Air Binding up the hand to the regional service

Air Liaison lève la main pour les dessertes régionales

The company air Quebec, Air Link wants to participate in the revival of regional air transport.

The management of Air Liaison meet Tuesday the members of the crisis cell set up to find a solution to the abandonment of a number of regional flights for Air Canada in Quebec.

Air Link, which is part of the Groupe la Québécoise, currently serves 13 destinations with regular flights from Quebec city to Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles, Mont-Joli, Rouyn-Noranda, and Gatineau, to name a few.

In addition, commencing in the month of August, Air Link will provide connections to the airport Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal.

“The peculiarity of Air-Binding, it is that we already have our network, we would like to improve to meet the needs of existing ones.”, expressed Pierre Tremblay, director of corporate affairs for the airline, which carries more than 50 000 passengers annually.

After the analysis of the different scenarios, the crisis cell will make its recommendations to the government. Air Liaison would like to be part of the solution.

“If we invest human and material resources, it is necessary to ensure that there is sustainability in the project, even if Air Canada decided to come back. Elected officials want permanent solutions,” said Mr. Tremblay.

The government assistance could be in the form of leave, fees, or airport charges, given by way of example.

“We want to make sure to have a partnership cost-effective,” added Mr. Tremblay.

Fleet of nine aircraft

Air Link has a fleet of nine aircraft that can carry 9 to 18 people, which provides a competitive advantage as it allows the company to have better cost management, according to the director.

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