Québec, February 5, 2008 – Aéroport de Québec inc. announced today new non-stop service from Québec City to Chicago on United Airlines, beginning June 5th, 2008. This is yet another milestone in the Airport’s constant efforts to increase and improve services to/from the Québec region. United joins recent carriers added to the Airport’s list in this time of significant growth further to a record breaking year for passenger traffic, which exceeded 877 000 in 2007. Thanks to our new motto “Passenger First”, this 12.5% increase from 2006 is indicative of our commitment to meet the needs and expectations of travelers to and from Québec City and eastern Quebec and of the Airport’s role as one of the driving forces of the region’s economy, said the President and Chief Operating Officer of Aéroport de Québec, Mr. Pascal Bélanger.
“In conjunction with the construction of our new terminal, which continues to move full speed ahead, on-target and on-budget, the addition of this new service will provide customers with world-class services, added Mr. Bélanger.
The daily service will be operated by United Express partner Shuttle America with a 70-seat Embraer 170, equipped with explus and Economy Plus. Explus provides customers with first class comfort and service on United Express regional jet service, and Economy Plus affords extra leg room at the front of the economy cabin.
“We are pleased to give our customers what they want – new, convenient non-stop service to more places in the U.S. and Canada,” says Kevin Knight, United’s senior vice president – Planning. “We welcome customers in Québec to United’s global network.”
The new flight will operate daily on the following schedule:
Quebec (YQB) 8:40 a.m.
Chicago (ORD) 6:15 p.m.
Chicago (ORD) 10:11 a.m.
Quebec (YQB) 9:33 p.m.
Privatized on November 1st, 2000, Aéroport de Québec manages and operates the Jean Lesage International Airport, which offers over 50 daily non-stop flights to major North American hubs, such as Montreal, Toronto, New York, Detroit and now Chicago. In addition, more than 30 weekly international chartered flights are available to the Caribbean and Mexico, as well as Paris, France.
In the final stages of a major terminal construction project opening in June 2008, passenger traffic has reached record levels, exceeding 877,000 in 2007. Aéroport de Québec is actively involved in the financing of its terminal modernization project, covering more than half the costs estimated at $65.8 million dollars in total.
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SOURCE: Julie-Anne Vien
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