Canada Jetlines to offer service from Saint-Hubert
Canada Jetlines Ltd. intends to offer ultralow-fare service to the Montreal region from Aeroport Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil.
CANADA JETLINES Ltd. intends to offer ultralow-fare service to the Montreal region from Aeroport Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil.
Saint-Hubert is being expanded as part of a plan to be positioned as a lowcost airport serving the Montreal area. Once the necessary expansions are complete, the airport will be able to support ultralow-cost-carrier (ULCC) airlines by as early as 2020. The recently upgraded runway was one of the first milestones the airport achieved in order to become the low-cost airport of choice for the Monteregie region and the province. The runway reconstruction project was supported by the Canadian federal government, which injected $13-million into the project. The airport also has plans to build a new passenger terminal building.
“We are excited to enter into t his part ner ship with the Saint-Hubert airport and support their vision of building a low-cost alternative airport in the Montreal region. Montreal travellers deserve a low-cost domestic option, and those looking for low-cost air travel options destined south should not have to drive across the border to Plattsburgh. The Saint-Hubert airport has our full support and we look forward to working together to design and build what will become Jetlines base in Montreal,” stated Javier Suarez, chief executive officer. “Saint-Hubert is a short commute out of the downtown core of Montreal, and our passengers will not only benefit from ultralow airfares, they will also have convenient access to a new purpose-built low-cost facility in Saint-Hubert near downtown Montreal.”
Mark Morabito, executive chairman of Canada Jetlines, added: “Canada is the only G7 country without a true independent ultralow-cost carrier, and, as a result, Canadians are consistently overpaying for air travel; Jetlines is here to change that. Jetlines is committed to growing its presence in Eastern Canada and Quebec by partnering for the long term with Saint-Hubert airport.”
“We are delighted at the prospect of partnering with Jetlines to offer ULCC service to the Montreal and Monteregie regions. Given the renewed interest by scheduled carriers to operate at Saint-Hubert, we will accelerate our efforts to secure a designated airport status, which will enable us to provide security screening services from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) at an affordable rate. At the same time, our intention is to obtain customs and immigration services from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in order to offer transborder flights, which will allow us to recapture the exodus of Quebec passengers who travel to U.S. airports for their flights. These two conditions, which depend solely on federal government decisions, are necessary for us to be able to partner with air carriers of Jetlines’ calibre. We will be reaching out to Minister Marc Garneau and our elected officials to accelerate these decisions. We share the federal government’s stated goal to offer affordable and efficient services to Canadians and our partnership with Jetlines is an important step towards that goal,” said Jane Foyle, general manager of DASH-L, the non-profit organization that manages the airport.
About Canada Jetlines Ltd.
Canada Jetlines is set to become Canada’s first true ultralow-cost-carrier (ULCC) airline, with plans to operate flights across Canada and provide non-stop service from Canada to the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. The company plans to commence operations with the Airbus A320 fleet, the most widely u sed air craft for ultralow-cost carriers around the world.
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