Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

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Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Aéroport international Jean-Lesage de Québec
Jean Lesage International Airport
Aéroport Jean Lesage.jpg
WMO: 71708
Airport type Public/Military
Owner Transport Canada
Operator Aéroport de Québec Inc.
Serves Quebec City, Quebec
Location Sainte-Foy, Quebec
Time zone EST (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 244 ft / 74 m
Coordinates 46°47′28″N 071°23′36″W / 46.79111°N 71.39333°W / 46.79111; -71.39333Coordinates: 46°47′28″N 071°23′36″W / 46.79111°N 71.39333°W / 46.79111; -71.39333
Website www.aeroportdequebec.com
CYQB is located in Quebec
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 9,000 2,743 Asphalt
11/29 5,700 1,737 Asphalt
Aircraft movements (2013) 118,265
Passenger Traffic (2014) 1,574,699
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement[1]
Environment Canada[2]
Movements from Statistics Canada[3]
Passenger statistics from Aéroport de Québec.[4]

Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, also known as Jean Lesage International Airport (French: Aéroport international Jean-Lesage de Québec, or Aéroport de Québec) (IATA: YQBICAO: CYQB) was established in 1939, a year after the closure of the Aérodrome Saint-Louis. It is located 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) west southwest of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. First established as a training facility for air observers, the first flight occurred on September 11, 1941. It is the second busiest passenger airport in Quebec after Montreal-Trudeau airport and the third busiest airport by aircraft movements in Quebec after Montreal-Trudeau and Montreal-Saint-Hubert, with 1,574,699 passengers[4] in 2014 and 118,265 aircraft movements in 2013.[3]

First known as the Aéroport de l'Ancienne Lorette, then the Aéroport de Sainte-Foy, and later the Aéroport de Québec, it was renamed to Aéroport international Jean-Lesage in 1993, in honour of the former Premier of Quebec, Jean Lesage.

The airport is managed and operated by Aéroport de Québec inc., a non-profit and non-share corporation. The current terminal building has a capacity of 1.4 million passengers annually.[5]

In 2010, 2011 and 2013, the airport was voted Best Regional Airport in North America by Airports Council International's Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program.[6][7]

On September 19, 2013, runway 12/30 was renamed to runway 11/29.

Public transportation to the airport is provided by RTC bus 78 a few times a day.

Airport expansion[edit]

New airport terminal

Beginning in 2006, with a budget of $65.8 million, Québec/Jean Lesage International Airport underwent a modernization designed to increase the terminal's capacity and substantially enhance the level of passenger service. The modernization included a reconfiguration of the terminal on 2 levels, a restructuring of the baggage handling area and arrivals area, as well as a reconfiguration and enlargement of the waiting rooms. 54% of the financing was provided directly by Aéroport de Québec inc. Completed in June 2008, the new configuration of the airport now enables it to handle 1.4 million passengers a year.

Based on the passenger figures for 2009 and 2010, it became clear that the terminal building would reach its design capacity by 2012. Aéroport de Québec inc. is therefore planning further investments of nearly $300 million to further expand the terminal building.[5] Presently the terminal has 13 gates: 8 contact gates and 5 walk-out aircraft positions. This number will increase to 16 gates by 2017, and 24 by 2025.[8]

On July 4, 2011, work began on the second phase of the airport expansion, which will last until 2017. The terminal building will double in size, at a cost of $224.8 million. The work will include an expansion of the international facilities, construction work on the runways, taxiways and de-icing pads, as well as enhancements to customer service facilities.[9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Over 10 airlines offer 360 weekly flights from Jean Lesage International Airport to destinations across Eastern Canada, the United States, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Gaspé, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Sept-Îles, Toronto–Pearson, Wabush Airport
Air Inuit Kangiqsujuaq, Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq, Montréal–Trudeau, Quaqtaq, Salluit, Schefferville, Sept-Îles
Air Transat Seasonal: Cancún, Cayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo, Fort Lauderdale, Holguin, Montego Bay, Montréal–Trudeau (begins June 20, 2015), Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Samaná, Santa Clara, Varadero
Canadian North Seasonal Charter: Miami
Delta Connection New York–JFK
Pascan Aviation Baie-Comeau, Bonaventure, Gatineau, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Mont-Joli, Saint-Hubert, Sept-Îles, Wabush
Porter Airlines Toronto–Billy Bishop
Provincial Airlines Montréal–Trudeau, Sept-Îles, Wabush
Sunwing Airlines Cancún, Cayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo, Punta Cana, Santa Clara
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale, Holguin, Montego Bay, Puerto Plata, Rio Hato, St. Maarten (begins December 21, 2015), Varadero
United Express Newark
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare
US Airways Express Seasonal: Philadelphia
WestJet Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Cancún, Fort Lauderdale
WestJet Encore Toronto–Pearson


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Feeder
operated by Morningstar Air Express
SkyLink Express Montreal-Mirabel


In 2013 the airport was the 13th busiest airport by total passengers and aircraft movements in Canada.[3]

Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Aircraft movements[10][11][3] 142,612 151,650 135,646 116,523 109,180 101,367 109,031 119,441 125,512 128,890 126,856 128,748 133,675 118,265 N.D
Passenger TrafficA[4][12][13] 672,829 642,767 610,568 628,545 715,106 793,735 802,263 899,612 1,022,862 1,035,026 1,190,088 1,313,432 1,342,840 1,475,717 1,574,699
  • ^A Statistics prior to 2009 are from Transport Canada. From 2009 on statistics are from Aéroport de Québec (ADQ). Transport Canada's statistics are consistently higher than those of ADQ.

Fire and rescue[edit]

The airport's fire department has a crew of 20 using 6 different pieces of equipment to deal with emergencies at the airport.[14]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 9 September 1949, Canadian Pacific Airlines Flight 108 on a flight from Montreal to Baie-Comeau with a stopover in Quebec City crash-landed east of Quebec City when a bomb exploded on-board shortly after departing from Quebec City Jean Lesage Airport (then known as L'Ancienne-Lorette Airport), killing all 19 passengers and 4 crews. The incident and trial that followed up would be later known as the Albert Guay affair.

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