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Air Transat Launches New Nonstop Service Between Quebec City and London Gatwick
Air Transat operated their inaugural direct flight between Quebec City and London Gatwick on Wednesday evening, May 11, 2022. The route will operate once-weekly on Wednesdays through September 2022.
On Thursday (May 12, 2022), Air Transat announced the launch of their inaugural direct flight between Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) and London Gatwick, with flight TS492 departing on Wednesday evening, May 11, 2022. The carrier will operate the route once-weekly on Wednesdays through late September 2022 with an Airbus A321neoLR. The aircraft offers a 15 percent reduction in fuel burn, a 50 percent smaller noise footprint and lower emissions compared to previous generation aircraft. Air Transat’s A321neo LR is configured in two classes, Club Class and Economy Class, and offers more personal space and larger screens versus its predecessor.
In Thursday’s announcment, Transat’s Chief Marketing Officer, Joseph Adamo, said,
“With this new flight to London, Air Transat becomes the only carrier to offer our loyal travellers in the Quebec City area a second direct connection to Europe, after Paris, making it easier than ever for them to plan their vacations. At the same time, we are delighted to introduce British travellers to majestic Quebec City, the region's outstanding national parks and our gourmet culture. We are the first carrier to fly internationally out of Quebec City's Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), where we have been operating flights since our inception nearly 35 years ago.”
Also commenting on the new direst service to London Gatwick, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport’s President and CEO, Stéphane Poirier, said,
“The people of the Greater Québec City area have been calling for access to more European destinations. By offering a second direct route to Europe, in addition to Paris, Air Transat is answering that call. As Air Transat chooses to invest in our market, we now hope that passengers will come back throughout the summer, proving to the airline that they were right to put their trust in us.”
Montreal-based Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX: TRZ), the parent company of Air Transat, was founded over 35 years ago. The company has 5,000 employees and is the third largest airline in Canada, as well as the leading integrated tourism company. Transat offers vacation packages, hotel accommodations and air service to more than 60 destinations in over 25 countries in the Americas and Europe. Air Transat has been voted the ‘World’s Best Leisure Airline’ at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. The carrier is currently renewing their fleet with the most fuel-efficient and environmentally aircraft in their class, as part of Air Transat’s commitment to a healthier environment, knowing that this is essential for the preservation of the magnificent destinations they serve.
Source: Transat A.T. Inc.