Please fasten your seat belt and put the tablet away. Starting Wednesday, June 1, new cheap flight options in Quebec are available. The government is working with six airlines to cap the price of certain trips departing from Montreal, Quebec and Saint-Hubert to certain destinations in outlying regions. Eligible tickets will be $250 one way and $500 round trip.
The measure is part of a program first announced in April to reduce the cost of air travel to more remote areas and encourage tourism.
Eligible destinations are:
- Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’Or in Abitibi-Témiscamingue;
- Mont-Joli in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region;
- Baie-Comeau, Fermont (via Wabush, Labrador), Havre-Saint-Pierre, Natashquan, Sept-Îles, Schefferville and several other small coastal towns on the mainland North Shore, as well as Port-Menier on Île-d’ Anticosti;
- Bonaventure and Gaspé in Gaspésie;
- the Magdalen Islands;
- Chibougamau in Northern Quebec;
- and Saguenay-Bagotville in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.
Discounted airline tickets will be available on the websites of participating carriers, Air Canada, Air Creebec, Air Inuit, Air Liaison, PAL Airlines and Pascan Aviation. Although it is unclear at the time of writing exactly which flights are covered as of June 1.
All flight routes that will be eligible for the Price Cap Program are listed below.
Map showing the routes and destinations officials plan to make eligible for the $500 cap on round-trip airfare prices.Government of Quebec
There is a limit of six discounted flights (six one-way or three return) per person per year between April 1 and March 31.
In addition to the price cap, Quebec will offer flight cost reimbursements between 30% and 60% to residents of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Côte-Nord, Eeyou Istchee Baie- James, from Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
“The revival of tourism in Quebec depends, among other things, on greater accessibility to our territory and its attractions,” said Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx in a press release.
The reduced price program, she continued, “will allow Quebecers to discover our regions at an affordable price and to take advantage of an increasingly attractive tourist offer. It will also promote Quebec as an essential tourist destination, which we can be proud of. of!”