Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

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Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

Aéroport international Jean-Lesage de Québec
YQB Airport logo.svg
Aéroport Jean Lesage.jpg
Airport typePublic/Military
OwnerTransport Canada
OperatorAéroport de Québec Inc.
ServesGreater Quebec
LocationSainte-Foy, Quebec
Focus city for
Time zoneEST (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL244 ft / 74 m
Coordinates46°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
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 (2020)
Aircraft movements117,390
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: YQB, ICAO: CYQB) is the primary airport serving Quebec City, Canada. Designated as an international airport by Transport Canada,[5] it is located 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) west southwest of the city. In 2019 it was the eleventh-busiest airport in Canada, with 1,789,005 passengers[4] and ninth-busiest by aircraft movements with 144,963.[3] More than 10 airlines offer 360 weekly flights to destinations across Canada, the United States, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.


Inside the terminal
Inside the 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 Jean Lesage, the former Premier of Quebec. 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 17 gates: 12 contact gates and 5 walk-out aircraft positions. This number will increase to 24 gates by 2025.[7]

On July 4, 2011, work began on the second phase of the airport expansion, which lasted until 2017. Partially funded through an Airport Improvement Fee, the terminal building doubled the size, at a cost of $224.8 million. The work included 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 and President Barack Obama announced the addition of the airport to the list of Canadian airports containing U.S. border preclearance facilities.[11][12] In 2019, Trudeau and President Donald Trump also announced that the airport would obtain border preclearance.[13] However, as of 2021, preclearance is not available.[14]

On December 11, 2017, the first phase of YQB2018, the expansion project, was completed with the opening of the new international terminal. The new facility features more dedicated baggage carousels serving international flights, new customs area, expanded food court and restaurant areas including Starbucks, Pidz and Nourc, four new gates (34 to 37), improved and larger loading area for cars and buses and a larger capacity baggage area.

The last expansion phase was completed in summer of 2019 with the domestic and international terminals being linked all together.

Also added as part of the most recent expansion are 10 holes in the security fence placed at positions determined jointly by the airport authority and a local plane spotting group. These holes are sized to allow photographers to insert telephoto lenses, and are specifically reserved for their use. In 2019, the American website Digital Photography Review called the airport "the number one spot for aviation photographers".[15]



YQB International Airport receives a wide variety of long-, mid- and short-haul aircraft. The airport has two runways. Its longest runway northeast-southwesterly direction is 06/24, having a length of 9,000 by 150 ft (2,743 by 46 m). Runway 24 is YQB's main approach pattern equipped with Area navigation (RNAV), required navigation performance (RNP) and non-directional beacon (NDB) approach. Runway 06 has the same approaches with the addition of instrument landing system (ILS) and VHF omnidirectional range / distance measuring equipment (VOR/DME).

There are seven taxiways, Alpha (connecting the main apron with runway 24), Bravo (connecting the main apron with runway 29), Charlie, Delta (parallel to the 06/24), Echo (connecting the main apron with runway 24), Golf (which links Delta to the threshold of runway 06) and Hotel (between Golf and runway 11/29). The airport aprons can accommodate light to large aircraft (12 aerobridge and 9 remote) simultaneously and is designed to accommodate wide-body jet airliners as large as the Boeing 747-400. YQB doesn't have a Visual Docking Guidance System (VDGS) or Parallax Aircraft Parking Aid (PAPA), all stands are assisted by ground operations using marshalling wands–handheld illuminated beacons.

Ramp 3 is where all the flight schools and private airlines are located. Chrono Aviation, Skyjet/Air Liaison, Orizon Aviation, CFAQ, Strait Air and Avjet/TSAS are the main users of this apron.

Runway and aprons[edit]

Runway at YQB
Runway Length / width Runway Notes
06 → 9,000 by 150 ft
2,743 by 46 m
← 24 Runway 06/24 is equipped with high intensity runway edge lighting [AN(TE HI)]. Runway 24 end has a precision approach path indicator (PAPI) system.
11 → 5,700 by 150 ft
1,737 by 46 m
← 29 Runway 11/29 is equipped with medium intensity runway edge lighting [AO(TE ME)] and precision approach path indicator (PAPI) system.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Deicing unit airside


Air Canada Express Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson[16]
Air Inuit Kangiqsujuaq, Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq, Montréal–Trudeau, Quaqtaq, Salluit, Schefferville, Sept-Îles
Air Transat Cancún (resumes July 4, 2021), Fort Lauderdale (resumes July 3, 2021), Paris–Charles de Gaulle (resumes July 29, 2021), Punta Cana (resumes November 5, 2021)
Seasonal: Cayo Coco (resumes December 18, 2021), Holguin (resumes December 17, 2021), La Romana (resumes November 5, 2021), Montréal–Trudeau, Orlando (resumes December 17, 2021), Puerto Plata (resumes December 23, 2021), Puerto Vallarta (resumes December 23, 2021), Samaná (resumes December 17, 2021), Santa Clara (resumes December 18, 2021), Vancouver (begins July 4, 2021), Varadero (resumes November 5, 2021)
PAL Airlines Gaspé, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Montréal–Trudeau, Sept–Îles, Wabush
Pascan Aviation Bonaventure, Gaspé, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Mont-Joli, Montréal–Saint-Hubert, Sept-Îles, Wabush
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Newark (resumes October 31, 2021)
WestJet Encore Toronto–Pearson (resumes June 28, 2021)[17]


FedEx Feeder operated by Morningstar Air Express Montréal–Mirabel
UPS Feeder operated by SkyLink Express Montréal–Mirabel
Glencore Kattiniq/Donaldson


See source Wikidata query and sources.

