July 3, 2022

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Air Transport: Buying a $ 500 ticket is not easy

Air Transport: Buying a $ 500 ticket is not easy

Booking a new $ 500 government-funded Legault flight ticket is not easy. Air Canada is also not ready for launch this week This program facilitates access to areas.

Also read: Not everyone has tickets

Newspaper It was seen that patience and perseverance are required to avail the benefit of the Regional Air Access Program (PAAR) which came into force last Wednesday.

Apparently, the word did not come about the largest carrier in the country. Newspaper Air Canada was unable to book a discounted ticket over the phone.

“Nothing has been confirmed yet”, the attendant answered us incorrectly, nothing.

“[Air Canada] Is [programme], But gave us no hints, no direction. We have not issued these tickets yet and I do not know when it will start, ”she honestly agreed.

Internet problem

Another danger, this time on the web. Air Canada does not currently offer $ 500 tickets to destinations with stopovers. For example, this is the case when a Quebec citizen wants to go to Rouin-Noranda, Bagotville or September-Ils.

“With the launch of the program this morning [mercredi] And the logistics around it are complex, and we prefer non-stop connections, “said an Air Canada spokesman who did not identify himself on Wednesday. However, we guarantee that the situation will return to normal within a few days.

Our journalist, who was planning a family trip to the Magdalen Islands, was finally able to book a return ticket on Pascon Aviation.

Other obstacles are also waiting for passengers and you have to read the fine print, it was possible to see (Can be seen below)


In the office of the Minister of Transport, Franకోois Bonardell, we noted some difficulties, but we assure you that “generally speaking, things are going well”.

“It’s the first in a five – year program, so it’s definitely small DisruptionsBut we will adjust and continue to monitor the situation, “said Jean-Franకోois del Torcio, director of communications for the minister.

Brief program

  • Qualified flights must connect Montreal or Quebec and regions or vice versa.
  • For personal travel only. Travel for employment is excluded.
  • Participating airlines: Air Canada, Air Creebec, Air Inuit, Air Liaison, PAL Airlines and Pascan Aviation.
  • In the first 24 hours of the event, 1,200 Quebecs reserved subsidized tickets, according to Minister Bonardell.

Vigilance is required

Not all carriers apply the reduction immediately. For example, for Air Canada you will need to do this manually through the small box on its website. At PAL Airlines, you must enter the promotional code on another web page. Travelers who are unaware of the program end up with a much higher bill than the promised $ 500.

Links that are not allowed

Providing a carrier connection does not mean that you can take advantage of it for $ 500. To qualify, the connection must be provided by the airline not only during the summer but throughout the year. Would you like to visit Îles-de-la-Madeleine for $ 500 from Montreal or Quebec? You can do it with Passcon, but not with Air Canada. To find out, you need to do some trial and error! Also, forget about Expedia, Google and other comparators to find the schedule that suits you; You should shop directly on the carrier website to expect to take advantage of the promotion.