The Quebec government must quickly orchestrate an airline alliance quebec, with the regional airline Air Creebec, Pascan and Air Inuit, for example, to replace Air Canada, believes Dominique Anglade.
“It is in the emergency. It is necessary to break the isolation of the regions. This is not for the month of September, it is for now, this summer, it should happen right away,” dropped the head of the liberal Thursday, in an interview with The Journal.
Air Canada announced Tuesday the end of a series of regional routes, and the closure of its outlets in the airports of Val-d’or, Mont-Joli, Baie-Comeau and Gaspé. This “isolation” of the regions will have an impact on tourism, but also on the business, on the movement of workers, doctors and education. “All sectors of activity are affected,” said Ms. Anglade.
Québec must therefore fill the void left by Air Canada. But the issue is complex. “It is necessary to sit down with all the companies, Pascan, Air Creebec, Air Inuit, we do not exclude anyone. There could be others,” said Ms. Anglade.
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But in order for the rescue to work, it is absolutely necessary to a covenant: “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 between the companies”, she emphasises.
It takes connections
If a flight is available between Gaspe and Quebec city, it is necessary to offer the consumer connections to Toronto and Montreal, for example, and not force him to buy a second plane ticket.
Once this issue is resolved, the government of Québec will support the regional airports, whose finances will be undermined by the closure of the counters of Air Canada, ” she adds.
In the medium term, Ms. Anglade, like Québec solidaire and the Parti québécois believes that Quebec should make a more general reflection on transport in the regions, be it by train, by coach or by plane. The problem: the distances are long, transport is expensive, and passengers are less numerous. The solution? “The government is going to have to get involved. It’s going to take State support. And for that, and to find solutions”, she added.