he airline also continues to enhance its overall offering out of Jean Lesage International Airport

MONTREALOct. 25, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Transat, (TSX: TRZ) voted World's Best Leisure Airline, is pleased to announce that it will offer an exclusive non-stop service between Quebec City and London. From May 11 to September 28, 2022, travellers from the province of Quebec's Capitale-Nationale region will be able to benefit from weekly direct flights to London's Gatwick airport, making it easier than ever to discover this must-see European destination. At the same time, British tourists will now have direct access to magnificent Quebec City.

"We are proud to have been serving Quebec City since our very beginnings more than 30 years ago, and to be the leading international carrier departing from Jean Lesage Airport, with an array of exclusive routes that is constantly being enhanced," said Joseph Adamo, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Transat. "London is the world's number one international market, and this route's strong tourism potential is undeniable, both for Quebec travellers and for Britons who want to visit our beautiful province. The addition of this city-pair is an integral part of our strategic plan and our ambitions for developing our offering out of the Capitale-Nationale region."

Stphane Poirier, President and CEO of Qubec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), noted: "The addition of a flight to a destination as important as London is a dream come true for us at YQB, but also for many people in the Greater Quebec City area. Although our industry has been severely weakened by the global pandemic, Air Transat has chosen to invest in our market by offering the public a second direct connection to Europe, after Paris. It is essential that passengers return if we are to prove to Air Transat that it was right to place its trust in us."

Genevive Guilbault, Quebec Deputy Premier, Minister of Public Security and minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, stated: "The pandemic has impacted the travel industry around the world. This announcement is a breath of fresh air for our airport, for the tourism industry of our beautiful Capitale-Nationale region and for our citizens who are eager to rediscover the pleasure of travelling comfortably and safely." She added: "I hope that this announcement is just the first of many that will help strengthen Qubec City Jean Lesage's standing as an international airport."

For her part, Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism and minister responsible for the Lanaudire and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions, said: "With this excellent news, Air Transat and Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport are sending a strong signal that the tourism recovery is well underway, and that the province of Quebec and its Capital-Nationale region remain at the top of the list of popular destinations for European tourists. The creation of a new Quebec City-London route illustrates the success of the efforts made by all the partners in the tourism industry and by your government to maintain our charming Capitale-Nationale's ability to welcome visitors, as well as its attractiveness throughout the pandemic. The entire tourism industry and the wonderful Capitale-Nationale region will undoubtedly benefit from this new traffic."

Robert Mercure, General Manager of the Destination Qubec cit tourism development organization, stated: "This new Quebec City-London route serve as an important lever for our tourism recovery. Attractions, restaurants, businesses and hotels have been hard hit by the pandemic and the absence of international tourists over the past 18 months. The provincial capital's flight offering must be diversified if our destination is to remain competitive and we can only welcome this addition, which broadens our market development opportunities."

London-bound passengers will travel on the new-generation Airbus A321neoLR aircraft, which are perfectly aligned with the company's ongoing efforts in responsible tourism, including a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. They consume 15% less fuel, and reduce both noise and NOx greenhouse gas emissions by half.

The route will operate on Wednesdays from Quebec City and Thursdays from London-Gatwick.

Enhanced service from Quebec City for summer 2022

Air Transat is continuing to expand its international service out of Quebec City by offering direct flights to six other destinations for the summer of 2022.

In addition to serving London, Air Transat also plans to restart its service between Quebec City and Paris, enabling travellers to enjoy exclusive service to two of Europe's major metropolises. Sun-lovers are also sure to find something to their liking thanks to direct flights to Fort Lauderdale, now offered year-round, as well as connections to Cancn in Mexico and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Full details of Air Transat's 2022 summer flight schedule will be announced shortly.