Reinventing the regional and remote air services

Réinventer les services aériens régionaux

Air Canada is no longer a part of the portrait, the steps are accelerated with a view to finding an alternative to air transport in region. Québec and the municipal multiplying the encounters during the past few days.

So, Monday, it is the minister of Transport, François Bonnardel and representatives of the quebec Federation of municipalities meeting. This meeting highlights the need for a permanent solution, in the long term. Québec and the Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM) also agree on financial participation is essential for the federal government. After all, the air transport falls under its jurisdiction.

“We demand the implication of urgent the federal government. There was a silence, currently the minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, who is extremely worrying,” says Jonathan Lapierre, the mayor of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine and spokesperson in the field of air transport to the FQM.

On Tuesday, the minister Bonnardel met this time representatives of the Union of Quebec municipalities. And the organization was clear, Québec will be required to participate financially in the recovery of air transport in the region, among others, by adapting existing support programmes.

“It takes solutions quickly and efficiently. However, it has still the opportunity to revise the model. So everything is on the table, and the minister Bonnardel is extremely open with everything we discussed, he wants solutions, it is in agreement with the timelines of emergency we set,” says the mayor of Gaspé, Daniel Côté, who represents the UMQ, for the question of air transport.

Moreover, the project of new air service regional presented Monday harvest a new level of support. Recall that Régionair would be a non-profit organization entirely to the service of seven airports in the East-du-Québec, in a first time.

The City of Sept-Îles, which would be the number, has made public a study on Wednesday that she has ordered before the announcement of the abandonment of the areas by Air Canada. And this study concludes that a model like that proposed by Régionair is the only viable option for the regional service, the development of regions can no longer be in the trailer business plans of commercial enterprises for which it is far from being a priority.

“The model that we know here in decades has failed. It is not a development tool as we would like. On the contrary, it is a system focused entirely on the ownership. It is the law of the market that control everything,” said Réjean Porlier, mayor of Sept-Îles.

In the meantime, the Fédération québécoise des municipalités and the Union des municipalités du Québec say they work in concert with the provincial government to quickly find a solution for the air transport in the region.

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