Air Canada suspends flights within Quebec until April 30. For some remote areas, however, it is an essential service.
S ccording to the PQ MNA for Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Joël Arseneau, the decision to cancel these flights is presumed economic, given the volume decline during the crisis contemplated coronavirus. In the context of a health emergency, the Prime Minister recommended that all Quebecers limit all kinds of travel.
The airline is slated to shutdown on April 1, but Arseneau is concerned that the date may be early, as far as he has learned.
“It leaves us less than 10 days to set up a stable and regular service for the next few weeks. François Bonnardel wants to be reassuring, but we must ensure that the service is maintained up to the needs of passengers. ”
Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine is an island and remote region. The seaway ensures the supply of goods, the ferry leaves the port three times a week in winter.
“Air transport comes as a complement to what is perishable or urgent. It is a simple and fast means of transport. All that is medical supplies or human resources which one can need arrives by plane ”, insists the deputy to underline the importance of the flights which pass by the Magdalen Islands.
Air Canada operated two 50-seat flights per day to the Islands, with a stopover in Gaspé. The other carrier that makes the trip is Pascan Aviation, with two or three flights a day that can transport 45 people in all.
“It’s 100 places that are disappearing, it’s major. The government must ensure that there is a carrier that can offer minimal service for the needs of the regions. As we come to the aid of people who lose their jobs, the air transportation service must remain, ”says Joël Arseneau.
If Air Canada withdraws, the succession option falls into the hands of Pascan Aviation. On Thursday, the Department of Transport spoke with the company to establish a plan.
Flights to Baie-Comeau or Rouyn-Noranda are also suspended, in particular.
“We continue to adapt our schedule and our capacity according to market demands. We therefore delayed launches or extended the temporary suspension of several routes. Air Canada will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely, in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada and Global Affairs, and will modify its schedule accordingly, “reads the Air website. Canada.