Regina International Airport
|Regina International Airport|
|IATA: YQR – ICAO: CYQR
– WMO: 71863
|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 is, as of 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 officers at this airport currently 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 present 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 as well as 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 has since begun 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. This year starting in the 2014 summer season, WestJet has also added 2 weekly flights to Las Vegas, 1 flight on Wednesday, and the other being on Saturday.
The newly renovated passenger terminal now boasts the following services: A Tim Hortons "On the Go" and Gateway Lounge (Post-Security), the Aviator Grill Full-Service Restaurant (Pre-Security), also the intimate Street Side Cafe in the arrivals area. Stores include a Relay Duty-Free Outlet and Prairie Rumour Handicrafts located before security. There is also a business 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, as well as Euros and British Pounds. YQR had announced plans for a parkade. But that was shut down due to the limited amount of passenger movements at the airport.
In 2012 RAA completed renovations to the existing airport fire hall.
Airlines and destinations
Scheduled and chartered airlines and destinations
|Air Canada Express||Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto–Pearson
|Air Transat||Seasonal Charter: Cancún, Montego Bay, Huatulco (Begins December 18,2015), Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Varadero|
|Delta Connection||Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Sunwing Airlines||Seasonal Charter: Cancún, Cayo Coco, Huatulco, San José del Cabo, Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta|
|ExpressAir||Prince Albert, Saskatoon|
|WestJet||Calgary, Las Vegas, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Cancún, Montego Bay, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, Vancouver, Varadero
|WestJet Encore||Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg|
Cargo airlines and destinations
|SkyLink Express||Winnipeg, Saskatoon|
- Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 24 July 2014 to 0901Z 18 September 2014
- 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
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- Past three hours METARs, SPECI and current TAFs for Regina International Airport from Nav Canada as available.