MIAMI – Canadian airline WestJet announced it has launched its first ever intra-Quebec route on June 15th. The route, connecting Quebec City (YQB) to Montreal (YUL), will be operated four times daily by regional WestJet Encore aircraft.
“WestJet’s introduction of our first-ever point-to-point service within Quebec brings lower fares and an elevated in-flight experience to ‘la belle province’ and is the next step in our mandate to become a truly national carrier,” said Charles Duncan, President, WestJet Encore. “The communities of Montreal and Quebec City will enjoy having a choice of air carriers on this popular route, as WestJet provides another convenient option for residents who travel within the province for business and leisure. As always, we are committed to making air travel in Canada better.”
“By adding more service from Quebec City, WestJet shows its commitment toward the passengers of the Greater Quebec City area,” said Mr. Gaëtan Gagné, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroport de Quebec Inc. “WestJet’s increased presence in the Québec-Montreal corridor will give more access to more destinations through its network and that of its airline partners. More competition in the market has a direct impact on the price of airfare, for the benefit of the travelers in our community.”
WestJet will be the fifth airline to connect Montreal to the provincial capital, joining Air Canada, Air Transat, Air Inuit, and Provincial Airlines.
The Quebec City – Montreal route is the latest in a wave of announcements made by WestJet as the airline bulks up its domestic schedule ahead of the 2019 arrival of the 787-9 Dreamliner. WestJet will launch service to Boston (BOS) from Montreal on October 15th. On March 15th, WestJet began service from Montreal to Halifax, Nova Scotia (YHZ). WestJet currently operates 15 routes from Montréal–Trudeau International Airport.