Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

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Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Aéroport international Jean-Lesage de Québec
Aéroport Jean Lesage.jpg
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
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 1,615,750
Passenger change 15-16 Increase 2.0%
Aircraft movements 116,190
Movements change 15-16 Increase 5.3%
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) is an international airport located 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) west southwest of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It is the second-busiest passenger airport in Québec Province after Montréal–Trudeau and the third-busiest airport by aircraft movements in Québec Province after Montréal–Trudeau and Montreal-Saint-Hubert, with 1,615,750 passengers[4] and 116,190 aircraft movements in 2016.[5] More than 10 airlines offer 360 weekly flights to destinations across Canada, the United States, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.


New airport terminal

The airport was established in 1939, a year after the closure of the Aérodrome Saint-Louis. First established as a training facility for air observers, the first flight occurred on September 11, 1941. 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.[6]

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. Fifty-four percent 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.[6] 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.[7]

On July 4, 2011, work began on the second phase of the airport expansion, which will last until 2017. Partially funded through an Airport Improvement Fee, 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.[8] On September 19, 2013, runway 12/30 was renamed to runway 11/29.

The airport charges an Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) to each passenger, it is amongst the highest in Canada at $35 per passenger.[9]

In 2015 the airport was the 12th-busiest airport by total passengers and in 2014 it was the 14th-busiest by aircraft movements in Canada.[10] On 10 March 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the addition of the airport to the list of Canadian airports containing U.S. border preclearance facilities.[11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


It is important to note here that the following companies are airport's terminal users. Many other companies with daily services such as Air Creebec, Air Liaison, Chrono Aviation, Max Aviation, Propair and Strait Air are not using the airport's terminal facilities but, are intrinsic of the airport's traffics and statistics.

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Gaspé, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Sept-Îles, Toronto–Pearson, Wabush
Air Inuit Kangiqsujuaq, Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq, Montréal–Trudeau, Quaqtaq, Salluit, Schefferville, Sept-Îles
Air Transat Seasonal: Cancún, Cayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo, Fort Lauderdale, Holguin, La Romana, Montréal–Trudeau, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Roatan, Samaná, Santa Clara, Varadero
American Eagle Seasonal: Philadelphia
Delta Connection New York–JFK (ends October 24, 2017)[12]
Pascan Aviation Bonaventure, 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, Varadero
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale, Holguin, Puerto Plata, Rio Hato
United Express Newark
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare
WestJet Encore Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Feeder
operated by Morningstar Air Express
UPS Feeder
operated by SkyLink Express
Glencore Kattiniq/Donaldson


Passenger statistics[4][13][14] and aircraft movements[5][3][10][15][16] for Jean Lesage International Airport
Year Total passengersA Aircraft Movements
2000 672,829 142,612
2001 642,767 151,650
2002 610,568 135,646
2003 628,545 116,523
2004 715,106 109,180
2005 793,735 101,367
2006 802,263 109,031
2007 899,612 119,441
2008 1,022,862 125,512
2009 1,035,026 128,890
2010 1,190,088 126,856
2011 1,313,432 128,748
2012 1,342,840 133,675
2013 1,475,717 118,265
2014 1,574,699 112,468
2015 1,584,713 110,345
2016 1,615,750 116,190
  • ^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.


Public transportation to the airport is infrequently provided by Réseau de transport de la Capitale route 78 to Terminus Les Saules, west of the centre of Quebec City.

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