- Government to pay $261M over five years so provincial airlines can provide lower fares.
- The regional government says it will deal with Quebec’s local carriers to confirm the number of subsidized tickets available will meet the advanced demand for round-trip flights at no more than $500.
To promote tourism across all provinces of Quebec, the regional government is offering to cap costs for round-trip airplane tickets at $500.
Quebec Transport Minister François Bonnardel declared Tuesday at the provincial airport in Mont-Joli, Que., located approximately 570 kilometers northeast of Montreal in the Lower Saint-Lawrence area.
Bonnardel stated the $500 maximum fare would also apply to journeys that need connecting flights.
The discount will be applied when buying, and the government will pay airlines by making up the difference between the discounted cost and the fare usually charged.
“Our goal with this plan we are revealing is to boost demand by ensuring that every Quebecer can travel to distant provinces for a maximum payment [of $500], any time throughout the year,” Bonnardel said.
He said it’s hard for Quebecers to assume that they can get from Montreal to Paris and back for $800 or $900, but they have to pay $1,200 or $1,500 to get to Chibougamau or Gaspé.
Source – cbc.ca