Low-cost carrier Canada Jetlines is eyeing 2020 for the launch of service at Montreal Saint Hubert Airport, where a new terminal building currently under construction could provide a home for the airline.
According to Jane Foyle, general manager of DASH-L (the non-profit organization that manages the airport), YHU is in the process of securing a designated airport status in order to provide security screening services from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) at an affordable rate, along with obtaining customs and immigration services from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in order to offer transborder flights.
"We are excited to enter into this partnership with Montreal Saint-Hubert Airport and support its vision of building a low-cost alternative airport in the Montreal region,” stated Javier Suarez, CEO of Jetlines. "Longueuil is a short commute out of the downtown core of Montreal, and our passengers will not only benefit from ultra-low airfares, they will also have convenient access to a new purpose-built low-cost facility near downtown Montreal."
"We are delighted at the prospect of partnering with Jetlines to offer ULCC service to the Montreal and Montérégie regions,” Foyle said. “These two conditions, which depend solely on federal government decisions, are necessary for us to be able to partner with air carriers of Jetlines' caliber. We will be reaching out to Minister Marc Garneau and our elected officials to accelerate these decisions. We share the federal government's stated goal to offer affordable and efficient services to Canadians and our partnership with Jetlines is an important step towards that goal."