Regina International Airport
|Regina International Airport|
|Operator||Regina Airport Authority|
|Time zone||CST (UTC−06:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||1,895 ft / 578 m|
Regina International Airport (IATA: YQR, ICAO: CYQR) is an international airport located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) south-west and 7 km (4.3 mi) west south-west of the city centre. It is run by the Regina Airport Authority. It was, in 2010, the second busiest airport in Saskatchewan (Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker being the busiest).
The airport is classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CBSA officers at this airport can handle aircraft with no more than 120 passengers. However, they can handle up to 250 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.
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 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 and for 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 then began 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. Starting in the 2014 summer season, WestJet has also added two weekly flights to Las Vegas, one flight on Wednesday, and the other being on Saturday.
In late 2014, United Airlines cancelled service to Chicago, and on February 28, 2015 cancelled service to Denver. In May 2016, Delta Air Lines confirmed that service to Minneapolis would cease on July 31, 2016, ending the last year-round service from Regina to the United States.
Passenger services at YQR are under significant renovation. In late 2013 and early 2014, Regina Airport Authority (RAA) undertook efforts to develop and execute a strategy to improve retail, food and beverage services at Regina International Airport. Services currently include a 24-hour Subway sandwich shop, Tim Hortons Express, Relay (Duty Free) and a fully renovated Rumor Handcrafts shop. In addition, post-security, there is the Air Canada Maple Lead 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, euros, and British pounds.
At present, the restaurant located on the second floor pre-security is currently closed for renovations. Post-security services for food and beverage are also under construction, a reduced menu is available in the Lounge (post security). From April 1 until October 1, 2015 YQR was working on additional and expanded food service options before and after security, expanded post-security retail services and improved lay-out in the main restaurant to improve traffic flow.
Announced expansions include: Main Floor Air Terminal Building: Subway, Tim Hortons Express and Convenience, Rumour Handcraft
Pre-security: Tim Hortons (Full Menu), Subway, Skyway Café, Relay
Post-security: Brioche Dorée, Tim Hortons Express, Skyway Lounge, Relay
In 2012 RAA completed renovations to the existing airport fire hall.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Canada Express||Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto–Pearson
|Air Transat||Seasonal: Cancún, Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Santa Clara, Varadero|
|Sunwing Airlines||Seasonal: Cancún, Cayo Coco, Freeport, Holguin, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo, Montego Bay, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Santa Clara, San José del Cabo, Varadero|
|WestJet||Calgary, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Cancún, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Puerto Vallarta
|WestJet Encore||Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg|
|Cargojet Airways||Saskatoon, Winnipeg|
|SkyLink Express||Saskatoon, Winnipeg|
- Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 5 January 2017 to 0901Z 2 March 2017
- Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
- Airport Divestiture Status Report
- Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
- Regina International Airport Community Newsletter - Another Record Breaking Year
- "United Airlines pulling flights from Regina, Saskatoon to Denver". CTV News. January 20, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
- "Regina losing daily flights to Minneapolis". CTV News. May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
- "YQR Food, Beverage and Retail Services" (PDF). YQR.ca. Regina Airport Authority. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
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