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) 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 Quebec after Montreal-Trudeau 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] More than 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.


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.[5]

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.[6]

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

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.[8] 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.[9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


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, 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


Passenger statistics[4][10][11] and aircraft movements[3][8][12][13] 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.


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

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.
  • On 23 June 2010, a Beechcraft A100 King Air of Aeropro (C-FGIN) crashed shortly in the northbound of the airport after taking off from the runway 30, killing all seven people on board.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 15 September 2016 to 0901Z 10 November 2016
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  3. ^ a b c Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
  4. ^ a b c Aéroport de Québec - Statistics
  5. ^ a b Le Soleil (8 November 2010). "L'aéroport de Québec trop petit d'ici deux ans" (in French). Cyberpresse.ca. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Aéroport de Québec Master Plan
  7. ^ La Presse (4 July 2011). "L'aéroport de Québec s'agrandit (french)". Cyberpresse.ca. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
  9. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-obama-preclearance-1.3484339
  10. ^ Top 100 Airports Ranked by Enplaned and Deplaned Passengers, Selected Services or Passengers enplaned and deplaned on selected services — Top 50 airports, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007
  11. ^ Passengers enplaned and deplaned on selected services — Top 50 airports 2008
  12. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
  13. ^ TP577 - Aircraft Movement Statistics Annual Report. Transport Canada 2004
  14. ^ CBC News (23 June 2010). "Quebec City plane crash cause unclear". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 

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