- Joe Breitfeller
Air Canada Launches New Service to Florida and More Flights to Mexico and the Dominican Republic
Air Canada is launching new winter service from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from November 19th and December 17th, respectively. The carrier is also adding flights from Quebec to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Cancun, Mexico.
On Thursday (July 29, 2021), Air Canada announced the launch of new winter 2021/22 service from Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) in Quebec to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO) in Florida. Service to Fort Lauderdale will start on November 19th, while flights to Orlando will commence on December 17, 2021. Additionally, from December 4th, the carrier will increase flights to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Cancun, Mexico. The new and additional flights out of Quebec City will be operated by Rough with Airbus A319 aircraft accommodating 136 passengers. Tickets are now available for purchase and Air Canada’s new refund policy will apply. If the airline cancels or reschedules a flight by more than three hours, the policy offers customers a full refund based on original form of payment, an Air Canada travel voucher, or the equivalent in Aeroplan points, plus a 65 percent bonus.
In Thursday’s announcement, Air Canada’s Senior Vice President – Network Planning and Revenue management, Mark Galardo, said,
“We're excited to be launching these two new routes to Florida from Quebec City, a first for Air Canada. We know that, for many Quebecers, Florida is a popular place for winter vacations. Punta Cana and Cancun are also among the most popular tropical destinations, and we are happy to be able to bring back these connections. These routes will not only provide more diverse flight options for Quebec City residents but will also strengthen our foothold in a growing market and better serve the Jean Lesage International Airport, our long–time partner. Now that restrictions are easing, it's time to start travelling again and book your escape to the sun. We can't wait to see you back on board.”
Further commenting on the new Quebec City service, Jean Lesage International Airport’s President and CEO, Stéphane Poirier, said,
“We're delighted that Air Canada is resuming its international flights from Quebec City to destinations as popular as Cancun, Punta Cana, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Not only has Air Canada decided to bring back some pre-pandemic connections, but it has also chosen to invest in our market by increasing the frequency and adding two new destinations to the schedule for winter 2021. Now that we can finally travel again, it's essential that the people in the Greater Quebec City area are able to depart from YQB. This announcement is the result of a fruitful and beneficial collaboration between Air Canada and YQB.”
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline. The Canadian flag carrier is a founding member of the Star Alliance and the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. For the last two years Air Canada was also named Global Traveler’s ‘Best Airline in North America.’ Additionally, Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.
Source: Air Canada