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
Statistics (2014/2015)
Passengers (2015) 1,584,713
Passenger change 14-15 Increase 0.6%
Aircraft movements (2014) 112,468
Movements change 13-14 Decrease 4.9%
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 1,584,713 passengers[4] in 2015 and 112,468 aircraft movements in 2014.[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.

On March 10, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the addition of the airport to the list of Canadian airports containing U.S. border preclearance facilities.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

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
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–MCO, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Samaná, Santa Clara, Varadero
American Eagle Seasonal: Philadelphia
Canadian North Seasonal Charter: West Palm Beach
Delta Connection New York–JFK
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, Montego Bay, Puerto Plata, Rio Hato, St. Maarten
United Express Newark
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare
WestJet Seasonal: Cancún, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto–Pearson
WestJet Encore Toronto–Pearson


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


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.[11]

Passenger statistics[4][12][13] and aircraft movements[3][11][14][15] 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
  • ^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.[16]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

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