Air Transat launches five new routes from five different airports

Air Transat service from Quebec City to Puerto Vallarta

The new weekly Air Transat service from Quebec City to Puerto Vallarta was marked at the Canadian airport with passengers being welcomed by models in traditional Mexican dress.

Air Transat also started four new routes to the Dominican Republic from four other Canadian airports – including a weekly service from Hamilton to Puerto Plata. Vacation-themed cupcakes from Sweetness Bakery and beach bags were given away to the passengers, who were also treated to songs from the Starlite Steel Drum Band.

  • Air Transat used the Christmas holidays to start five new routes to the Dominican Republic and Mexico from five different Canadian airports. The longest of the new sectors was the A310-operated route between Quebec City (YQB) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR) – at 4,212 kilometres. At 2,734 kilometres, the shortest city pair commenced was the connection between Hamilton (YHM) and Puerto Plata (PUJ), flown by the airline’s 170-seat 737-800s. The airline’s record for trying untested routes is evident again here, as all of the routes are low frequency (weekly) and all have no incumbent carriers serving the city pairs.
Launch date Origin Destination Aircraft (WF) Competition
18 Dec Quebec City (YQB) Puerto Vallarta (PVR) A310 (1)
19 Dec Hamilton (YHM) Puerto Plata (POP) B738 (1)
23 Dec Rouyn (YUY) Punta Cana (PUJ)
Thunder Bay (YQT)
24 Dec London (YXU)
Source: anna.aero’s New Route Database. Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 6 January 2015. WF = weekly frequencies.

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