A new airline is born to help serve the regions of Quebec.
Air Chartered was founded in an attempt to provide better prices and stability for the regions.
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“We want to become the number 1 reference for regional flights. We would like it to be the mentality of people to say: “Ah, we are going to go through Air Chartered to be able to find tickets” “, affirms Mathieu Malette, founder of Air Nolisé.
It should be remembered that Air Canada has abandoned many of its regional air routes and the citizens of remote regions feared economic, tourist and even medical consequences.
Several other players have tried to fill this void left by Air Canada.
“At home in Gaspé, it’s Pascan Aviation who serves us. I saw on the North Shore, in the Baie-Comeau sector, I saw Air Liaison grow to a certain extent, I saw Air Creebec make up for the shortfall in Abitibi, ”says Daniel Côté, mayor of Gaspé.
To reduce fares as much as possible, the founder of Air Nolisé plans to purchase his own planes.
“So we’re going to rent planes from existing airlines. We’re going to start with nine-seater planes. Basically, we’re going to serve Sept-Îles, Rouyn-Noranda, uh, Gaspé. We’re also going … Quebec, Montreal, Toronto. “
Even if they welcome the initiative, the mayors of Gaspé and Sept-Îles are betting more on TREQ, the new regional transport cooperative in Quebec, which should see the light of day in the spring.
“Currently, there is a membership campaign. They have exceeded 10,000, imagine, there are not even any planes still in service, ”says Réjean Porlier, mayor of Sept-Îles.
Whether it’s TREQ or Air Chartered, remote regions want to see concrete actions since they could still be destinations of choice for the next summer season.