of 17 August, the company will offer daily flights to Gaspé and Baie-Comeau to Montreal-Trudeau international airport. Flights scheduled for Fermont-Wabush in the morning towards Sept-Îles, Québec, and Montréal-Trudeau will also be added.
Note that Pascan Aviation already offers daily flights from the airports of Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Bonaventure, and Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Bagotville, Mont-Joli, Sept-Îles and Fermont-Wabush.
Air Canada announced last June 30 the suspension of several of its air routes, regional Baie-Comeau–Montreal-Baie-Comeau–Mont-Joli and between Sept-Iles to Quebec.