Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

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Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Aéroport international Jean-Lesage de Québec
Aéroport Jean Lesage.jpg
Airport type Public/Military
Owner Transport Canada
Operator Aéroport de Québec Inc.
Serves Greater 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 (2016)
Passengers 1,615,750
Passenger change 15-16 Increase 2.0%
Aircraft movements 116,190
Movements change 15-16 Increase 5.3%
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 the Canadian city of Québec. Located 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) west southwest of the city, it is the eleventh-busiest airport in Canada and the busiest east of Montréal and west of Halifax, with 1,615,750 passengers[4] and 116,190 aircraft movements in 2016.[5] More than 10 airlines offer 360 weekly flights to destinations across 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.[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 13 gates: 8 contact gates and 5 walk-out aircraft positions, this number will increase to 16 gates by 2017, and 24 by 2025.[7]

On July 4, 2011, work began on the second phase of the airport expansion, which will last until 2017. Partially funded through an Airport Improvement Fee, 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,[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 announced the addition of the airport to the list of Canadian airports containing U.S. border preclearance facilities.[11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


It is important to note here that the following companies are airport's terminal users. Many other companies with daily services such as Air Creebec, Air Liaison, Chrono Aviation, Max Aviation, Propair and Strait Air are not using the airport's terminal facilities but, are intrinsic of the airport's traffics and statistics.

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Gaspé, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Sept-Îles, Toronto–Pearson (ends June 30, 2018),[12] Wabush
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson (both begin July 1, 2018)[13]
Air Inuit Kangiqsujuaq, Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq, Montréal–Trudeau, Quaqtaq, Salluit, Schefferville, Sept-Îles
Air Transat Paris–Charles de Gaulle[14]
Seasonal: Cancún, Cayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo, Fort Lauderdale, Holguin, La Romana, Montréal–Trudeau, Orlando, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Roatán, Samaná, Santa Clara, Varadero
American Eagle Seasonal: Philadelphia
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, Puerto Plata, Rio Hato, Roatán
United Express Newark
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare
WestJet Seasonal: Calgary (begins June 29, 2018)[15]
WestJet Encore Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson


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


Passenger statistics[4][16][17] and aircraft movements[5][3][10][18][19] 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
  • ^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 infrequently provided by Réseau de transport de la Capitale route 78 to Terminus Les Saules, west of the centre of Quebec City.

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 crew. The incident and trial that followed up would be later known as the Albert Guay affair.
  • On 29 March 1979, Québecair 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.[20]
  • 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 90m flight height restriction and within the 5km exclusion zone around airports, violating drone operating regulations.[21][22][23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 29 March 2018 to 0901Z 24 May 2018.
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  3. ^ a b Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
  4. ^ a b c Aéroport de Québec - Statistics
  5. ^ a b Aircraft movements, by class of operation, airports with NAV CANADA towers (Annual. 2012-2016)
  6. ^ 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. 
  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. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Airport Improvement Fees (AIFs)". 
  10. ^ a b Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
  11. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-obama-preclearance-1.3484339
  12. ^ https://www.aeroportdequebec.com/en/about/press-releases/air-canada-rouge-provide-service-between-québec-city-and-toronto-starting-july
  13. ^ https://www.aeroportdequebec.com/en/about/press-releases/air-canada-rouge-provide-service-between-québec-city-and-toronto-starting-july
  14. ^ routesonline.com - airtransat extends Quebec City – Paris to year-round in S18
  15. ^ https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/westjet-to-offer-direct-route-quebec-city---calgary-between-june-and-october-2018-679281573.html
  16. ^ 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
  17. ^ Passengers enplaned and deplaned on selected services — Top 50 airports 2008
  18. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA towers
  19. ^ TP577 - Aircraft Movement Statistics Annual Report. Transport Canada 2004 Archived 2008-04-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ CBC News (23 June 2010). "Quebec City plane crash cause unclear". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  21. ^ "A first in Canada: Drone collides with passenger plane above Quebec City airport". CBC. 2017-10-15. 
  22. ^ "Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada". BBC. 2017-10-16. 
  23. ^ Joshua Rhett Miller (16 October 2017). "Drone hits passenger plane for first time in North America". New York Post. 

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