For next season, Sunwing will increase direct flights from Quebec, where the company will facilitate operations with an on-site flight crew.
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Air Transat is also increasing direct flights from Jean-Lesage International Airport.
last week, Air Canada is canceling all direct flights from Quebec to the south, according to Le Journal For “operational” reasons.
A shortage of pilots and supply issues were the main reasons given by the company to justify the decision, which penalizes passengers arriving from Quebec by forcing them to make one or more stopovers to reach their destination.
“For next winter, we have 9% capacity increase compared to last winter. We also added a new destination on the Cuba side, with Cayo Largo being served directly from Quebec for the first time,” said Laine Chayer, general manager of Sunwing Quebec Vacations.
Thus, Sunwing operates 21 direct flights from Quebec to Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama and Roatan Island, Honduras.
Flight crew in Quebec
Like all airlines, Sunwing is recruiting, but one of the things that sets it apart, explained Mr.me Chair, which has an aircrew based in Quebec.
“For us, the difference is that the airline has had a base in Quebec since 2007. We’re the only ones that have it. This means our pilots and our flight attendants only fly from Quebec. That’s a big advantage,” she continued.
In fact, Sunwing employs between 80 and 100 people during the high season in Quebec.
Air Canada also has about a hundred employees in Quebec, but these employees are assigned to “exclusively on the ground” operations. Newspaper Airline.
“It is a very short journey for the flight crew. They land in Quebec and they go straight home,” said Ms.me Chair.
For the upcoming season, Air Transat will offer 29 weekly flights south of Quebec City, including six weekly flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. This year, the carrier added an additional weekly flight to Punta Cana and another to Puerto Plata.
“Aware that our winter 2023-2024 program was announced last May, the competition in no way refers to recent decisions to modify its schedule,” said Air Transat spokeswoman Marie-Eve Valliers.
Unlike Sunwing, Transat does not have a base with aircrew in Quebec.
Despite energy costs and strong international demand for sun destinations, Mme The chair assured that the prices of the packages are the same as last year.
“People are booking early this year. Last year there were many people who were holding on to prices not coming down due to unavailability.
“If we look at our sales figures, we are clearly growing compared to last year,” said M.me Chair.