The municipalities of Quebec have created a cell of urgency to find a solution to the crisis in the regional airline and ask to Quebec city and Ottawa for flights to resume as early as September.
“It takes aircraft in our regional airports in September. This is our schedule “, launched by the mayor of Gaspé, Daniel Côté in an interview with The Journal.
Mayor of Gaspé
Mr. Côté, who is first vice president of the Union of municipalities of Quebec, is at the forefront of the debacle caused by the withdrawal of Air Canada to several regional destinations, such as Gaspé.
The municipal airport shall wipe away losses of $ 160,000 per month until a carrier to take back the torch. The situation is not tenable, ” he said. “The top priority is re-establishing air links where there is more “, states Daniel Côté.
The crisis cell, which also brings together the Federation of chambers of commerce, wants to find a Plan B at the withdrawal of Air Canada, which is not part of the plans.
“Now that the giant is out of the room, there is space on the regional market,” says Mr. Côté. The UMQ is now asking the federal and provincial politicians to act.
Of-way on the North Shore, the quebec minister of Transport, François Bonnardel said that everything was on the table, and that regional companies are able to increase their capacity.
The LIBERALS denounced
The QLP press, the government Legault of orchestrating an airline alliance quebec with carriers, Air Creebec, Pascan and Air Inuit, for example, to replace Air Canada.
“If the plane ticket costs two times more expensive and that it is not possible to make a transfer, it will not work. It takes an alliance “, believes the head of Dominique Anglade.
For their part, air carriers are interested, but are waiting to see if the demand is there so that the spectrum of the COVID-19 is still hovering on the industry. Matthew Happyjack, president of Air Creebec, is expected to be a turbulent period of two years.
Talks and opening
Air Creebec, however, is in talks with Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’or to provide an air connection to Montreal, and is open to discuss with the municipalities of the East-of-Québec.
For Yani Gagnon, vice-president of Pascan, it is clear that his company can hold its own in the game. But ” it is necessary that the volume be there “. Otherwise, it will need public assistance to maintain the airline’s deficit.
He adds, however, that the smaller devices Pascan, which provide 34 squares, make it “easy” achieving the threshold of profitability.