Regina International Airport

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Regina International Airport
Regina Airport Logo.svg
Regina Airport.JPG
WMO: 71863
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada
Operator Regina Airport Authority
Serves Regina, Saskatchewan
Time zone CST (UTC−06:00)
Elevation AMSL 1,895 ft / 578 m
Coordinates 50°25′56″N 104°39′58″W / 50.43222°N 104.66611°W / 50.43222; -104.66611Coordinates: 50°25′56″N 104°39′58″W / 50.43222°N 104.66611°W / 50.43222; -104.66611
CYQR is located in Saskatchewan
Location in Saskatchewan
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 6,200 1,890 Asphalt
13/31 7,901 2,408 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft movements 59,455
Passengers 1,227,224

Regina International Airport (IATA: YQRICAO: CYQR) is an international airport located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) south-west[1] and 7 km (4.3 mi) west south-west of the city centre. It is run by the Regina Airport Authority. It is, as of 2010, the second busiest airport in Saskatchewan (Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker being the busiest).[4]

The airport is classified as an airport of entry by NAV CANADA and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency. CBSA officers at this airport currently can handle aircraft with no more than 120 passengers, however they can handle up to 250 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.[1]


The 1939 Art Deco administration building and control tower at the Regina Municipal Airport
The Department of Transport-built administration building and control tower at the Regina Municipal Airport
The second Regina airport, in the mid 1960s prior to the enlargement and renovations of 1983-86

The first site in Regina used for flying was the infield at Regina Exhibition Park's horse race track, where visiting barnstormer "Lucky Bob" St. Pierre (a Nebraskan whose real name was "Shaeffer" or "Shaffer") flew a Curtiss Model D biplane in August, 1911. A few other barnstormers, notably aviator Katherine Stinson of the famous aviation family, appeared in Regina and other prairie cities in the years thereafter, but there was virtually no other aviation activity in Western Canada during the First World War.

After the First World War, Reginan Roland Groome returned from military service as a flying instructor in Southern Ontario and, with partners, set up a company called the "Aerial Service Co." Its primitive airfield was located near what is the current intersection of Hill Avenue and Cameron Street in the city's southern Lakeview district. In May 1920, federal government regulators assigned this field the designation of Canada 's first licensed "air harbour". Groome also received Canadian commercial pilot's licence No. 1 and mechanic Robert McCombie was given air engineer's licence No. 1.

The present airport site was developed in 1928-30. A terminal building was built in 1940. Scheduled airline service was initially provided by Moose Jaw-based Prairie Airways (in 1938) and then Trans-Canada Air Lines (in 1939). A new terminal building was erected in 1960. Major renovations to this terminal building were conducted in 1983-86. A $24-million expansion started in January 2004, increasing its capacity to 1.2 million passengers per year. The first stage of the expansion included the expansion of the terminal and includes a larger post-security holding room, another passenger loading bridge, an expansion to the international arrivals area and more baggage carousels. The first phase was completed in August 2005.

The second phase is now under way and includes further expansion for security services as well as facilities for new tenants such as stores and eating establishments (including a Tim Hortons). In 2009, construction began on two new jetways, one between gates 5 and 6, to the right of the glass atrium, and the other as an offshoot of gate 1. This is to keep up with airport demand and to further increase passenger comfort and safety in winter months.

On May 1, 1995, under the Canada-US Open Skies agreement, Northwest Airlines began service to Minneapolis – Saint Paul. United Express has since begun non-stop service to Chicago O'Hare and Denver. In 1996 WestJet began Boeing 737-200 service. Air Canada, which began scheduled service to Regina in early 1939, ended mainline service into Regina and six other medium-sized Canadian cities in October 2005, turning over these routes to its subsidiary Air Canada Jazz and its fleet of Canadair Regional Jets (CRJ). Mainline service to Toronto returned on November 2, 2008 using the Embraer E-190 aircraft. In the summer of 2010, Air Canada Jazz introduced summer seasonal service between Regina and Ottawa using the CRJ-705 aircraft, as well late in 2013 WestJet Encore has started service to Calgary using the Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. Since then, Edmonton and Winnipeg have been added to WestJet's Encore network out of Regina. This year starting in the 2014 summer season, WestJet has also added 2 weekly flights to Las Vegas, 1 flight on Wednesday, and the other being on Saturday.

Passenger services[edit]

The newly renovated passenger terminal now boasts the following services: A Tim Hortons "On the Go" and Gateway Lounge (Post-Security), the Aviator Grill Full-Service Restaurant (Pre-Security), also the intimate Street Side Cafe in the arrivals area. Stores include a Relay Duty-Free Outlet and Prairie Rumour Handicrafts located before security. There is also a business lounge, a children's play area, vending machines, free Wi-Fi and a historical display located post-security. There is also a four-currency ATM just prior to security that dispenses US and Canadian dollars, as well as Euros and British Pounds. YQR had announced plans for a parkade. But that was shut down due to the limited amount of passenger movements at the airport.


The RAA Fire Department (with crew of 10) operates from a single fire station housing 2 Rosenbauer Panther 3000 ARFF[6] as well as a Rosenbauer AirWolf Rescue truck[7] in 2012.

In 2012 RAA completed renovations to the existing airport fire hall.[8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
Air Canada Express Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Ottawa, Saskatoon
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul
ExpressAir Prince Albert, Saskatoon
WestJet Calgary, Las Vegas, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Cancún, Montego Bay , Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, Vancouver, Varadero
WestJet Encore Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg

Charter airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Transat Seasonal: Cancún, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Varadero
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Cancún, Cayo Coco, Huatulco, San José del Cabo, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta

Cargo airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Cargojet Airways Saskatoon
SkyLink Express Winnipeg


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