Passenger statistics[4][18][19] and aircraft movements[3][20][10][21][22] 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
2017 1,670,880 121,680
2018 1,774,871 137,228
2019 1,789,005 144,963
2020 535,111 117,390
  • ^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.

Top domestic destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic flights out of YQB by frequency
Rank Destinations (operated by) Carriers
1 Montreal Air Canada, Air Transat, Air Inuit, PAL Airlines
2 Toronto Air Canada, WestJet
3 Saint-Hubert Pascan Aviation
4 Sept-Iles Air Canada, Air Inuit, Pascan Aviation
5 Gaspé Air Canada

Top United states destinations[edit]

Busiest transborder flights out of YQB by frequency
Rank Destinations (operated by) Carriers
1 Newark United Airlines
2 Chicago American Airlines, United Airlines
3 Philadelphia American Airlines
4 Fort Lauderdale Air Transat
5 Orlando, Air Transat

Top international destinations[edit]

Busiest international flights out of YQB by frequency
Rank Destinations (operated by) Carriers
1 Punta Cana Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines
2 Cancún Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines
3 Varadero Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines
4 Santa Clara Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines
5 Paris Air Transat


Public transportation to the airport is provided by Réseau de transport de la Capitale route 76 linking the airport to Via Rail's Sainte-Foy station and route 80, going downtown.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 9 September 1949, Canadian Pacific Air Lines 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 crew. The incident and trial that followed up would be later known as the Albert Guay affair.
  • On 29 March 1979, Quebecair Flight 255, a Fairchild F-27, crashed after take-off killing 17 and injuring 7.
  • On 23 June 2010, a Beechcraft A100 King Air of Aeropro (C-FGIN) crashed north of the airport just after taking off from runway 30 (now runway 29), killing all seven people on board.[23]
  • On 12 October 2017, for the first time in North America, a drone collided with a passenger plane. The drone struck the turboprop passenger plane operated by Skyjet Aviation while it was on approach. The drone was operating above the 90 m (300 ft) flight height restriction and within the 5 km (3.1 mi) exclusion zone around airports, violating drone operating regulations.[24][25][26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Synoptic/Metstat Station Information". weatheroffice.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Aircraft movements, by class of operation and peak hour and peak day of movements, for airports with NAV CANADA towers, monthly". Statistics Canada. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Statistics - Aéroport international Jean-Lesage de Québec (YQB)". Aéroport international Jean-Lesage de Québec (YQB). Archived from the original on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  5. ^ Advisory Circular (AC) No. 302-032 Subject: Designation of international airports in Canada
  6. ^ a b Le Soleil (8 November 2010). "L'aéroport de Québec trop petit d'ici deux ans" (in French). Cyberpresse.ca. Archived from the original on 10 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  7. ^ Aéroport de Québec Master Plan Archived 2010-12-03 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ La Presse (4 July 2011). "L'aéroport de Québec s'agrandit (french)". Cyberpresse.ca. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Airport Improvement Fees (AIFs)". Archived from the original on 2017-09-20.
  10. ^ a b Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Aircraft Movement Statistics: NAV CANADA Towers and Flight Service Stations: Annual Report (TP 577): Table 2-1 — Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers". www.statcan.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Travellers to U.S. will soon be able to clear customs at Montreal's central train station - CBC News". cbc.ca. Archived from the original on 4 April 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  12. ^ Young, Leslie. "More pre-clearance locations at airports, train stations mean easier travel to US: tourism association". Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Canada and U.S. agree to expand preclearance options for travellers, goods". Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Preclearance in Canada and the United States". Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  15. ^ Demolder, Damien (May 22, 2019). "Camera-friendly Canadian airport cuts holes in perimeter fence for aviation photographers". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  16. ^ https://services.aircanada.com/portal/rest/timetable/pdf/ac-timetable-en.pdf?locale=en&app_key=AE919FDCC80311DF9BABC975DFD72085
  17. ^ "Westjet to restore regional routes suspended due to COVID-19". Westjet. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  18. ^ 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 Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, 2007 Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Air Carrier Traffic at Canadian Airports: Table 1-1 — Passengers enplaned and deplaned on selected services — Top 50 airports". www.statcan.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 10 October 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  20. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Aircraft Movement Statistics: NAV CANADA Towers and Flight Service Stations: Annual Report (TP 577): Table 2-1 — Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers". www.statcan.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  21. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Aircraft Movement Statistics: NAV CANADA Towers and Flight Service Stations: Annual Report (TP 577): Table 2-1 — Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers". www.statcan.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 24 August 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  22. ^ TP577 - Aircraft Movement Statistics Annual Report. Transport Canada 2004 Archived 2008-04-09 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ CBC News (23 June 2010). "Quebec City plane crash cause unclear". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  24. ^ "A first in Canada: Drone collides with passenger plane above Quebec City airport". CBC. 2017-10-15. Archived from the original on 2017-10-18.
  25. ^ "Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada". BBC. 2017-10-16. Archived from the original on 2017-10-18.
  26. ^ Joshua Rhett Miller (16 October 2017). "Drone hits passenger plane for first time in North America". New York Post. Archived from the original on 24 December 2017.

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