A step towards commercial flights at the airport

First step towards commercial flights at Sherbrooke Airport, while chartered flights will be offered to the public and business customers from April 2nd. The airline Grondair, based in Saint-Frédéric de Beauce, will have an office in Sherbrooke and will offer transport on request with its King Air A100 aircraft, which can accommodate up to nine passengers.

“A little less than a year ago, in May, I discovered your airport. I saw the immensity of the site. I have fallen under the charm. I am impressed to note that no one officially serves the greater Sherbrooke area at the airport. We are proposing to provide people here with air transportation for the entire north-east of Canada and the United States, “said Grondair owner Enrico Lessard at a press conference on Wednesday.

The concept is simple: just book 48 hours before departure. “We are one hour from Sherbrooke. You call us, we come to pick you up at the time that suits you, we wait for you and we bring you back. There is no waste of time. We will adapt to the demand to advance the service offer. We will grow according to demand, “says Lessard.

Airplanes can be configured in cargo mode, executive mode for five or six people, or bus mode for nine passengers.

“This is an additional step that could eventually lead us to another stage, that of offering a wider service to the regional population,” commented Claude Charron, President of the Sherbrooke Airport Development Corporation.

“A little less than a year ago, in May, I discovered your airport. I saw the immensity of the site. I have fallen under the charm. I am impressed to note that no one officially serves the greater Sherbrooke area at the airport. Said Grondair owner Enrico Lessard at a press conference on Wednesday.
“A little less than a year ago, in May, I discovered your airport. I saw the immensity of the site. I have fallen under the charm. I am impressed to note that no one officially serves the greater Sherbrooke area at the airport. Said Grondair owner Enrico Lessard at a press conference on Wednesday.
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” First stage ”

Mr. Charron believes that the arrival of charter flights will not be enough to meet the needs of business people. “It’s a first step. If we start slowly, we will develop the offer. There is marketing to do. Commercial flights will target another market. ”

Enrico Lessard is adapting to meet all the demand for flights to Toronto. “If other major companies were moving here, there is room for reflection, but we are here for a chartered service that could go to an airline. If the volume is beyond our capacity, the City will find other partners to meet the demand, “he blows.

Mr. Lessard mentioned the possibility of creating fixed links and acquiring bigger devices, such as Beechcraft 1900s, if the need arose. “It will be a happy problem at that time. ”

The president of the Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce, Claude Denis, was not invited to the press conference on Wednesday. ” It is surprising. We’re pushing for the airport because we know it’s a tool for economic development. I do not understand. ”

Mr. Denis nevertheless described the arrival of Grondair as good news. “It’s a step towards the goal of commercial flights to Montreal and Boston. ”

Steve Lussier absent

Mayor Steve Lussier was also absent. “All the files are important and he would like to be everywhere, but he absolutely could not be there,” explains his political attaché, Sylvain Vessiot.

Mr. Lussier met with candidates for the position at the general management.

The arrival of Grondair entails no disbursement for the City of Sherbrooke. As an indication, it is estimated that it costs about $ 1000 per hour of flight to charter the plane. The cost is however adapted according to the destination, the needs of refueling and the wait time. It is not impossible that a system for grouping customers is set up. Grondair’s presence will also provide airport management with an opportunity to collect data on the presence of travelers at its facilities.

Grondair owns some 40 aircraft, including four King Air aircraft. The company is a supplier of SOPFEU in addition to owning a flight school.

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