I live in Moncton and am quite familiar with the flights in and out of YQM
. So here's the scoop on the charters.
1. Corsair will effectively start their ORY
flights today (June 30). The plane is scheduled to land in a few hours and I will be there with my camera! In the summer of 2004, there were 10 flights (every Thursday from late June to early September, serviced by A330-200s). This year, the flights are again operated on Thursdays but for 12 weeks. The only difference is that the flight will be operated by a 747-300.
2. New Brunswick is indeed Canada's only officially bilingual province and there is a large proportion of francophones living in the greater Moncton area. The flight to ORY
is the only direct service from Atlantic Canada to France, so it attracts people from NS, PEI and NB
(anglophones and francophones alike). Also, many French tourists start their bus tours in Moncton and make their way to Québec City and Montreal afterwards. Many stay and tour NB
and the Maritimes. Exactly half the passengers (290) will be boarding/deplaning in YQM
3. Moncton Airport has a brand new terminal (actually, it's about 3 years old). It is large enough to handle a 747. Others charters include the Condor 757-300 on the HAJ
(every 2 weeks on Tuesdays from May to October) reserved for inbound German tourists, and winter charters down south: Punta Cana (Air Canada A319 and Air Transat A310), Puerto Plata (Skyservice A319) and Varadero (Skyservice A319). Of course, Air Canada Jazz (CRJ, DH1 and BEH), WestJet (73G) and CanJet (735) operate several daily flights to YHZ