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Pascan welcomes Porter’s investments at St. Hubert Airport

Porter YHU Terminal

Îles de la Madeleine

The St. Hubert airport will get a facelift by the end of 2024 thanks to a partnership with Porter Airlines that will see the construction of a new terminal with a capacity of 4 million passengers.

According to the company, the new infrastructure will make it a hub for domestic flights to major Canadian airports.

At the same time, Porter is announcing plans to establish a code-share agreement with Pascan Aviation, which will allow travellers in the Quebec regions to benefit from the new routes from St. Hubert.

The regional carrier’s co-owner, Yani Gagnon, is pleased with the $200 million private investment.

Near the new facility, the developers also plan to build a 130-room Holiday Inn hotel.

Pascan’s manager acknowledges that connections between the islands and the mainland have been particularly difficult this winter.

He explains that in addition to mechanical issues and inclement weather, the increasingly restrictive standards governing crew rest have caused a series of delays that have tied the company’s hands.

When asked about the numerous inconveniences for passengers who have to adjust at the last minute, he mentioned that the introduction of two additional aircraft by the summer could improve service.

Yani Gagnon notes that ideally, an aircraft would be permanently stationed at the Islands airport as a backup.

However, this would require the construction of a new hangar, he concludes.

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