Seven minutes before midnight on May 11, the entertainment airline Air Transat took off from Quebec City to London Gatwick. Six Canadian cities are now served non-stop from London via all airlines and airports.
Air Transat starts from Quebec City – London
Soon after flying from Montreal to Amsterdam, Air Transat began its next long route: from Quebec City to London Gatwick. It works once a week, and it works in the summer – seasonally from Canada Between May 11 and September 28. her last trip from London September 29.
The 3,125-mile (5,029-kilometre) airport pair sits above the 3,000-mile threshold to be a long-range route. However, this summer it is the fifth shortest of 68 routes between the UK and North America, surpassed only by Glasgow-Halifax, London Heathrow-Halifax, London Gatwick-Halifax and Edinburgh-Boston.
Operated by 199 seat A321LRs, with 12 business seats (not completely flat) and 187 economy class seats, Gatwick’s schedule is as follows, with all times local time:
- Quebec City to London Gatwick: Wednesdays, TS492, 23:55-11:20+1 (6 hours 25 minutes block time)
- London Gatwick to Quebec City: Thursday, TS493, 13:05-15:35 (7h 30d)
The first flight is on its way when writing. When this image was taken, there were 3h and 32d, and 1h and 31d remaining. It uses C-GOIK, a 1.9-year-old A321LR, which was developed from Montreal. Photo: Flightradar24.
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“a dream come true”
When Gatwick was announced last year, Stéphane Poirier, president and CEO of Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport, said the route was “A dream come true.” You can see why. While Paris will always be number one, London has been Quebec City’s largest unserved European market.
According to booking data, London had about 12,000 round-trip passengers from point to point in 2019 (excluding those leaked to Montreal), with Canada a slightly larger selling point. They traveled more to/from London than Lyon or any other French airport except for CDG.
Of course, from Quebec City to London is very summery, with peak month passengers three times as many as nadir, hence Air Transat’s limited-time offer and 42 round trips.
With its 199-seat plane, it will have 8,358 seats. It must have little problem in stimulating demand through its continuous and low prices. In 2019, the average one-way fare was C$443 ($340), excluding taxes and any fuel surcharges. Revenue with Air Transat is C$583 ($445) in “environmental budget”, excluding checked bag, no seat assignment, etc.
Gatwick is Transat’s second route in Europe from Quebec City. She joins the long-running Paris CDG, which resumed on April 10. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Flickr.
Canada to London
OAG is offering 2.1 million round-trip seats for sale between Canada and London this summer. Not surprisingly, Air Canada provided about half (49% of the market), followed by WestJet (22%), British Airways (19%), and Air Transat (11%).
Six Canadian airports are served. By seat order, they are Toronto (42%), Vancouver (24%), Montreal (16%), Calgary (13%; WestJet recently added it from Heathrow), Halifax (5%), and Quebec City (0.4%). ).
There are no more non-stop flights from Edmonton, Ottawa, St. John’s or Winnipeg. Could Air Canada use its upcoming A321XLR to re-launch some of these planes to Heathrow?
Will you be flying across the North Atlantic this summer? If so, comment on where you’re headed and with which operator.
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