Air France today inaugurated its new direct service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Quebec.
Leaving Paris at 1:47 p.m., flight AF352 landed at Jean-Lesage International Airport at 2:50 p.m., with Caroline Proulx, Quebec Minister of Tourism, and Henri Hourcade, General Manager France, Air France-KLM on board.
“I am delighted to inaugurate today our fourth direct link in Canada and the second in the province of Quebec,” said Mr. Hourcade.
Canada is the second most important long-haul market for the airline which offers more than 200 destinations worldwide.
These direct flight additions will help increase supply in Canada by 15% compared to before the pandemic. Quebec is Air France's fourth destination in Canada after Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Air France will now operate three weekly flights between Quebec City (YQB) and Paris (CDG), on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, until October 27, 2022. The Air France coach service, connecting Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport daily in Quebec, will remain accessible free of charge to all connecting customers traveling on the company's wings.
The flights are operated by Airbus A330-200 equipped with new travel cabins and a wifi connection available throughout the flight.
“We are very happy to welcome Air France to YQB today. The arrival of one of the largest carriers in the world in Quebec will strongly contribute to the socioeconomic development of the greater region. This new connection connects us with Air France's global network and is in line with our objective of always offering more options to travelers from here," said Stéphane Poirier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebec Jean-Lesage International Airport (YQB).
It should be noted that the Airbus A330-200 operating flight AF352 is not the first aircraft in Air France colors to land at Jean-Lesage International Airport in Quebec. On July 14, 1984, Le Concorde had attracted several thousand people. The mythical device had participated in the activities offered as part of Quebec 84 celebrating the 450th anniversary of the arrival of Jacques Cartier in Canada.