Regional air Transport: the crisis cell asks Quebec to help players that are already existing

Transport aérien régional: la cellule de crise demande à Québec d’aider les joueurs déjà existants

The crisis cell set up after the suspension by Air Canada of many of its regional routes want to see the government Legault financially support the regional air carriers is already in place.

This is one of the conditions presented by the group to the minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, in order “to ensure the survival of regional air transport in Quebec”, said its officials in a news release issued Tuesday.

“The organisations that are members of the cell have also been reported to the minister that the future of air transport could not be done without the regional air carriers that already operate in Quebec”, there they write.

This crisis brings together the Alliance of the tourism industry in Québec (AITQ), the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ), the quebec Network of airports (RQA) and the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ).

These were part of other conditions, such as to offer a compensation to Air Canada customers who have seen their flights cancelled, to financially compensate the regional airports for their losses and to engage in dialogue with the national carriers to ensure a better connection to national and international destinations.

The grouping request in addition to Quebec, to expand the eligibility criteria of the Programme québécois de reduction air fares (PRTA) to include tourists, workers and students. For the moment, this program is available to residents of certain remote regions.

Also, the crisis cell wishes Quebec city request Transport Canada to accelerate the authorizations for the new services.

Its members must meet the federal government in the coming days, as well as major regional carriers.

Last Friday, prime minister François Legault said he was open to subsidize an air carrier, on condition of obtaining guarantees on the regional service.

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