Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) has taken measures in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic that continues to affect the global aviation industry.
“While the situation is changing from day to day and even hour to hour, our role and our priorities have not changed: to help our passengers, from here and abroad, get home safely,” commented Stephane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB.
In response to border closures, the airport expects to only see a few hundred passengers each day which could result in a passenger drop of 85%. YQB is working towards solutions for this challenging pandemic, including a reduction in operating expenses and has had to temporarily lay off about 40 employees.
The airport is required to continue operating its runways and facilities, providing a minimum service for emergencies and the transportation of essential goods. It is also focusing on life beyond coronavirus and its role as a key player in the region’s economic development.
Poirier added, “YQB is a strong organisation and we are well positioned on the market. We are staying positive when we look to the future. Once this pandemic is behind us, we will work hard to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves.”