Air Canada and Transat received recognition from Aéroports de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, the Conseil du patronat du Québec and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec for their respective awards at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
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The companies were named Best Airline in North America and Best Leisure Airline in the World, respectively, at the awards ceremony, held this year at the 53rd International Paris Air Show Le Bourget in France.
Celebrating a milestone
Both companies were also applauded for having reached a milestone merger agreement to combine their respective businesses.
"We are proud to see two Montreal-based carriers recognized as amongst the very best in the world," said Phillippe Rainville, president, Aéroports de Montréal. "The Skytrax World Airline Awards are global, highly regarded recognitions which are based on passenger satisfaction surveys of more than 21 million global travellers. Over the last five years, the number of passengers at Montreal-Trudeau has increased by nearly 40 per cent and with this combination of two home-grown champions, we expect that growth to even accelerate to reinforce the position of Montreal as a world class hub."
"That Air Canada and Transat have both won these awards several years running is a testament to the attractive product offerings and commitment to customer service excellence from these Montreal champions. We are pleased to see that the combination of Air Canada and Transat will create a Montreal-based global leader in leisure, tourism and travel distribution, offering choices to more destinations than ever from Montréal, more connecting traffic and promoting two-way tourism to and from the city," said Yves Lalumière, president and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.
Michel Leblanc, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, and Yves-Thomas Dorval, president and CEO of the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), both agree that the acquisition will also boost employment rates, and lead to job creation in Montreal, and strengthen overall economic development in Quebec.
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