Montreal, December 19, 2011
Air Transat has received certification by the Quebec government’s ICI ON RECYCLE! program for its environmental protection efforts and its exemplary waste-management practices. Pierre Arcand, Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, honoured a total of 25 establishments from the Montreal and Laurentians regions during an official certification presentation ceremony held last Monday in Montreal.
“This is a significant recognition for our company,” said Allen B. Graham, President of both Transat Canada and Air Transat. “We have earned this distinction in large part because of the engagement of all our employees in the area of corporate responsibility, and especially because of our team effort to protect the environment.”
The ICI ON RECYCLE! recognition program, created by the Quebec government in 2003 and managed by RECYC-QUÉBEC, aims to acknowledge the efforts of industries, commerces and institutions that have established exemplary waste-management measures. Air Transat has attained the program’s most stringent level (Level 3 — Performance), for having implemented measures to reduce, re-use, recycle and recover waste. This has allowed the company to achieve an overall recovery rate of over 80%.
Air Transat is Canada’s leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries aboard its fleet of Airbus wide-body jets. The company employs approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries.